2011 Honda
Accord EX-L
vs. 2012 Honda
Civic Si

2011 Honda Accord EX-L

9.8

starting from

$30,525
"A well laid out pod-like centre stack."
autospotvideo.com | talking about the Accord's controls
"It's an elegant ride."
autospotvideo.com | talking about the Accord's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Honda Accord EX-L

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Fantastic range on the highway
629 miles
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Good range in the city
426 miles
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Spacious back seats
45.2 ft3
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Spacious front seats
55.8 ft3
2012 Honda Civic Si

9.2

Runner-up

Honda Civic Si

starting from

$22,975
"A model of simplicity."
edmunds.com | talking about the Civic's stereo
"Slick shifter."
edmunds.com | talking about the Civic's transmission

Reasons to buy the Honda Civic Si

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OK performance
14.3 lb/hp
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Has rear spoiler
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Comparable turning radius
35.4 ft
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Average number of gears
6
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Leather comes standard on the Accord EX-L; the Civic Si only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Accord EX-L's power seats; not available on the Civic Si
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Accord EX-L; optional upgrade on the Civic Si
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • A single tank lasts more than 50% longer, 629 miles vs 409 miles
  • You won't find this in the Civic Si, but the Accord EX-L's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy more than 10% more room, 55.8 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3
Performance 9.0 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • The Civic Si's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 14.3 lb/hp vs 17.9 lb/hp
  • The Civic Si needs around 10% less space to turn, 35.4 ft vs 37.7 ft
  • The Civic Si has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • The Accord EX-L has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
  • Both come standard with satellite radio
  • Both have speed-sensitive volume
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Accord EX-L's power seats; not available on the Civic Si
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Accord EX-L; the Civic Si only offers cloth seats

Safety Features

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Accord EX-L; optional upgrade on the Civic Si
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 629 miles vs 409 miles The Accord EX-L gets fantastic distance, but the Civic Si is very limited
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 11.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.8 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3 The Accord EX-L has roomy front seats, but the Civic Si is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the Civic Si, but the Accord EX-L's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Horsepower 190 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 201 HP @ 7,000 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Accord EX-L's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.9 lb/hp vs 14.3 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.7 ft vs 35.4 ft The Civic Si is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Accord EX-L is quite bad

Cost

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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MSRP $30,525 vs $22,975 The Civic Si has a great price and the Accord EX-L is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 22 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Entertainment System

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Number of speakers 7 vs 7 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Yes The Accord EX-L has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 86 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Honda Accord LX 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Accord LX vs Elantra GLS
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Accord EX-L vs Jetta TDI
2012 Honda Civic DX 2011 Honda Fit Civic DX vs Fit
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Honda CR-V Civic Si vs CR-V
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid 2011 Honda Insight Civic Hybrid vs Insight
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Civic Si vs Lancer GTS
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Civic Si vs Impreza WRX

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