2011 Honda
Accord LX
vs. 2012 Honda
Civic Si

2012 Honda Civic Si

9.7

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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Moon roof
Standard
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OK performance
14.3 lb/hp
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Has a subwoofer
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Premium radio
Standard
2011 Honda Accord LX

9.2

Runner-up

Honda Accord LX

starting from

$22,150
"Excellent resale value."
edmunds.com | talking about the Accord's value

Reasons to buy the Honda Accord LX

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Fantastic range on the highway
611 miles
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Very spacious front seats
59.3 ft3
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Spacious back seats
46.7 ft3
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Good range in the city
426 miles
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Civic Si's standard sun roof
Entertainment System 8.0 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • The Civic Si's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Civic Si's satellite radio
  • The Civic Si has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 7 vs 6
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Honda Accord LX Winner: Accord LX
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Accord LX; optional upgrade on the Civic Si
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 more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 14.3 lb/hp vs 18.1 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
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Honda Accord LX Winner: Accord LX
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  • A single tank lasts around 50% longer, 611 miles vs 409 miles
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 20% more room, 59.3 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3
  • Room for around 30% more stuff, 14.7 ft3 vs 11.7 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.2 vs 9.7

Luxury Features

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Civic Si's standard sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Entertainment System

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Number of speakers 6 vs 7 The Civic Si has an OK number of speakers, while the Accord LX has very few
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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 Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Civic Si's 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 No vs Yes The Civic Si 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

Safety Features

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
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 LX; optional upgrade on the Civic Si
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Horsepower 177 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 201 HP @ 7,000 RPM The Civic Si is of average power, but the Accord LX is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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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 18.1 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 LX is quite bad

Practicality

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
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 611 miles vs 409 miles The Accord LX 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 59.3 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3 The Accord LX has very spacious 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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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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

Cost

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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MSRP $22,150 vs $22,975 Inexpensive
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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

Road Tests

Honda
Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
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 LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
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

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2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 BMW 328i Accord EX-L vs 328i
2011 Honda Accord EX 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Accord EX vs Cruze LT
2011 Honda Accord LX 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Accord LX vs Elantra GLS
2011 Honda Accord EX 2012 Volvo S60 T6 Accord EX vs S60 T6
2012 Honda Civic DX 2011 Honda Fit Civic DX vs Fit
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Civic Si vs Impreza WRX
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Civic Si vs Lancer GTS
2012 Honda Civic EX 2011 Honda CR-V Civic EX vs CR-V
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid 2011 Honda Insight Civic Hybrid vs Insight

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