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

2011 Honda Accord EX-L

10.0

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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Front air conditioning
Standard
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OK brakes
Disc
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Power locks
Standard
2012 Honda Civic DX

8.6

Runner-up

Honda Civic DX

starting from

$16,375
"The 2011 Honda Civic is a perfectly enjoyable way to travel."
kbb.com | talking about the Civic's ride quality
"The Civic's two-tier execution seems to make all the sense in the world."
kbb.com | talking about the Civic's controls

Reasons to buy the Honda Civic DX

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Good city fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Has rear spoiler
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Comparable turning radius
35.5 ft
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Very inexpensive
$16,375
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.3
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts more than 30% longer, 629 miles vs 475 miles
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Disc brakes on the Accord EX-L can provide better stopping action
  • Almost the same
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic DX Winner: Civic DX
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg vs 23 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $14,150 cheaper (around 50% less), $16,375 vs $30,525
Performance 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 10.0 vs 8.6

Luxury Features

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Accord EX-L's standard sun roof
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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 DX
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Accord EX-L; not available on the Civic DX
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Accord EX-L; the Civic DX only offers cloth seats

Practicality

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 629 miles vs 475 miles The Accord EX-L gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Civic DX gets OK distance
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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 51.3 ft3 The Accord EX-L has roomy front seats, but the Civic DX 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 DX, but the Accord EX-L's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 4 vs 2 The Accord EX-L has an OK number of cupholders while the Civic DX has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Not Available On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Civic DX, but the Accord EX-L will get you around in comfort

Safety Features

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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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 Drum The Accord EX-L has good brakes for high-performance driving
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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 DX
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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MSRP $30,525 vs $16,375 The Civic DX has a great price and the Accord EX-L is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 28 mpg The Civic DX has great city mileage and the Accord EX-L is pretty reasonable
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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

Performance

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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Horsepower 190 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 140 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Accord EX-L is of average power, but the Civic DX is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 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 18.5 lb/hp The Accord EX-L has OK performance while the Civic DX gives sluggish 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 35.5 ft The Civic DX is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Accord EX-L is quite bad

Road Tests

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 8.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs 126 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 86 mph vs 16.8 s @ 82 mph The Accord EX-L's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Civic DX's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs 0.81 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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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

Entertainment System

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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Number of speakers 7 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Accord EX-L's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Civic DX does not
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the Accord EX-L; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Civic DX
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Accord EX-L's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The Accord EX-L can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No 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

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Nissan Maxima SV Accord EX-L vs Maxima SV
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 BMW 328i Accord EX-L vs 328i
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Accord EX-L vs Avalon Limited
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Accord EX-L vs C63 AMG
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 Honda CR-V Civic Si vs CR-V
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid 2011 Honda Insight Civic Hybrid vs Insight
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Honda CR-Z Civic Si vs CR-Z

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