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Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Car Buying, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#6 of 25 Re: Is it worth it to pay premium for the ACCORD instead of the CIVIC? [gqllc]
Jun 24, 2008 (6:18 am)
I have a 2006 Accord as well and would say the Civic is the better looking car.
#7 of 25 General Question
Jun 24, 2008 (12:37 pm)
Does anyone have an opinion on whether or not the Accord is a better built, better designed car - or is it just bigger? In my personal opinion, the Civic is a MUCH better exterior design, but that's subjective. But, I've never been driven the redesigned Civics. I have an I4 08 Accord that I doubt I will own for very long - I just don't like it much. Also, starting this September, I'm going to start putting 2500 miles per month on my car. My 08 gets 26-28 mpg, and that just ain't good enough for a car that has such little useable power! With gas prices the way they are, I might take a good look at a manual tranny civic. Any thoughts?
#8 of 25 Re: General Question [bug4]
Jun 24, 2008 (12:44 pm)
The Civic and the Accord should be similar in build quality, while the Accord will have more thoughtful features than the Civic.
If you feel the Accord has little usable power, the Civic is going to feel even less powerful. With a low-amount of peak torque, the Civic really has to be wound up to high-rpms to get moving quickly.
Also, if you are doing more highway driving, the automatic Civic will offer you better highway mileage than the manual transmission version will.
If you are trading down to a new Civic for fuel economy, make sure you aren't spending more in the trade than you would by keeping the larger, more comfortable Accord (a car that is naturally better suited to the highway).
#9 of 25 Re: General Question [thegraduate]
Jun 24, 2008 (2:46 pm)
Thanks grad! Any opinion on the issue of ride quality. With a shorter wheel-based, the Civic would have a different ride.
I assume the auto tranny gets better gas mileage because of different, higher revving, gear ratios in the manual? [Ultimately, slight differences in fuel economy won't get me to buy the automatic. I'll never buy an automatic transmission again - at least not one where you can't choose between the top gears. It's not a problem with the actual transmission, I just HATE not having that control when I'm driving on the highway. I will likely sell my Accord within a year just to get rid of the automatic transmission. I have never owned a car without MT and I thought I could live with a new Honda with AT. I can't!]
#10 of 25 Re: General Question [bug4]
Jun 24, 2008 (3:21 pm)
Having just test-driven a 2008 Accord EX over the weekend, and my dad having a 2007 Civic, I can tell you that the Accord rides noticeably better, while also handling very nicely. The fact that the Civic really seems to feel "on-the-ground" is a big difference in the higher-up Accord, as well.
#11 of 25 Re: General Question [thegraduate]
Jun 29, 2008 (10:57 am)
Accord V6 is super smooth, a bit more luxry than Civic. Both are excellent cars. It depends on your budget.
#12 of 25 09 Civic or Accord if same payment
Oct 06, 2008 (4:42 pm)
I am looking to lease a Honda. The payment would be same for Civic LX-S or a Accord LX. which one will be a better buy. I know Civic is better in gas by about 10 miles than the accord or maybe less.
#13 of 25 Re: 09 Civic or Accord if same payment [usair]
Oct 06, 2008 (7:44 pm)
It won't be a 10 mpg difference. Maybe as much as 5, depending on mix of city and highway.
Which one do you like driving better? Do you carry adults or big kids in the back seat very often? Do you like the idea of having electronic stability control on your car? Do you need to park in tight spaces very often? Will the fuel economy difference be a big deal for you?
Those are the kinds of questions you should be asking yourself.
#14 of 25 Re: 09 Civic or Accord if same payment [backy]
Oct 07, 2008 (6:58 am)
Also... which one do you find more appealing personally? Is fun to drive important? Ride comfort?
Oct 07, 2008 (11:05 am)
I test drove the Civic recently while buying a Fit. The Fit was for another family member and I thought, hey, maybe I'll buy a Civic tonight as it too gets good mileage. So, I loaded my family into the car and, while I found the driving experience acceptable, it wasn't something that excited me. Still, if mileage and reliability were strong considerations, I felt the Civic would be a great candidate. Also, as I have my family to consider, I also listened when they said they weren't enthralled by the rear seats, especially if we were to take long trips.
Now, the Accord V6, as was stated earlier, has a very smooth acceleration factor. I also found riding around in it much smoother and the seats more comfortable. My family responded very favorable to the rear seats as well.
So, I sacrificed a lot more money on the initial purchase and much better gas mileage down the line for something my family and I feel will serve us better on a day to day basis.