Honda Civic vs Honda Accord drag race shows the importance of weight

Updated Jul 06, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Could the Civic beat the Accord in a drag race?

What would happen if the all-new 2022 Honda Civic were pitted alongside the 10th-generation Accord for a drag race? Which Honda car do you think will cross the finish line first? Do you put your money on the Civic or will you go all-in for the Accord? 

Honda Civic vs Honda Accord drag race

10th-gen Honda Accord (right) vs 2022 Honda Civic (right)

The guys from Extra Throttle House had the same question in mind. To settle the score, they decided to pit the 2022 Civic and the 10th-gen Accord for a drag race. Right off the bat, the Accord has the advantage when it comes to the overall power output rating compared to Civic. It’s also the larger sedan, which could translate to a better performance tuning setup with consideration to model lineup hierarchy. As such, it’s safe to assume that the Accord has the upper hand in straight line sprints, and it has the capability to leave the smaller Civic in the dust. 

To put things in better perspective, here’s the tale of the tape between the 2022 Civic and the 10th-gen Accord. 

Engine (Accord gets the advantage)

-Accord: 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine (187 hp and 260 Nm of torque)

-Civic: 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine (180 hp and 240 Nm of torque)  

Transmission (Accord and Civic are on equal ground)

-Accord: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

-Civic: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) 

Curb Weight (Civic gets the advantage)

-Accord: 1,476 kg 

-Civic: 1,385 kg 

The tale of the tape gives us the idea that the Honda Accord comes with 7 hp more and an additional 20 Nm of torque compared to the Civic. The engines of both vehicles are connected to a CVT. When it comes to weight, the Civic is lighter by 91 kg (201 pounds). Could the Accord’s power output rating seal the win? Or could the Civic’s lighter weight come into play to pull an upset? Watch the video below.

As a recap, the Accord had a quicker headstart than the Civic, which is expected due to its power output rating. But, the Civic’s lighter weight proved to be vital as it managed to cross the finish line first. 

Honda Civic vs Honda Accord

The Honda Civic wins

The said drag race is an indication that straight-line speed doesn’t just depend on having a high power output rating. It showed that the vehicle’s weight plays an important role when it comes to overall performance, a concept that has already been proven especially in motorsport racing.

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Know more about Honda Civic 2021

Honda Civic

Currently, the Honda Civic compact sedan is now in its 10th generation. It was first introduced back in April 2016, and currently it has three variants. Under the hood, the 10th-gen Civic for the Philippine market has two engine options. The Civic RS uses a 1.5-liter turbocharge inline-4 that can make up to 171 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque. The second engine option is a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter inline-4 that can produce a maximum of 139 horsepower and 174 Nm of torque. All variants use a continuously variable transmission, which sends all power to the front wheels.

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Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. His love for cars first started when he got a remote-controlled toy as a birthday present. Then, Martin’s interest in cars was further developed through his family’s humble collection of Japanese cars.

Martin started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before joining Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

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