Most auto mag. reviews will point out that the Civic will have less thrashy engine, the vtech is a little smoother. Also for the standpoint of reliability, the Honda will stand out (ive owned a couple Hondas and Acura's and have to agree) not saying the SRT-4 wont go 150k because it could. I think the price will be close or maybe a little higher. Oh, lets not forget resale value down the road except the SRT-4 with its limited production will keep the car competitive for a while.