I feel that u still have not received a comprehensive reply which u were hoping for.
I hve driven both cars and here's my feedback.
aceleration: new civic has a better acceleration than CL7 due to better power to weight ratio of civic. CL7 has more power but its also much heavier..
comfort: CL7 takes an edge with better and softer suspension. civics suspension is a bit stiff/rigid and so not very comfortable.
reliability: depends. if u go for an unregistered and clean CL7 it can be reliable but u must get it checked at a mechanics before buying bcz I hve seen poor cndition CL7 even among unregistered cars and its v. important to get a clen vehicle. I suggest avoid going for a registered CL7 bcz in that case civic will be new and will give u peace of mind..
resale: civic has better resale as normally accord as soon as registered will loses 10% of its value and depreciates fast over subsequent years.
so it all depends which of the above characteristics carries more attraction for u.
hope I helped u out.