I've not heard of a stock m18a Liana. And swaps are usually performance oriented, so I can understand that a swapped liana can beat a stock civic, But Not if the civic is upgraded performance wise.
And there is no reputation of Liana, You know it had many flaws when it was first introduced so you can't call it a well engineered car, Easy accessibility to different parts of the engine doesn't mean that it's going to perform well. Liana is the worst PKDM car ever produced and I don't care if you agree on it or not because I know that everyone knows this, even you. And I'm not so roguish to suggest someone to buy a flop car that has no more support available in the market, not from the manufacturer, nor aftermarket. 5 years and 75% liana would be standing in the garages of their respective owners.