I would hardly compare a brand new 2013 accord to a 97 Civic, I agree maybe the QA isn't what it used to be, being that they build the majority of them here in America instead of Japan now, but the overall build quality of Accord vs. Civic has always been worlds better.
I used to work on them. I know. Just to give you an example, the 2001-2005 Honda Civics were notorious for blowing the head gaskets within 100k. The reason why was because the head bolts were not torqued down enough which was causing all kinds of strange problems. I have never seen the accords have such an issue before.