On paper they should be the same with 250 horse power but I found my current 2011 Touring responds quicker and goes faster than my previous 2009 EX model. Its strange consider the Touring is about 50 lbs heavier. I used to use D3 gear a lot with the EX when went up the hill but now I hardly use it. Any suggestion? I use the same Honda dealership to maintain both cars on a regular basic.