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While not an Accord, I had Pirelli P7 tires on my Abarth and they drove great, but they wore out in 20,000 miles of easy driving. Some Abarth owners burned through them in 12,000 miles so I did really well.
That said, it was a lease and just before turn in I had to put new rubber on it to replace the P7's. I bought the absolute cheapest tire available and holy cow, the car sucked to drive! I mean anyone could tell, where before the car handled great it was now a marshmallow. It was actually scary for me to drive as I was used to better handling. It mushed into corners like the rubber was just rolling off the rim. I mean a huge difference. I drove it home, then it sat for two weeks and I drove it to dealer for turn in. I honestly felt like the tire was coming off in every corner. These were 45 series height tires, so not much sidewall to begin with really. I could wiggle the steering wheel before and the car would jump back and forth, after I'd wiggle and the car felt like it was swimming, the body was out of sync with my inputs. Honestly frightening, never buy cheap no name tires lol. This was just a month or so ago so this is quite fresh info.
Sorry for the long post, but yes, tires can make a HUGE difference in driving dynamics of a car. Much more than I'd have guessed, though I knew tires really mattered I never dreamed it would transform my car so badly for the worse with cheap tires. Anyone test driving my old Abarth will hate it until tires are changed.