Price is not the full story. 2 cycle engines pollute more but are easy to work on. The oil
is added to the fuel
but the lubrication is poorer than a 4 cycle. A 4 cycle has a lot of performance advantages and uses it's own oil
like your main engine
but is more complex to work on. 2 cycle is still easier to find parts
for, they weigh less and can be user serviced.
One thing is the power ratings on a Honda are not similar especially on the smallest engines. Personally the Honda's are very nice engines and well built. The trade
offs are not easy to say one is better but there are service
issues with the newer style engines. if you can't work on your own outboard then internationally you are at a disadvantage. Does it really matter what you have at that point? Depends on where you are. All the really nice places don't have authorized factory service
The term "better" is a poor word to use. It depends on who you are and where you go. It also depends on what you know how to do.