The Honda Civic Si offers astonishingly good value. With a price of $25,000, you get the same attributes that make the regular Civic such a compelling car: Lots of space and equipment, a well-made cabin, Honda’s renowned reliability and strong resale value. However, this is the Si, so it steps things up on the performance front without really taking much away from the Civic’s superior fuel economy or even comfort.
As for that performance, the Si boasts an upgraded version of the regular Civic’s 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It produces 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, which compares to 174 hp and 162 lb-ft, respectively. A 6-speed manual is the only transmission available, which may be a put-off for many, but it doesn’t get much easier to drive than this particular manual. If you were ever going to learn to drive stick, this is a great car to do it with.
A sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour should take a few ticks under seven seconds, which is far from the quickest in the sport compact segment. The GTI or Focus ST will walk away from it. However, this engine counters with excellent fuel economy — 28 miles per gallon city, 38 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined — and unlike past Honda engines, its deep well of turbocharged torque means that you don’t have to wring the engine’s neck to enjoy its best possible acceleration. It now feels as quick as it is.
However, the Civic Si is really all about driving pleasure in general, and that means far more than just going quickly in a straight line. As demonstrated in the video above, the Si is an absolute joy to drive. Not only is it abundantly capable of going quickly through a verdant, winding mountain road, it actually transmits sensations to the driver while doing it. These days, that’s not often the case.
The sharp handling, the feelsome steering, the rewarding gearbox and just the superior seat-of-your-pants feel really set the Honda Civic Si apart from other sport compacts. Plus, when you consider that there are plenty of compact cars without sporting intentions that can cost more than the Si when comparably equipped, you get an idea of just how much of a bargain it is. Whether you opt for the Civic Si Sedan we tested in the video or the handsome Civic Si Coupe, we think you’ll walk away impressed by just how compelling a package it is.