Not only is the Civic Si among the best performance values in the country, we named it one of our 10Best Cars for 2018. While it shares that award with the Civic Sport and Type R hatchbacks, the Si is the only one of the three available as either a coupe or a sedan. As with all Civics, the Si versions have practical interiors and competitive cargo storage. Too bad all of these hi-po Hondas are so highly stylized inside and out, a trait that divides us concerning their attractiveness—or lack thereof. Still, the Si enthralls enthusiasts with its ethereal chassis, manual-only transmission, and 205-hp turbo four-cylinder. Its acceleration isn’t as spellbinding as its ride and handling, but the bang for your buck is nearly unbeatable.
What’s New for 2018?
Other than a starting price that increases from $24,775 to $24,995—that’s a $220 difference for those without a calculator—the Civic Si coupe and sedan enter 2018 without any alterations or enhancements.
What Was New for 2017?
The Si was a new addition to the Civic lineup for 2017, eagerly awaited ever since the last version went out of production in 2015. The underpinnings and engine were largely shared with the regular Civic, but they’re modified specifically for this model.
Trims and Options We’d Choose
The Si makes this easy. It comes either as a coupe or a four-door sedan. There’s a single powertrain available—a 205-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four mated to a six-speed manual transmission—and one factory option: sticky summer tires. At $200, they are a must-have option. The coupe and sedan versions cost the same, the interior is available only in black, and every exterior color is available at no cost. With scant choices, we have almost no advice when it comes to options, save this: Please don’t choose the radioactive-vomit-colored Energy Green Pearl paint. The Si starts at $24,995. Add the summer rubber and you’re there. Standard features include:
• 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
• Six-speed manual transmission
• Adaptive dampers
• Heated front seats
There’s only one available powertrain for the Civic Si, and it’s very good—although its small turbo engine does suffer from boost lag when the revs are low. The six-speed manual is a joy to row.