The Honda Civic Si Sedan packs the same punch as the smaller Si Coupe in a slightly more practical package with four doors.
The heart of the Si is a 2.4-liter straight-four that produces 205 horsepower and 174 lb-ft. of torque. The engine - a transplant from the Acura TSX - is mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission and uses a helical-type limited-slip differential (LSD) to get power to the front wheels. Fuel economy is rated at 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
Other changes for the latest model year include handling-focused suspension tweaks such as stiffer springs and rear bushings along with thicker roll bars front and rear, while the body structure benefits from a number of strengthened components. A sport-tuned electric power steering system comes standard.
Looking the Part
The Si boasts chrome trim on the bumper, a black honeycomb mesh grille, clear-lens corner lights and a sculpted hood. It continues to convey its sporting intentions with an array of unique touches ranging from more menacing front and rear fascias, side skirts, a body-colored deck lid spoiler, fog lights and a chrome exhaust pipe. 17-inch alloys mounted on 215/45 tires finish off the performance-oriented look.
Si-specific interior pieces include bolstered perforated cloth sport seats with suede-like trim and red stitching and leather upholstery on the steering wheel as well as the shift knob. The unique touches are extended to several pieces of aluminum accents including the shift knob base and the pedals.
The Civic Si also features a five-inch Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) that includes an exclusive Power Monitor capable of indicating the percentage of total horsepower generated by the engine. Honda also added a Sequential Rev-limit Indicator in the upper instrument panel to show when the i-VTEC high-lift camshaft profile is engaged, as well as to show incrementally when the engine redline is approached and reached.
Standard and Optional Equipment
The Si Sedan comes standard with A/C, Bluetooth connectivity, a 360-watt audio system linked to seven speakers, power windows and locks, a tilt and telescopic steering column, a power moonroof, remote keyless entry and halogen headlights.
Summer tires and a navigation system packaged with XM Radio and FM Traffic are available at an additional cost.
The Honda Civic Si Sedan features two-row side curtain airbags, dual-stage, multiple-threshold driver's and front passenger's airbags, driver's and front passenger's side airbags and Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA).
The Honda Civic Si Sedan can be cross-shopped with the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, the Volkswagen Jetta GLI and the more powerful Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.