Honda Civic Si Sedan

The current generation Honda Civic was offered initially only in sedan form, but a coupe version appeared later in the model year, and now finally a hatchback version has appeared. With plenty of trim levels and a variety of body styles, there's a Civic for nearly every need.

The base LX comes simply equipped but leaves nothing out, and includes anti-lock brakes, power-adjustable mirrors, a 160-watt CD/MP3 stereo with Bluetooth, power windows and locks and remote keyless entry.

Coupe models offer an additional trim level, LX-P that adds a sunroof and keyless ignition to the LX model.

EX models add 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, an upgraded 8-speaker stereo as well as LaneWatch blind spot monitoring as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Leather seats, steering wheel and shift-knob are optional as are an 8-way power-adjustable driver seat.

The Touring Civic has 17-inch machined alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, a 450-watt audio system that also includes a 7-inch touchscreen that also includes all of the modern smartphone connectivity. Leather seats are standard on the Touring and they are heated and power-adjustable. Dynamic cruise control and dual-zone climate control are also included.

On LX and EX Civics, a 158-horsepower, 2.0L i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine is standard. The LX is the only trim that offers a 6-speed manual transmission. All others come with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The EX-T and Touring come with a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine makes 174 horsepower and 162 lb-feet of torque.

Civic Hatchbacks are also available in the Sport Touring trim. Sport Touring adds LED headlights, heated rear outboard seats, an aero kit and sport pedals.

Safety takes a strong presence in the new Civic. Of course it includes front and side airbags, but low tire pressure warning, backup camera and stability control are also standard on every Civic. Starting with the EX, a blind-spot monitoring system is included.

Honda Sensing system, is optional across the board. It's a suite of safety features that includes Lane Keep Assist, which will monitor and can even nudge the vehicle back into its lane, Blind Spot sensors and Collision Mitigation that will detect an impending accident and can even apply the brakes if needed.

Editors' Review

Living somewhat in the shadow of the razor-sharp Honda Civic Type R and competing directly with the excellent Volkswagen GTI, the humble Honda Civic Si has sort of flown under the radar since its debut in 2017. But in fact, the Civic Si is an exceptionally well-balanced and engaging sport compact -- one of my favorites in this class. On top of that, it's also a great budget performance pick.

This year, the 2020 Si gets the ol' midcycle refresh with revisions to the exterior and interior design, enhancements to its suite of standard driver assistance features and a few performance tweaks.

The little turbo that could

Peek under the hood and you'll find the Si is powered by a 1.5-liter, turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine producing 205 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Now, 1.5 liters may sound a bit small, but the peppy little engine boasts very healthy midrange torque -- with peak twisting force coming on as low as 2,100 rpm -- and a delightful willingness to happily swing the tachometer up to its 6,500-rpm limiter time and time again. Sure, it's at a power and torque disadvantage compared with its fiercest foe, the VW GTI, but the Si is no less exciting once the revs start building.

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The Good ~ Turbo engine matches good midrange torque with high-rev thrills ~ Handling is precise and engaging ~ The 2020 model is easier to live with thanks to new driver-aid and cabin tech

The Bad ~ No onboard navigation option ~ Honda LaneWatch is no substitute for true blind-spot monitoring

The Bottom Line A sport compact legend in its own right, the 2020 Honda Civic Si gets even better with excellent performance and great value.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8
  • Design 8
  • Media 7.5

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