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.

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Editors' First Take

The 2022 Honda Civic Si arrives in dealerships this month, offering the sportiest take on the 11th-generation Civic yet -- at least, until the new Type R arrives. I had my reservations about the Si when it debuted last month; the design and on-paper performance gains seemed too conservative. But a day testing the new Civic Si around the Santa Monica Mountains has mostly disabused me of those doubts. Mostly.

Honda's 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 returns to the Si's engine bay, down 5 horsepower versus its predecessor. It's now rated at 200 hp and an unchanged 192 pound-feet of torque. The 5-hp loss at the top end is basically imperceptible, even when driven back to back with the 2020 Si. There is, however, a substantial boost of low-to-midrange performance that isn't reflected in these numbers. Peak torque now comes on at 1,800 rpm and is more generously distributed across the tachometer's swing, making the new Si feel more awake, powerful and responsive in a wider range of conditions, from zipping around town to accelerating out of a switchback.

The engine's responsiveness is further augmented by a lighter flywheel and a standard six-speed manual transmission -- no automatic is available -- which is much more satisfying and engaging than before, kachunking nicely into place at the end of its shorter throws. The 2022 Si also inherits the rev-matching feature from the Civic Type R. The engine will automatically blip the throttle when downshifting for instant and perfectly matched gear changes. As a seasoned but lazy enthusiast, I enjoy how rev-matching improves the speed and accuracy of gear changes and emboldens me to drop down a gear and hammer it more frequently. The feature also makes the Si more approachable to novices interested in learning the dying art of driving with three pedals.

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