Honda Civic Si

The 2007 Honda Civic comes as six distinct models: sedan, coupe, Si sedan, Si coupe, Hybrid sedan, and natural-gas GX sedan.

The sedan and coupe both have a 1.8L i-VTEC four-cylinder engine, making 140 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual is standard. The sedan and coupe meet ULEV-II emissions standard in all 50 states.

The Si Sedan and Coupe step up to an especially high-revving 2.0L i-VTEC four-cylinder engine making 197 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed manual transmission and employing a helical-type limited-slip differential to help ensure smoother power delivery in high-performance driving.

The Si models also get significant upgrades, including 17-inch wheels and high-performance V-rated tires, special trim and bolstered sport seats with red stitching inside, and a rear wing and aerodynamic cladding outside.

All Civics have Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which helps more evenly absorb the force of frontal collisions and also helps in collisions with vehicles of differing sizes. Four-channel anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, front occupant side air bags, two-row side-curtain air bags, active front head restraints, and rear head restraints for all positions are standard on all models, too.

The Civic Hybrid only comes as a sedan. It brings a smaller 1.3L four-cylinder engine paired with a 20-horsepower electric motor as part of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system, in which the electric motor boosts the gasoline engine when accelerating, saves some of the energy lost in braking, and allows the engine to turn off at stoplights, provided your foot is on the brake. Together, the engine and motor deliver 110 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque.

Finally, there's the Civic GX, which is also only available as a sedan and is powered exclusively by natural gas. The GX is only available at select dealerships in California and New York, and comes with a 113-horsepower, 1.8L four-cylinder engine.

Sedans and coupes (except the Hybrid and GX) are available in three trim levels: the frugal DX, the well-equipped LX, and the more luxuriously appointed EX. The DX gets power windows and locks and tilt/telescope steering, among other basics. The LX adds popular features like air conditioning, cruise control, remote entry, and a CD sound system, while the EX brings extras like a six-speaker sound system that's XM ready and a 60/40-split folding rear seat to make the trunk area more versatile.

Si models are equipped with a similar level of conveniences as EX models, but they also get a 350-watt, seven-speaker sound system with a subwoofer.

A satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition is optional on EX and Si models and has a 6.5-inch display screen. The system also brings a CompactFlash card reader, so that MP3 or WMA media can be played on the sound system.

Editors' Review

Reviewing a new version of a car you used to own means coming in with some lofty (and biased) expectations. I was quite smitten with my 2008 Honda Civic Si, and the models that followed left me with an increasingly sour taste in my mouth. But the Si has come back into its own with the 10th-generation Civic, packing turbocharged power in a chassis that's ready to party with some new tricks along the way. It felt like Honda was falling off the path in the last few years of sportier models, but it's back on the right track with the 2020 Civic Si.

While it's not nearly as shouty as the straight-outta-Akira Type R, the 2020 Si is still pretty flashy, and the 10th-generation Civic is definitely one of those cars you either love or hate. I think it looks pretty sharp, thanks in part to new standard LED headlights that not only spice up the aesthetics but also improve safety through increased visibility. The front bumper has a lot going on, but the flash of body color nicely breaks up the otherwise dull expanses of fake-lookin' lower intakes. Out back, there's a wing you can't do anything about -- if it's too Hot Import Nights for your tastes, the sedan has a much tamer rear end.

Open the Si Coupe's big, surprisingly heavy doors and you're met with one and a half routes to the back seat -- only the passenger seat can tilt and slide forward enough to make ingress simple; a pull of the driver's seat lever will generate a tilt sans slide. Make your way back there and you're met with ample legroom for taller passengers. Head space can be an issue for adults, though; the coupe's slinky roofline places my head firmly against the top of the rear glass.

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The Good ~ Loads of turbo torque ~ Quality adaptive dampers ~ An absolute blast to drive

The Bad ~ Inconsistent throttle ~ Numb clutch pedal ~ Far too much rev hang

The Bottom Line With much of its competition limited to four-door models, the Civic Si Coupe carves out a fun little niche that it occupies with near perfection.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Design 8
  • Media 6.5

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