If you are of the opinion that the 2020 Honda Civic Si is the right car for you, here's the truth- you're right! Take it from a former Honda Civic Si owner and experienced vehicle tester. Trust your instincts. Read on if you need a bit more reinforcement that your gut feelings are spot-on.
You Want the Civic Si, Not the Type R
First up, shed any notions you may have that the Type R is a better Civic in the real world. Let's face it, if you are buying a race track vehicle, you'd be nuts to buy a front-wheel drive vehicle. The truth is, the only place the Type R may have a tiny edge in performance on the Si is on a track. I know, I drove it.
The Type R can't put the power down. What good is more power if the vehicle can't use it effectively? The Type R just hops and cuts the power if you hustle it in the real world. The Si has more power than even it's chassis can handle. You don't need more. You can't use it.
Civic Si Stick Shift
One of the big reasons you want a Civic Si is the manual stick shift transmission. If not, you may be better off in a Civic Sport or Touring trim. The stick shift is really an integral part of what makes the Si special. The list of fun and affordable three-pedal cars you can buy new is not that long anymore. You should get one while you still can. The Si shifts great and you will love learning how to rev-match your downshifts.
Special Si Content - Wing, Wheels, And Exhaust
How many Civics do you see modified to have a wing, bigger alloys with lower-profile tires, and a custom exhaust? These are pretty popular mods for the Civic. Why not just get them in the car when you buy it new? The Si has all of that and more. Special seats and badges galore. The Si looks great, sounds great and drives great. We know. We drove it. And we have owned it. You should too.
Exterior images by John Goreham. Pedal image by Honda.