With Honda announcing the release of the 2015 Civic Si today, you won’t find many 2014 Honda Civic Si’s sitting on your favorite Honda dealer’s lot. We know, we looked for Si availability in 2014 and found the car to be relatively rare. This may be why Honda Civic Si holds the highest residual retail value for any compact 4 door sedan sold in*North America.
looking to the specification sheet for the 2015 Civic Si coupe and Sedan, we discover no changes. Honda made some major body style changes in 2014, tuned the suspension and increased fuel economy. They also integrated best in class active and passive safety features, installed a sports-themed premium interior, reduced interior road noise levels and bumped the horsepower and torque up a notch.
By our $ measure, Si remains a solid personal transportation purchase with measurable potential for reliability and fun. We like Honda’s high revving 205 hp 174 lb-ft torque 1-VTEC normally aspirated four cylinder. Mated to a close ratio 6 speed manual transmission and limited slip differential, Honda Civic Si provides exhilarating ‘ E” ticket ride performance on a slightly over entry-level budget.
What we discovered on our latest Si outing is a responsive, great handling pocket rocket with better than average interior comfort and style. Honda’s done a commendable job of upgrading Civic interior cloth and soft-touch plastic surfaces while reducing road noise. While Si remains in the compact class, this 6’5” driver fit in Si with relative ease and comfort.
Highs: High revving mechanically bulletproof 1-4 VTEC engine
Close ratio 6 speed manual transmission with reduced pedal pressure and rebound.
Over-all handling and braking.
Sport themed red piping on black seats, billet- like foot pedals.
Red dash lighting, 7” touch screen Infotainment interface.
Dislikes: Cheesy door panels and light padded carpet kit.
LaneWatch( don’t like it!) it’s a personal thing…
slight throttle lag via drive-by wire.
That’s about it. Honda Civic Si remains a winner for 2015, a solid purchase value with unlimited possibility for personal customization and great metric, hotrod potential.