2015 Honda Civic Si rare commodity
Way back in 2014, Torque News penned a short drive review on the 2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe. We liked the overall styling aspects of Si, noting new tire-wheel designs, upgraded and updated, user friendly interior styling, quality fit and finish. Finding Si’s nose heavy body style to be a bit color sensitive, we also noted that Si’s aggressive race inspired looks take on a broader generational appeal when cloaked in a color other than Merano Red.
Today, with the eventual arrival of the 2016 World Car platformed Civic and possible Type-R, buyers ponder the value of the current 2015 Civic Si offering.
So, for this article, we, like most potential buyers, begin our search on the internet. Living in Western Oregon, we know from past Honda searches that we don’t have access to the dealership inventory of Major cities. However, with Portland, a city of 900,000 or so, right up the I-5, we anticipated the availability of a few dozen 2015 Civic Si’s available in two variants. We found one!
Located in Beaverton Oregon is the lone 2015 Civic Si Coupe
Priced at $23,710 +, we located a base trim(no Nav) 2015 Civic Si Coupe in Beaverton Oregon. With 12 miles on the O.D., the Si is as fresh as a spring rain. Or had we? When contacting the dealership (name withheld) they couldn't confirm that the Si was on the lot. Torque News encountered the same scenario online with our friends at Ron Tonkin, Portland’s largest Honda dealership. Good guys but no Si...
On the used car side, we once again discover that a decent used Civic Si with relatively low millage is as rare as hen’s teeth, and demand a $ premium. One can expect to pay upwards of $17,000 for a 2009 Honda Civic Si Sedan with 59,999 miles posted on the odometer; dead stock, and driven hard.
For our 8th and 9th generation Honda “Tuner” readers, Civic Si may or may not be the financially feasible way to go when building your next performance Honda. Digging a little deeper we find 8 and 9 year old Honda Civic Si’s of all trim variants breaking the $15,000 price point.
For Torque News, a 60 to 75% residual retail value on a car approaching 8 or 9 model years is bordering on the absurd. But then again, we’re talking Si, a vehicle that’s been in high demand and low production since it’s inception in 1984. Most readers tell us that they like the refreshed styling of the 9th generation Civic Si, others don't. None the less, 2015 Civic Si appears to be sold out in many regions of the U.S..
Presently producing 205 horsepower and 174 ft-lb torque, Civic Si is the most powerful, and only out-of- the- box performance offering currently available to North American buyers. With the announcement of the 2016 Civic World-Car platform, buyer’s look to Honda for the next big thing in Honda performance. While we anticipate the arrival of a more powerful, possible turbocharged Civic Si, Honda’s not saying. Torque News believes that at this juncture, Honda dealers are taking a wait and see attitude as to ordering or stocking 2015 Civic Si.
We believe that looking to the base MSRP, basic, standard features, engine performance, limited slip differential and close ratio 6 speed, this 3,000 lb Honda is a good performance value in today’s market. Test drive one if you can find one. The last year of the 9th generation Civic Si will be collectable in the long run.