2017 Honda Civic SI Coupe Review

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the si is a top performer in its class

2017 Honda Civic SI Coupe

The Facts:

Base Price: $23,900

Engine: Turbocharged 1.5L I4

Horsepower: 205 @ 5700 rpm

Torque: 192 lb-ft @ 2100-5000 rpm

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

Curb Weight: 2879 lbs

0-60: 6.3 sec

MPG: 28 City / 38 Hwy

Aggressive Styling People Will Notice:

In 2016, Honda launched an entirely new Civic with dramatic styling changes both inside and out. The design was well received by both enthusiasts and the average consumer. Finally, the Honda Civic turns heads. The SI variant gives you a few extras such as unique 18-inch alloy wheels with a machine-finished face and gloss black accents plus a giant spoiler which makes the Civic SI look as if it could fly away! People actually came up and asked me about the car. When I replied that it’s the new Honda Civic SI, they would gasp “That’s a Honda?!” It’s safe to say Honda really did an outstanding job making the all new Civic stand out from the crowd.

Great Value:

Honda has always been a value brand, building vehicles that most Americans can obtain. This company ideal wasn’t forgotten when they came out with the new SI. Starting at just under 24k, it’s a real deal; especially so when you consider the build quality, design, driving dynamics and tech. The SI is also available in a sedan body style which has a starting price of $24,100, obviously a very good value as well. The closest competitor in my is the Ford Focus ST (only available in hatchback style.) The ST starts at a hair under 25k, making the Civic SI line an overall better value. When considering other vehicles in this segment, the Civic always manages to edge out the competition when it comes to interior quality; there are no hard plastics or cheap materials. Instead, Honda decided to go with lots of soft cloth and cushy door panel coverings which were most welcome.

It’s So Comfortable:

A couple different things really stood out to me when it came to everyday drivability. I was astonished at how smooth the ride was: even going over large bumps didn’t result in any jostling, yet I still managed to feel impressively connected to and in tune with the road. The super comfortable seats literally hug you around corners; the bolstering isn’t too much as to force you out of the seat, but just the right amount to keep you in place while still comfortable for normal driving. The red SI logo is embroidered in both of the front seats which is a nice touch as well.

Driving Pleasure:

Of course, the most important part of the SI would be the driving dynamics. It offers more performance over the standard Civic without sacrificing comfort or price. The turbo I4 which offers 192 lb-ft @2100 rpm is key here, managing to thrust this car to 60 in just 6.3 seconds. You can definitely have some fun when you really stomp on the gas pedal. The only transmission available is a 6-Speed manual which is geared (no pun intended) towards ease of use, rather than a true sports car gearbox. The clutch is light and has a long engagement period, and the shifts are rather long throws. This would be my biggest complaint about the SI: the clutch and gearbox are holding it back from reaching its true potential. However, when it comes to the handling of a front drive car, you will be hard pressed to find one that manages to avoid oversteer and keep traction like this machine. You can throw it into a curve and come out the other end with complete confidence. When you combine this I4 turbo and the handling dynamics of the all new Civic SI, you just naturally fall in love.

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