2020 Honda Civic Type R review.

3 months of ownership, and a big list of modifications!

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What makes the Type R outshine the competition?

Well, starting off with the 2.0L turbocharged engine, it produces about 306 horsepower stock and propels the car from 0-60 mph in as little as 5.6 seconds which is faster than the Veloster N with a manual and an automatic Golf R. The power is sent to the front wheels and the gears are controlled by a smooth, yet sporty 6 speed manual transmission. And you can get all of that for a price of around $35,000!

Engine and price point

The interior and the features:

For the 2020 year of the Type R, not much has changed inside the cabin area. It features the same red and black alcantara and carbon fiber sport seats, but now the steering wheel has also been changed to a smooth alcantara material as well. As for the shift knob, Honda has listened and taken criticism very well because it now weighs more and has smoother shifting and less travel. Besides those things, everything else is the same. Same infotainment system, same power modes, and same material rear passenger seats.

Interior quality

The exterior:

The most common misconception about the FK8 is that it's "riced from factory". As from experience and being around and with this car for 3 months, I'm glad to say it's not. Most of the aero is functional, such as the air vents on the front bumper to the side allow air to pass through to to cool down the brakes. As for the wing, it offers sharper steering around tight corners in R+ mode and adjusts itself automatically. I'll admit, I do really like the looks of it. For the facelifted version, the front "vents" that used to span around the fog light are now covered and have a more smooth texture to it making it seem as if they were never vents on the pre-facelift model years.

exterior styling

The fun part, modifications

Whether it's exterior, interior, or engine mods, it's pretty easy to bypass the warranty for this car. Some of the current modifications aren't exactly considered road-legal but will have no problem passing inspection. There are different front bumpers and grilles and splitters for the Type R in case if you don't like the current looks. Spoon motorsports has a variety of custom exterior parts for it and can make the FK8 look like a whole new car. Interior-wise, there's not much to modify because it's already really good. Maybe a roll bar and a carbon steering wheel would do. Heading into the engine bay, the mods are endless. You can replace any part with an aftermarket piece of your choice. The only thing about this is that if you decide to get an ECU tune and contact your local dealership, the process will take a while due to the new integrated tech and it makes it more difficult to unlock the ECU to be able to tune it.



If you are in the market for a sports hatchback, I'd highly recommend the Honda Civic Type R. It's sporty and reliable and really fun to drive!

2020 Honda Civic Type R

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Comments (14)

  • I love so much about the Type R, the seats are grippy yet they aren’t back-aching, still very affordable, and it just looks cool.

      28 days ago
    • Agreed. The alcantara and the padding on the seats is very comfy indeed.

        28 days ago
  • It's one of the best fwd cars ever and in my opinion it looks awesome.

      28 days ago
  • I'm guessing it's your parents, and you just get to drive it?

      25 days ago
  • Does your has a ECU?

      28 days ago
  • I would get this as my next car but (and it’s a big one) I just can’t have another FWD car ever again, it’s fun but I can’t get the tail out like I’d want to

      28 days ago
    • Yeah the Type R is meant for more circuit racing than drifting

        28 days ago
    • I mean that COULD be debatable in terms of Circuit Racing, but since i’m planning on purchasing an M235i, it’ll be a lot more fun as a whole package, but that’s not to say the CTR isn’t, it’s the best FWD car that has ever been created

        28 days ago