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Rollout: The 2022 Honda Civic Si

2022 Honda Civic Si front 3/4 view

Gotta hand it to Honda. In a matter of a few months, they've dropped not just a great new Civic on us, but a great lineup of Civics. First there was the Civic Sport and Civic Touring, which I reviewed in October, six weeks later, I was telling you about the Civic Hatchback Sport Touring, and now we have the Honda Civic Si.

2022 Honda Civic Si rear 3/4 view

The Si is the next-to-the-top rung of the Civic performance ladder, with the still-to-come Civic Type R the true hot Honda.

2022 Honda Civic Si hood up

2022 Honda Civic Si engine

The Civic Sport has a 2.0-liter four making 158 horsepower and the Touring and Hatchback Sport Touring have a 1.5-liter turbo four with 180 horses. The Si takes the 1.5 and wrings another 20 horsepower out of it for a total of 200. There's a six-speed manual transmission (Honda's usual incredibly precise short-throw shifter makes changing gears part of the fun) and a limited-slip differential. There's very little penalty in terms of fuel economy for the extra oomph...the Si gets an estimated 27 miles per gallon city/37 highway---matching all the other Civics' highway figures and giving up 3 mpg in the city to the Sport and the Hatchback Sport Touring and 4 mpg to the Touring. Our tester also came with high-performance tires---235/40 R18 summer tires, with tremendous grip that enhanced handling.

2022 Honda Civic Si trunk open

2022 Honda Civic Si rear seat

2022 Honda Civic Si front seats

2022 Honda Civic Si front seat detail

2022 Honda Civic Si instrument panel

I've raved about the new Civic's interior design---especially the artfully hidden HVAC vents---in every single review, so let's just focus on what's unique to the Si that comes standard at its $27,500 base price: A three-mode drive system (normal, sport and individual), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather, wrapped shift knob, front sport seats, sport pedals, and a Bose Premium audio system with 12 speakers.

2022 Honda Civic Si steering wheel and gauge cluster

2022 Honda Civic Si center stack

2022 Honda Civic dashboard vents

And, apart from $395 for the Blazing Orange Pearl paint, that's it. With $1,015 destination and handling, the as-tested price of the 2022 Honda Civic Si is $28,910.

2022 Honda Civic Si front view

2022 Honda Civic Si side view

2022 Honda Civic Si rear view

For the money, it's hard to imagine a better all-around car, one that delivers practicality and performance in equal measure.


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