If you're looking for a Civic with a bit more personality, you won't be disappointed by the performance-driven 2018 Honda Civic SI.
2018 Honda Civic SI
What is the Honda Civic Si?
The 2018 Honda Civic Si is a much-anticipated performance version of the Civic that's now available in both sedan and coupe body styles. Be careful, though, that you don't confused the Civic SI with the Civic Type R, which is a much more hardcore performance version of the Civic.
The 2018 Civic Si has a 205 horsepower 1.5-liter turbo-four under the hood that has almost 50 horsepower more than the 2.0-liter engine in the typical Civic Coupe and Sedan models, but that's only the start. The car also boasts a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission, a helical limited-slip differential and a center-outlet exhaust system. Add into the mix a number of Si-specific styling cues and the car becomes a very attractive package.
What's New for 2018?
The Honda Civic has been such a sales success, with redesigns just keeping that momentum going. Last year, Honda added the sporty Si model in sedan and coupe variants. In fact, while many automakers are struggling to sell cars as crossovers continue to conquer all, Honda actually saw sales of the Civic rise in 2017. Not only that, the Civic topped the charts last year to be the best-selling car in America. Expanding its range makes perfect sense for Honda.
Is the Honda Civic Si Reliable?
It's too soon for the Civic Si to have been rated by the J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) which is the best source of data for reliability, but we do have ratings for the 2017 Civic. The study rates cars on a scale of one to five, where three is "about average" and four is considered "better than most."
In this important industry benchmark the Civic got a three and a half rating for 2017 and, when coupled with Honda's reputation for building durable reliable cars, we get the very comfortable assurance that the Civic is a solid, reliable choice.
What Features are a part of the Honda Civic Si?
An entry level Civic LX comes standard with 16-inch wheels, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a four-speaker stereo, and a 5.0-inch screen for infotainment. However, the Civic Si adds a lot of performance features to the Civic package such as 18-inch wheels, deeper front bucket seats and adaptive dampers. Further upgrades that are not specifically performance-oriented include: a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, Smart Entry with push button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and Honda LaneWatch.
The 2018 Honda Civic Si in either sedan or coupe body style has a starting MSRP of $24,100, which is very reasonable for a car with this much style and performance.