Honda just released the new and affordable 2017 Civic Si, available as a coupe or a sedan. The best part is that it is already out in the market since May 13, and Honda just announced it a day before it went on sale.
We do know that coupes usually cost more than sedans, but for the Civic Si, that is not the case. Both models have a price tag of $24,775 for the base version, inclusive of the $875 destination fee. And if customers opt for performance tires, that will be a total of $24,975. Still very affordable, I would say.
Though it may not be as powerful as its main competitors, the Civic Si is still a very good choice, perhaps for first-time car owners. Either the sedan or the coupe will come with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 205 horsepower (153 kilowatts) and 192 pound-feet (260 Newton-metres) of torque. The front wheel drive is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, and there is a limited-slip differential to maximize traction.
Standard features that come with the Civic Si include dual-zone climate control and heated front seats, as well as a seven-inch information display with settings to display turbo boost, shift lights, and a G-meter.
When it comes to the weigh-in, the Civic Si coupe weighs 2,889 pounds, while the sedan is a little heavier at 2,906 pounds. Both are much lighter than their competitors, with the four-door Volkswagen GTI at 3,082 pounds, and the Ford Focus ST at 3,223 pounds.
The VW GTI has a price tag of $26,415 including the $820 destination fee, while the Ford Focus ST is a little less expensive at $25,650 with the $875 destination fee. But none of its competitors can beat the Honda Civic Si’s price. Performance wise, the Civic Si is less powerful compared to the other two (according to the specs), but you can’t really judge until you have test driven all models.
Can’t decide which one is for you? Well, if you prefer a sportier looking car, then go for the coupe. But if you want to stick to a more conventional and convenient car, then the sedan should do just fine. But if you feel like the Civic Si isn’t good enough, then you can always opt for the Civic Type R which will be available in late spring. The Civic Type R can definitely perform better with its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and of course, it will be priced higher than the Si too. Honda says that it will be in the mid-30k range.