Mid-size, 4 door, 5 passenger, Front Wheel Drive, Air Conditioned. 4 bags storage
Courtesy of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder cribbed off the Acura TSX, the Civic Si scurries off the line. With 31 pounds-feet more torque than the old 2.0-liter Si, there’s enough oomph to get moving in 6th gear above 45 mph or so, no downshifts needed. Pushing the car toward its 7,000-rpm redline reveals little of the high-end rush that the old 2.0-liter unleashed, but most editors found the experience refined enough to enjoy.
Fuel economy improves, too, at an EPA-rated 22/31 mpg city/highway. That’s well below the 28/39 mpg that most 1.8-liter Civics get, but it beats last year’s 21/29-mpg Si. Like most performance hatches, the car still needs premium gas — a longstanding Si requirement.
The 201-horsepower engine works through a six-speed manual whose light clutch and short throws make banging out shifts a cakewalk. Alas, the engine hangs revs too long, delaying a half-second or so before the tach needle falls back to earth — and blunting the precision of a well-timed rev match.