Don't believe the Hype
By Tacoboy on
2002 Honda Civic Si 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
The auto mags all bash this great car for not having 200hp and 17" summer rubber, but for real world city commuting this is one of best cars you could buy. Unlike many Hondas the Si engine is very flexible. You can round slow corners in 3rd gear and pull right up to speed with no fuss. The short gearing means that on the highway you can leave the car in 5th and still get great passing power. The engine is also willing to pull hard right up and through the 6875rpm redline for those times you are able to. In the handling department the Si remains very entertaining at 7 to 8/10ths. Turn in is sharp and the understeer limit is high enough to keep it fun in the twistys.
The interior is awesome. The seats are the best I've ever seen/sat in and the rest of the interior looks much more upscale than any other hatch on the market except perhaps the GTI. The shifter location is great and makes you want to pretend you are a rally champ on every commute.
It's no drag car. With the hp war escalating the 160hp that was respectable will now only barely let you keep up with an Auto Accord or Camry at the stoplight. When driving 10/10ths (autocross) there is too much body roll. It doesn't seem to upset the car, but subjectively it cuts the fun factor.