Many have likely overlooked the
Civic Si, what with the SVT Focus,
Mini Cooper S, Mazdaspeed Protege and
the like. Mistake! It has all the
typical Honda niceties, such as
terrific build quality, great
instrumentation, superb materials and a
sweet shifter. More than these,
though, the Si has torque, seats,
space, a nice stereo, a great steering
wheel, and you don't see them all
over. The torque is a welcome upgrade
from my old Miata - at 60 MPH on the
highway in 5th you can just
accelerate. In the Miata, dropping
down to 4th was a must, if not 3rd!
And the engine is so smooth that it
must be felt to be believed.
The seats are fantastic, the shifter is
all that and a bag of chips, the motor
is smoother than silk yet strong like
grappa, and the fact that I always look
back at it smiling after I walk away
from it - wanting to get back in and
drive it some more.
The 15 inch wheels and tires could
stand to grow an inch or two, as could
the brake discs, and the 200 bhp
version of this motor from the Acura
RSX Type-S would shoot this car off the
charts. But it still gets it done well
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