Si = performance, handling and economy
By Thunder on
2007 Honda Civic Si 4dr Sedan w/Navi, Summer Tires (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
The split-level dash is awesome - almost like having a heads-up display. The car reads your mind on changing directions, and accelerates very un-Honda-like when desired. It's a little loud inside, and the ride is like that of a full-size truck, but overall it strikes an exceptional balance between sport and function, and gets 33 hwy MPG. In almost 8K miles so far, I've averaged better than 30 MPG overall - amazing, as I haven't babied it. The low torque (139 lb-ft) of the Si relative to turbocharged competitors was a feature, as it allows me to be far more smooth than while trying to second-guess a turbo.
Jekyll & Hyde - can be benign to drive when shifting under 3K RPM. But rev it up to 5800 (where VTEC kicks in) and it's a monster for 2200 RPM. Close ratio in 1st through 5th means shifting near the 8K redline puts you back in VTEC in the higher gear. Too much fun. Handles like a slot car.
Improve build tolerances (on my Canadian-assembled car, at least) since rattles proliferate after a few thousand miles. Thick, sloping A-pillars are a challenge in curves & turns - perhaps do like that Volvo concept car and make them partially transparent. Fix the acknowledged 3rd gear problem.