Honda Civic: The Two Extremes
July 01, 2009
Say what you want about the Honda Civic, but there's no denying the vehicle's range. You want a cheap A to B sedan? No problem. An inexpensive, fun, little coupe? Got it. A Hybrid? Sure. One that runs on Natural Gas? Okay. A hot rod? Yup.
Basically there's a Civic for everybody and everything. And so I thought it would be fun to compare the track test numbers of the Civic's two extremes, our long-term Civic GX, which drinks (or is it inhales?) compressed natural gas and the Civic Si, which is known for eating American musclecars.
Both are front-wheel drive and powered by four-cylinders and both cost about $25,000, but the GX is powered by a 113 hp 1.8-liter engine while the Si is packing a 197 hp 2.0-liter. Oh, and the GX uses a 5-speed automatic transmission. The Si of course get six-speed manual.
0-60 mph: 12.6 sec.
1/4 mile: 18.9 sec. @ 72.9 mph
60-0 mph Braking: 135 ft.
700 ft. Slalom: 62.8 mph
200 ft. Skid Pad: .75g
Honda Civic Si
0-60 mph: 7.0 sec.
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout: 6.7 sec.
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 15.3 sec @ 93.0 mph
60 - 0 mph Braking: 123 ft.
700 ft. Slalom: 68.8 mph
200 ft. Skid Pad: .89g
No surprise here of course. The Si performs better. I just thought it would be fun to see the performance range of Honda's beloved Civic. I know which one I'd rather have.
Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief