Excellent compact sports car
By MTG on
2008 Honda Civic Si 2dr Coupe w/Nav (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
This car replaced a 2005 STI Impreza; before that I drove a 2001 S2000. The Civic isn't a muscle car like the STI, or a demanding, purpose-built sports car like the S2000, but it is a well executed sports coupe. It is fast when I want it to be, but it's a Civic when that's appropriate. The suspension is well tuned, the front wheel drive works surprisingly well, the brakes are reasonably good, and having the 6000- 8000 vtec power band is fun and effective. The navi system and premium stereo are both treats. All in all, a well executed package. I will keep this one for 5-7 years.
Versatility, handling, interior styling. The engine is a marvel, although it lacks the raw power of the S2000, the ecu tuning has produced a power plant with an amazing functional range--it putts perfectly, and screams when necessary. Well done Honda!
The brakes are good but not great-- they're a bit grabby and don't modulate as well as they could. I have a couple of dashboard creaks that seem out of place in a $20000+ car. As others have pointed out, the driver's side A pillar makes a nasty blind spot.