What a Find!
By B-Dog on
Vehicle2003 Honda Civic Si 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewMany 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.
Best FeaturesThe 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.
Worst FeaturesThe 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 as is!
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