High-revving engine missing low-end grunt, lacks the premium feel of some competitors.
Ever wonder why IndyCars are so screamingly loud? Free-flowing exhausts are one reason; 650 horsepower is another. But one culprit is Honda's frenetic IndyCar V8 spinning to a redline north of 10,000 rpm. While the pleasure of being behind the wheel of a true IndyCar is restricted to those with names like Danica and Helio, a small sample of this excitement can be enjoyed via the high-revving engine in the 2009 Honda Civic Si. This car brings a taste of racecar frenzy to the masses for less than $25,000.
As the Civic Si's high-strung four-cylinder sings up to its 8,000-rpm redline, it indeed provides a stunning soundtrack for corner-carving festivities made possible by quick, responsive steering and a balanced chassis. Yet, it's the Si's engine that should make or break its appeal in a segment filled with a diverse band of compelling alternatives.
For some, that racecar nature has an undeniable appeal, demanding your unwavering attention to keep the engine high on the tach in its sweet spot. That can prove to be tiresome, though, as the engine's distinct lack of torque makes competitors like the Mazdaspeed 3 and Volkswagen GLI more vigorous and easier to drive. Unless you intend to consistently cater to the 2009 Honda Civic Si's free-revving nature, it can ultimately feel rather sluggish.
If driven to its full potential, though, you'll discover an inexpensive performance car available in a spacious, practical sedan body style (or a less spacious, less practical coupe). As a Honda, it gives you unflappable reliability, and as a Civic, it provides a user-friendly interior with a quirky sense of style. It's an appealing package, but whether it's the right car for you ultimately depends on whether you fancy driving to work like Helio Castroneves.
Thanks to variable valve timing, the Honda Civic Si's 2.0-liter four-cylinder packs 197 horsepower, which is reasonable for its class, as is its 0-60-mph time of 7 seconds flat. But those numbers can be deceptive in the real world. The engine's 139 pound-feet of torque is a whopping 68 lb-ft less than the VW GLI's, causing a dearth of low-end pull when scooting around town or passing on the highway.
You must keep the engine at a higher rev count than usual to keep it from bogging down when you need to achieve even the slightest amount of acceleration. This creates more cabin noise (the racecar thing gets old on the way to work), but it also means you'll be shifting more. That certainly has some appeal thanks to the Civic's buttery-smooth six-speed shifter and perfectly modulated clutch, but it's more work nevertheless.
Despite this high-end power delivery, though, the 2009 Honda Civic Si is easier to drive than previous peaky Honda engines. When driven conservatively, there's a refined nature to its gearing and throttle tip-in that allows for smooth acceleration. Indeed, unlike some other souped-up versions of humble compact cars, the Si is just as easy to drive as the regular Civic. It's also reasonably fuel-efficient at an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined, though the more powerful GLI does a bit better.
While the Si's engine could be seen as a possible demerit, the rest of its dynamic repertoire is bound to leave you consistently happy when perched behind its small, perfectly contoured wheel. Its steering is quick and remarkably responsive, almost feeling as if it were spring-loaded. Though it doesn't provide enough road feel, the Civic Si nevertheless responds to inputs better than many other front-drive cars. It exhibits very little body roll and despite being rather nose-heavy, the Si is quite well-balanced.
On our slalom course, the 2009 Honda Civic Si went through the cones at 68.8 mph, which is quicker than all comers in its class except the Chevy Cobalt SS (69.2 mph). The skid pad yields the same comparative results, as the Si's 0.89g is tied for class best with the Cobalt. The Si's stopping distance of 123 feet from 60 mph is only midpack at best, but after multiple stops, the brakes remain fade-free.
It's hard to find better seats in a $25,000 automobile. Upholstered in a grippy blend of soft-tech fabric and faux suede, the Civic Si's front chairs are both comfortable enough for long journeys and supportive enough for short trips through back-country roads. The driver seat comes with only one height adjustment, but in its favor, the Si provides more leg support and room than the "civilian" Civic.
The far-out telescoping steering wheel and well-placed shifter assure a proper driving position. Unfortunately, taller drivers will find their right leg uncomfortably pressed against the funky parking brake. The rear seat offers abundant leg- and headroom given the Civic's size.
Noise is certainly omnipresent in the 2009 Honda Civic Si — there's just no escaping it with an engine that spins to 8,000 rpm. Yet wind noise was kept reasonably well in check for this class and road noise wasn't as loud as we expected in an inexpensive Honda product with summer tires. Ride quality was similarly surprising; this Civic sops up road imperfections, which is noteworthy given that vehicles in this class are notorious for their jarring rides. Still, if you're searching for a serene cruiser, a GLI would be a better choice.
The Civic's futuristic dash bends toward the driver cockpit-style. The climate controls fall easily at hand and are a model of simplicity. The same goes for the standard audio controls, though our test car had the more complicated touchscreen navigation system that also integrates functions for the myriad stereo choices as well as full iPod control.
With a logical menu structure and user-friendly voice commands, the navigation system is one of the better available at any price. Its iPod interface is another story, as scanning through playlists is a tedious touchscreen-button-pressing exercise. To the car's credit, though, an iPod interface is a rarity in this class, and this one provides better sound quality than the regular aux jack included with every Civic Si.
In our real-world usability tests, the Civic's trunk easily swallowed two golf bags through its wide opening, with room to spare for a large suitcase. The backseats also split-fold via pulls located in the trunk. Child-seat installation was aided by the car's large doors and easily accessed upper tether anchors. A rear-facing seat will fit with the passenger seat scooted forward.
Design/Fit and Finish
The 2009 Honda Civic Si is more expensive than the regular Civic, but don't expect a nicer cabin. Beyond the grippy sport seats, the same OK plastics and so-so panel fitment are found in the Si. Details like an unfinished inner trunk lid remind you that this is still an economy car — and that for roughly the same price, the VW GTI and GLI provide an almost luxury-car ambience by comparison.
The exterior is differentiated from a normal Civic by a reasonably subtle wing spoiler, a satin black grille insert, 17-inch wheels and VTEC stickers on the back doors. There was some debate as to whether the sedan was better-looking than the cab-forward coupe, but its wedgy profile certainly avoids being dowdy.
Who should consider this vehicle
Quite simply, you'll need to like the Civic Si's engine and its revvy, low-torque nature. If you value low-end power and a higher-quality interior, the VW GLI, Mazdaspeed 3 or Mini Cooper S are better choices. But if a highly involved driving experience of racecar revving, constant shifting and responsive handling is your bag, the 2009 Honda Civic Si sedan should be a thrill.
The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.
2011 Honda Civic Overview
The 2011 Honda Civic is offered in the following submodels: Si, Coupe, Hybrid, Natural Gas, Sedan. Available styles include LX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A), LX 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5A), and LX-S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A). Civic models are available with a 1.8 l-liter gas engine, with output up to 140 hp, depending on engine type. The 2011 Civic comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed automatic. The 2011 Civic comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Review Had the left rear wheel bearing replaced at 10K miles. Do a quick search and you will see wheel bearings on this generation of civic are an issue, and Honda didn't correct the problem even on the last model year. The car seems to be well built otherwise, only a small rattle by the tweeter near the front left of the windshield.
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What options are available on the 2011 Honda Civic?
Available Honda Civic 2011 Submodel Types: Hatchback, Hybrid, Sedan, Si w/Navigation, Coupe, Type R Touring, Si w/Summer Tires, Type R, Natural Gas, Si
Available Trims: EX-T, Touring, Sport, Hybrid, LX-P, Sport Touring, LX w/Honda Sensing, EX w/Honda Sensing, EX-L w/Navigation, SE, LX, EX-L Navigation, EX-L Navigation and Honda Sensing, Value Package, Si w/Navigation, Si w/Summer Tires, EX, Type R Touring, EX-T w/Honda Sensing, DX, EX-L w/Honda Sensing, EX-L, DX-VP, Hybrid w/Leather, LX-S, Type R, HF, VP, GX, EX Special Edition, Hybrid w/Leather and Navigation, Hybrid w/Navigation, Natural Gas, Si, VX
Exterior Colors: Modern Steel Metallic, Aegean Blue Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Cosmic Blue Metallic, Dyno Blue Pearl, Crimson Pearl, Burgundy Night Pearl, Kona Coffee Metallic, Nighthawk Black Pearl, Galaxy Gray Metallic, Satin Silver Metallic, Opal Silver Blue Metallic, Sonic Gray Pearl, Satin Silver, Magnesium Metallic, Eternal Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Energy Green Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic, Atomic Blue Metallic, Orange Fire Pearl, Cool Mist Metallic, Borrego Beige Metallic, Sunburst Orange Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Urban Titanium Metallic, Shoreline Mist Metallic, Championship White, Clover Green, Tango Red Pearl, Clover Green Pearl, Taffeta White, Vogue Silver Metallic, Galapagos Green, Green Opal Metallic, Fiji Blue Pearl, Granada Black Pearl Metallic, Magnetic Pearl, Radiant Ruby Pearl, Titanium Metallic, Cypress Green Pearl Metallic, Flamenco Black Pearl, Royal Blue Pearl, Spectrum White Pearl, Dark Green Pearl Metallic, Frost White, Grayish Blue Metallic, Milano Red, Rallye Red, Red, Silver Stone Metallic, Sonoma Red Pearl, Vivid Blue Pearl
Interior Colors: Ivory cloth, Black leather, Gray leather, Black/Gray cloth, Black/Red premium cloth, Black/Ivory cloth, Gray, Gray cloth, Black, Ivory leather, Blue cloth, Stone cloth, Black/Gray leather, Ivory, Black/Ivory leather, Red/Black Suede-Effect Fabric suede/cloth, Beige, Black cloth, Stone leather, Beige cloth, Beige leather, Black premium cloth
Popular Features: Back-up camera, Trip Computer, Auto Climate Control, Keyless Entry/Start, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Remote Start, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-collision safety system, Upgraded Headlights, Aux Audio Inputs, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Tire Pressure Warning, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Sunroof/Moonroof, USB Inputs, Stability Control, Heated seats, Leather Seats, Bluetooth, Navigation