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2020 Honda Civic Si

What’s new

  • No significant changes for Civic sedan
  • Updated front and rear styling for hatchback and Civic Si
  • Civic Si gets slightly different cabin trim and revised transmission gearing
  • Improved suspension and more powerful brakes for the Civic Type R
  • Part of the 10th Civic generation introduced for 2016

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy and performance from turbocharged engine
  • Ride quality expertly balances comfort and athleticism
  • Many standard advanced technology and safety features
  • Roomy cabin with high-quality materials
  • Overly vigilant forward collision warning system is frustrating
  • Slow-responding adaptive cruise control system
  • Blind-spot camera is harder to use than a typical blind-spot monitor
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2020 Honda Civic Review

It's fair to say that the Civic officially found its way out of the woods back when Honda introduced this latest generation in 2016. For nearly a decade prior, we were underwhelmed with the Civic's design and quality. But Honda got this latest 10th-generation Civic right and, for now, is content to polish at the margins.

While most Civics stay par for the course in 2020, the Si does get a few enhancements. It has a slightly different look on the outside thanks to restyled front and rear bumpers and a new grille and headlights. There's also a slight mechanical change: The manual transmission has a shorter final drive ratio, which helps make the Si rev and accelerate a little quicker than before.

All of this adds to the 2020 Honda Civic's other strengths that include crisp handling and plenty of features. While it's still worth checking out a few sporty rivals such as the Hyundai Veloster, Subaru WRX and Toyota 86, the Honda Civic Si continues to set the benchmark.

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Our verdict

8.4 / 10
The Civic Si is satisfying to drive whether you're just doing a grocery run or heading out on your favorite curvy road. It's also economical and doesn't punish you with a busy ride. The seats are models of comfort and support, though road noise is prominent. Just don't expect mind-blowing acceleration.

How does it drive?

The Civic Si feels appropriately sporty. Body roll is well-controlled, and you can make quick time along a curvy road. The steering is also nicely weighted and precise, which is just what you want from a car like this.

The engine produces stout power off the line, but it starts to run out of breath at high rpm. We've also found that shifting quickly and smoothly can be difficult because the engine has a tendency to maintain its rpm between shifts rather than dropping the revs down. As-tested 0-60 mph times are lackluster as a result, but in real-world driving you'll rarely notice.

How comfortable is it?

Honda did fine work on the Civic Si's suspension. With outstanding seats and a ride that's never flustered by bumps, there's a lot to like. From a comfort standpoint, there's very little noticeable difference between the adaptive dampers' standard and sport settings. The seats are also excellent, with good thigh support, comfortable but wide bolsters, and grippy cloth.

The considerable road noise, however, will grow tiring on those long trips. There's also prominent engine noise, but it's mostly drowned out by the din from the tires. Rear air vents would do wonders to increase rear-seat comfort, but alas, they're not available.

How’s the interior?

The Civic Si has a more spacious interior than some midsize sedans. There's no shortage of legroom, though tall rear occupants will feel a slight pinch due to the downward-sloping roof. Up front, the Civic offers easy access through the light doors with large openings. The sedan's rear doors open wide, making entry easy, but the sloped roof might require tall people to duck in.

The rest of the cabin is user-friendly as well. For the most part, controls are clearly labeled and within reach. It's easy to find a comfortable seating position thanks to the generous range of adjustments for the steering wheel and driver's seat. Doing so also provides you a clear view out the windshield and to the sides.

How’s the tech?

Adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and lane departure mitigation are all standard, and most work well. However, Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera is a poor substitute for a traditional blind-spot monitor.

The Si has two USB ports and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Information is beamed to a 7-inch touchscreen. In general, the system is a little sluggish and the graphics are dated, but the Touring trim's 10-speaker audio system provides crisp sound.

How’s the storage?

A large trunk and an array of clever interior storage cubbies and nooks give the Civic more functionality than you'd expect. While a hatchback offers even more cargo-swallowing capability, the coupe and sedan are still useful for hauling luggage and cargo.

The cabin is awash with clever storage options. The center console has a movable cupholder insert and divider that provides great flexibility, and the amply sized, rubberized well forward of the shifter is easy to access. The ample door pockets swallow even more stuff.

How economical is it?

The EPA estimates that you'll get around 30 mpg in combined city/highway driving. We achieved an outstanding 37.2 mpg on our evaluation route, which consists of mixed driving conditions. You can have your cake and eat it too, considering the available power.

Is it a good value?

You get a lot for your money here. The Civic Si is exceedingly well-built and has nice-looking interior materials. Honda offers typical automaker warranties for the Si: three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, identical coverage for roadside assistance, and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.


Most of the people most of the time will find this Honda a wholly rewarding car to drive. Its charms are tangible even in routine driving. We just wish the engine and transmission allowed for quicker shifting.

Which Civic does Edmunds recommend?

The Honda Civic Si is only offered in one trim, so the only decision you really need to make is whether to get the passenger-friendly sedan or driver-centric coupe. If you don't live in a part of the country that sees snow, we recommend the summer performance tires. They're an inexpensive way to bump up the Si's handling abilities.

2020 Honda Civic models

The 2020 Honda Civic Si is a performance-oriented variant of the Honda Civic. Available in sedan and coupe body styles, the Civic Si is offered in a single, well-equipped trim level. Power from the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (205 horsepower, 192 lb-ft of torque) is routed to the front wheels via a six-speed manual, the only transmission offered.

The Honda Civic Si stands out from other Civic variants with a host of performance upgrades, including a limited-slip differential, a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, bigger front brakes, a unique rear spoiler, Si-branded sport seats, and a unique instrument panel.

Feature content basically matches that of the Civic's EX trim. Standard exterior features include matte black 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera, and keyless ignition and entry.

On the inside, you'll find a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks. Infotainment features include a 7-inch touchscreen, a 10-speaker audio system, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Also standard is the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance systems, which consists of adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and keeping assist, road departure mitigation, automatic high beams, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

The Honda Civic Si comes standard with all-season tires, and summer performance tires are optional.

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Average user rating: 4.7 stars based on 26 total reviews

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5 out of 5 stars, More than enough Fun!
Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Bought this car because I wanted something that was more fun than my over powered German car, that I could not fully utilize its potential for more than 10 seconds before being in the "Go Directly To Jail" part of the speedometer. The 2020 Civic Si is light, has immediate response, handles extremely well and has more than enough power for a daily driver. This car can also get you into trouble in no time at all, if you are just listening to the rev's as you go though the gears in its excellent manual gearbox. Nice surprises: Electronics. Honda is doing a great job at including many driver aides and electronic conveniences as standard equipment. Better part yet is in a car of this type, fairly easy to turnoff the electronic nannies when you don't want them, and when you do, just as easy to turn them on. I was concerned with how hard the ride would be with the very low profile tires. The active dampers appear to work great, as the ride is a lot smoother than what I expected. Rear seat leg room is also plentiful. Only item I wish it had, rear cross traffic alert. NOTE: Review is for an Si Sedan, not Coupe ( Sedan not listed in the drop down menus)

5 out of 5 stars, 2020 Honda Civic Si Coupe
Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Good pricepoint. Manual transmission ONLY on this model. FAST. Handles well. Hugs the road. No lateral movement on hairy turns. Looks great. If you are looking for a daily driver that also can be raced and is fun, this is one of them. Next level up is a Mustang 5.0 manual, then a Porsche 911. The mustang is twice as much, and the porsche is 5x as much as the Honda in price. If you plan on driving a stick for sport, start with this one and work your way up.

5 out of 5 stars, Improved to perfection Si
Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I have traded in my 2 door 2017 Si with a 2020 2 door Si few days ago. I am very happy with the new model. There are various small/subtle improvements which add up to create a 2020 Si model improved to perfection. - The traction and drive is much better tuned, reminding the 2013 model-2.0 engine performance, in spite of the 1.5 lt (turbo) engine, keeping the gas mileage great. - The safety features are great, lane departure, automatic braking and adaptive cruise control. Sometimes I feel the car "meddles" with my driving, but this is all for the better. - The look is much better, with subtle tweaks to detailing and accents. The 2017 model was too stuffy for my taste. - The wheels look much nicer, and the accompanying tires perform more solidly - The instrument panel has improved with the volume button and the climate fan buttons which were obviously needed. - The car is generally more silent than 2017 - The door tensions are adjusted so that they don't close unexpectedly while getting out. - The seats are more comfortable - The LED headlights are fantastic. Great features, quality and value for the price!

5 out of 5 stars, I Love My Si
Joel Kidwell,
Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I love my 2020 Civic Si, and for the first time ever after a new car purchase, I've experienced no buyer's remorse. The dark grey color is perfect with the black wheels, and it coordinates with the red accents very well. Out front, the new-for-2020 LED turn signals, headlights, high-beams, and fog lights are simply great. The new body accents and revisions are great, too. DRIVING - "Grandma Mode": With the new for 2020 additions of Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Mitigation, High Beam Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control, this car excels at drama-free highway cruising. Despite an EPA rating of 36, I've repeatedly gotten as high as 42 mpg. Road noise is acceptable and not too intrusive. The shorter 6th gear, which is also new for 2020, helps the adaptive cruise control respond quickly without having to downshift, unless you want to... DRIVING - The Si Side: Even in "Normal" mode, if you put your foot down, this car wants more. Then, engaging the "Sport Mode" button makes the dash look awesome via red lighting, tightens the steering, and firms up the suspension via real adaptive dampers to make it even better. Firm. Planted. Deep-smile-inducing. Fast. Fun! Also: The new safety aids are adjustable in the car’s software, and traction control, lane departure mitigation, and forward collision mitigation can all be turned off via dash buttons. SAVE THE MANUALS! The manual gearbox is a very good transmission. Honda has always made one gear a broad acceleration gear. In the 5-speed days, that was usually 2nd. Here, it’s 3rd, and it’s wonderfully-tuned to pull and pull to the redline using everything the 1.5T with 205 hp and 192 ft-lbs of torque has to offer. COMFORT: The cloth seats, updated for 2020 with red accents, are nicely bolstered and firm, but still comfortable for long drives. The red-stitched leather steering wheel is beefy and feels very good in the hands. The billet, leather-wrapped gear shift knob is very good looking and is likewise driver-oriented. However, the shift knob’s metal heart holds ambient temperature. On some mornings it’s been too cold to handle without gloves, and I have it on good authority that it’ll do the same with heat in the summer. The automatic climate control works quietly and well, and the three-level heated seats work nicely. The configurable & deep center console is quite functional. Both visors have covered and illuminated vanity mirrors, and they slide back when pivoted over the side windows. All of the control buttons in the front are also pleasingly illuminated at night. While I wish that Honda had carried the front doors’ well-placed soft touches to the back, the seats are comfortable, the center armrest with cupholder is nice, and the dome light cannot be seen in the rear-view mirror if passengers need it at night. SOUND SYSTEM: The 10 speaker, 450 watt sound system has plenty of power, and the automatic speed volume adjustment works well. The subwoofer sustains music well while adding punch. DISAPPOINTMENTS: My only four knocks are 1.) No blind-spot monitoring / rear cross traffic alert / reverse sensing, 2.) No rear seat charging ports, 3.) No LED turn signals on the outside rearview mirrors (Honda has all of three of these in the parts bins and should have them on the Civic Si, especially when comparing it to a Corolla XSE or Mazda 3 - I would have gladly paid more for all of them), and, 4.) Canadian models also get rain-sensing wipers, and since this car is made in Canada… I’d like to have those, too. UPGRADES: My Si Sedan came from Honda in “Modern Steel Metallic” (dark grey) with All-Season-Tires. My dealer-installed accessories are: All-Season Floor Mats, a Trunk Liner, Splash Guards, Console Illumination, Leather Arm Rest with Illumination, Footwell Illumination, Illuminated Door Still Plates, Puddle Lights, Rear Bumper Protector, and Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror with HomeLink. With all of the after-market items available, this car is also a tuner’s dream laboratory, but I’m not likely to do much else except for the nice, and appropriately red-accented, K & N "Typhoon" cold air intake. Your interests may vary, and you can spend a lot of time and money making a Civic Si uniquely yours. CONCLUSION: I’m quite happy with my 2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan. When the 10th generation Si first showed up in 2017, it was lacking. Those big, black fields of false vents were just too much to handle, and the halogen headlights were a big letdown. This mid-cycle refresh corrects all of that and more. You can just tell that Honda loves this car. So if you’re on the fence about the 2020 Civic Si - look again at the price - look again at the features - trust my and others’ reviews on what it can do - and just get it. I think you’ll be glad you did.

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2020 Honda Civic Type R Review: Styling, Interior, and Tech Updates Make This Hot Hatch Even Better

2020 Honda Civic Type R Review: Styling, Interior, and Tech Updates Make This Hot Hatch Even Better

[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: We've been big fans of the Honda Civic Type R ever since it first came out. It's won comparisons. It's highly ranked in our ratings. And it's our go-to recommendation for a fast four-door at this price because it combines speed, functionality, and comfort in a way few cars can match. Now, we actually didn't think it needed much mechanical changes, but apparently, Honda disagreed because for 2020, it's been updated. And this is it. I bet you couldn't tell unless you live and breathe these things. In this video, I'm going to explain what's new, what's not, why this thing's so much fun to drive, and why we like driving it so much. The two are not necessarily the same. For the whole story, go to, but also like, subscribe, and leave a comment below, too. This generation of the Type R has been an aggressive-looking car. That works for some people and it doesn't work for others. I mean, it has three tailpipes, for crying out loud. And the interesting thing is it actually writes a check that the driving experience doesn't quite cash, but in a good way, if that makes sense. But we'll talk about that when we actually get to driving it. For now, let's talk about the changes going on at the front. You have these body-colored accents on the front and rear of the car. That's new. And so are these panels right here. This used to look like a honeycomb grill pattern, which was slightly dishonest because it didn't actually go anywhere or do anything. The only place it actually had an effect was on this opening here so you could hear the horn. So now it's a bit more honest, at least. A step in the right direction. Now past that, the opening here and the radiator core have been adjusted. Honda says this is now 13% larger, if you're taking measurement. We've seen reports that Honda Civic Type Rs have overheated on track. We've never experienced that in our testing, but Honda says this adjustment helps keep the engine cool, and more cool air is something we'll never complain about. The front end of the car remains otherwise largely the same, and a lot of events here up front actually remain functional, and that's what contributes to that aggressive look. I can explain that functionality and explain what those vents do with the handy pen test. What you do is you find something that looks like a vent. You stick a pen in it. If it goes all the way in, it's likely functional. We can start up here with the front. This section, obviously, feeds the radiator. But on the driver's side, there's actually a scoop that goes in and feeds the intake. On the front, lower beneath that, this feeds the inner cooler. And then this hood vent actually looks to be legit. It dumps air behind the back of the engine. The engine's transversely located, so it sits in line with the front axle. So the air gets dumped behind it. Now underneath the front splitter here, you have these vents that cool the front brakes. And then you have this channel here that routes air around the wheel liner, in between the wheel liner and the engine bay, and it exits behind the front wheels. And Honda says that still stabilizes things. Yes, this is still an aggressive-looking car, but I think this is a step in the right direction. Next, let's take a look at the wheels and tires. When you're talking about brakes and tires, you also need to talk about suspension because that all comes together to make handling. And that's an area that we've really liked about the Civic Type R. With regard to suspension, Honda's made some adjustments. The adaptive dampers respond more quickly and they've also tuned a couple settings in the suspension, like new bushings and different alignment settings, in the name of making the handling even more responsive. As far as the brakes go, that's where the other mechanical change is. The rotor diameter is the same and the front 4-piston Brembo calipers are the same, but the construction of the front rotors are different. They were formerly a one-piece rotor, and that's where you use one material to make the brake rotor. Now, they're a more expensive two-piece rotor, and you do that because using different materials allows you to make a rotor that's lighter and can ventilate and cool more properly. Honda says the change is good for five pounds total in the Civic Type R. As far as wheels and tires go, they're the same as last year. The wheels are 20 inches in diameter, 8 and 1/2 inches wide, and the tires are Continental SportContact 6, size 245/30R20. I bring that up because we have experienced premature tire wear with the Civic Type R on track, and we've seen reports of others going through the same. You should probably expect that behavior to continue if you plan on taking your Civic Type R to a track day. Before we talk about interior updates for 2020, I want to just take a moment and talk about the functionality of the interior, and that's one of the Civic Type R's best attributes, right next to how good it drives. And a lot of it has to do with how nice the standard Honda Civic is. It's one of the best in its segment with regard to interior space, and layout for storage, and whatnot. The second row is very large. Especially with these bucket seats, you could still fit people back there comfortably. And the storage solutions for the front are very clever. The center console right here is configurable. It has compartments that you can slide around to secure stuff. And it's deep, too so there's a ton of storage available. This two-level split tray here means you have a larger section at the bottom for bulkier items, and then you have a top little shelf here for like your phone, and then ahead of that, there's a little hole you can run cables through when you wanted to plug into in the car and use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Really nice, thoughtful stuff. Now, Civic Type R, specifically for 2020, the steering wheel is now wrapped in alcantara. That's a microfiber suede-like material that feels good. The shifter's also been gussied up, and there's a new knob that's heavier. Why would you do that? Well, it just feels nicer to shift. That lever feels really good. The other addition for the Civic Type R is Honda Sensing, and that's the name that Honda gives its suite of adaptive safety features, like forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. That's standard on the Civic Type R. Civic Type R only comes in one trim level, so this is what you get. I'll comment, too, that adaptive cruise control is really nice with this because when you use it in conjunction with automatic rev matching, on the freeway or in stop-and-go, the computer largely takes care of the gas pedal for you. You basically just clutch and shift. It's nice. It makes driving a manual in rush hour more tolerable. I will say, as someone who drove an Integra GSR in rush hour to college every day, I was fine doing that. But this makes it a little bit nicer. You kids don't know how good you have it. I'll save my "in my day" spiel for another time. Let's get back to the car. I like the plaque behind the shifter that says the serial number of the Civic Type R on it. That's really nice. And to the right of that, you have your drive mode selector. That's the same as last year. But what's new this year is active sound enhancement. The Civic Type R is now pumping in a little bit of engine noise through the stereo to make the engine sound a bit more obvious. You can adjust it with here, but we'll talk about that when when we get to driving. Now we get to my favorite part, which is actually driving the Type R, and cars in general. You may cringe when you hear active sound enhancement, and I get that philosophically, a lot of people have an issue with fake exhaust noise or fake intake noise being pumped into the cabin. Well, the news is all engines lie. All exhausts lie. They're all tuned and artificial to some degree. And drawing a line between where you accept it or not is just arbitrary, so my philosophy is if it sounds good and you don't notice it, hey, who cares? The Civic Type R is a case where I think it's beneficial. One of my complaints with the last year's Civic Type R, with 2017 to last year, was that the 2-liter turbo 4-cylinder was powerful. It packed a solid punch. But it was fairly quiet at high RPMs, relative to the noise of the rest of the car, because you get a fair amount of interior noise and tire noise when you're pushing the car hard on a racetrack. That led to situations where, when you're wearing a helmet, you couldn't actually hear the engine speed. And so you have to be watching the tach very closely to make sure you weren't buzzing red line. That was not a very fun part about driving the Civic Type R fast. But also, that same quietness made driving around town-- especially when you're going quick-- better, because you could do it stealthily. I think the active sound enhancement is a good solution here because when you are really on the gas pedal, especially in the Plus R drive mode, you get more sound. I'm not going to say it's a beautiful sound, because let's face it, turbo-charged inline 4-cylinders just are never going to sound beautiful, but you're going to hear it. And that's what's important to driving fast. And the fact that you can hear it inside, that you have additional indication of when you're getting close to red line, but nobody around you outside can really hear it-- that's a good thing, because I'm all about stealth speed. Of course, they'll see it, because it's still a Civic Type R and it looks the way it does. But hey, small steps. Small steps. Now, when it comes to actual power delivery, the Civic Type R is great because when you get on the gas, its turbocharged engine-- you should typically expect a little bit of delay, depending on the gear that you're in and how much you're asking of the engine. But power seems to really come in strong at about 2,500 RPM to about 6,500 RPM, and that's a really meaty power band for a turbo 4-cylinder. And once you're moving and in gear, this car feels really strong and really punchy. Off the line, it doesn't feel so much that way because you've got to engage the clutch, and you're working with an engine that's off boost. So most of the time when you're driving on city streets at stoplights, lead-footed EV drivers and modestly powerful SUVs are going to dust you off the line. But when you're at speed, that's then the Civic Type R is going to come into its own. Because the engine and transmission are largely the same, they're just going to behave the same way as you would expect, and that's mostly good. You still have rev matching. I used it right there. When you're driving below race pace, like most of us do, the rev matching's fine. When you really start trying to go fast and try and start to do really quick gear changes, that's when you notice that it isn't as fast as it could be or it should be. Some other automakers have faster rev-matching systems, but that's OK. Now, ride and handling is what the Civic Type R does best. It balances both of those attributes admiringly well for a hot hatch or a sports sedan. I'll use two interchangeably when I'm discussing the Civic Type R because who cares, right? If you do, leave a comment. Get it out of your system. You want a car like this because it's a four-door to be family friendly so you can sell it to the spouse, right? But you also still want it to be fun. So you're always going to be straddling that line between ride comfort and driving fun, because responsive, tightly-controlled chassis can make ride quality worse. And I'll say, of course, this is firmer when it comes to ride than your standard Honda Civic, but it's not that bad at all. In fact, I could totally drive this through LA's worst roads every day and be fine. But what's really nice about the ride is it doesn't really sacrifice anything for suspension control, and steering feel, and all that. This is still a nice, great-handling car. And it's so satisfying because you can maintain a lot of speed through corners. You can get up-to-speed quickly, and the tire, and the grip, and the steering all work together to inspire you to enter corners faster, and faster, and faster, and you can maintain that speed all the way through the corner. And that's really exciting. Steering feel is enjoyable. It may seem a little heavy at first, but when you get used to it, you realize the effort is tightly tuned to the available grip and balance of the car, and that makes for a situation when you go into corners, you don't need to put a lot of effort into the wheel. But it gives you just enough feedback and there's just enough effort to balance your input against what you want the car to do and keep it on your path. The adaptive dampers get credit for the ride comfort and the handling comfort. I'm leaving the car in its key up Sports setting. You can back it down one notch to Comfort, if you want. You can increase that to Plus R, if you want. When you do that, the drive modes are going to adjust the throttle sensitivity-- how responsive that gas pedal is. They're going to also adjust just a couple other things, too. But the gist is you use Plus R when you're driving it on the race. You use Comfort if you want a little bit softer of a suspension. It also damps the gas pedal responsiveness, too, to a degree I'm not too much of a fan of. But most people should just leave it in Sport. Now, the brake system has been upgraded. We talked about how Honda did new brake rotors. They also did new pads, and part of that was an explanation that they wanted to reduce the stroke of the brake pedal and make the pedal feel more responsive. Braking performance is something that we've never really had a problem with the Civic Type R. But hey, we'll take an improvement. And I'll say that you probably have to drive this and the last year's Civic Type R back to back in order to appreciate the differences. I'll say from what I'm feeling right now, the brake pedal doesn't need to move a lot. It's more of a pressure actuation, rather than a lever, and I like that in this kind of car when I'm driving fast because you can instinctively get the amount of brake force that you want out of the pedal. It's really easy to intuit it from the feedback through the pedal. All nice stuff. Do the changes that Honda made for 2020 transform the car? No, they just make it a nicer value than it already was. I don't particularly expect the performance figures to change. The last time we tested this, we get 0 to 60 I think in the mid to low 5-second range and the quarter mile in the high to 13-second range. That's probably going to be where it's at. I'd be surprised if you saw dramatic improvements if you were really into hot lapping, but it's possible. In summary, the Civic Type R packs a lot of highly desirable features, and as it should, because the price has creeped up to about $38,000. With it, you get a really nice car to drive, 306 horsepower, really engaging steering and handling, something that feels really fun. But it's also compliant enough and functional enough for the whole family, thanks to a comfortable ride, a functional interior, a large interior, realistic trunk space, rear seats that fold down, and good visibility. There's a lot to like here, and that's great because there isn't much left in the segment that does the same. Your other options are either all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive two-door coupes, so this is a pretty unique offering, and that's always what made the Civic Type R so special. Yeehaw.

Read the full review <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Carlos Lago drives and reviews the new 2020 Honda Civic Type R. In this video, we'll explore what's new with the 2020 Type R interior, exterior, suspension and brakes. We'll also discuss what's not new, like the 306-horsepower turbo 2.0-liter engine, transmission, wheels and tires. For 2020, the Type R also comes with new tech, including adaptive cruise control and active sound enhancement that boosts the engine sound. How does it all work? Watch to find out!

Features & Specs

Si 4dr Sedan features & specs
Si 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M
MPG 26 city / 36 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed manual
Horsepower205 hp @ 5700 rpm
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Si 2dr Coupe features & specs
Si 2dr Coupe
1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M
MPG 26 city / 36 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed manual
Horsepower205 hp @ 5700 rpm
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Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires features & specs
Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires
1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M
MPG 26 city / 36 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed manual
Horsepower205 hp @ 5700 rpm
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Si 4dr Sedan w/Summer Tires features & specs
Si 4dr Sedan w/Summer Tires
1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M
MPG 26 city / 36 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed manual
Horsepower205 hp @ 5700 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite Civic safety features:

Collision Mitigation Braking System
Applies the brakes automatically to avoid a collision.
Lane Keeping Assist System
Adjusts the vehicle's direction automatically to keep it from drifting out of its lane.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adjusts the vehicle speed to maintain a constant distance from the car in front.
NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover9.5%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Roof Strength Test
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test

Honda Civic vs. the competition

Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla

The Civic and Toyota Corolla have duked it out for decades, and the Corolla's full redesign for 2020 has only reignited the flames. The new Corolla has impressed us with greatly improved cabin materials, surprisingly capable handling, and an infotainment system that is easier to use than the Civic's. However, we still prefer the Honda for its rapid acceleration, fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, and spacious, adult-friendly rear seat.

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Honda Civic vs. Mazda 3

If you're looking for a bit of driving fun to go along with your sophisticated compact car, the Mazda 3 is a great place to start. On upper trim levels, the Mazda 3 feels downright luxurious. It's available with all-wheel drive too. The Mazda 3 can also match the Civic hatchback for driving fun. For maximum cargo space, however, the Civic is still tops.

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Honda Civic vs. Honda Insight

If you like the Civic's size and layout but want something that uses less fuel, look no further than the Honda Insight. The Insight is just as practical as the Civic, but its electrified powertrain makes it one of the most efficient traditional hybrids available. Its infotainment system is also more intuitive than the Civic's older interface. The Insight's only downsides are a higher price tag and slower acceleration.

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2020 Honda Civic Si First Drive

The Si Remains Quick, Comfortable and Fun to Drive

Kurt Niebuhr by Kurt Niebuhr , Vehicle Test EditorNovember 7th, 2019

What is it?

Since its introduction way back in 1986, the Honda Civic Si has gone on to become one of the most popular sporty compact cars in America. Driving enthusiasts have enjoyed its pleasing acceleration, sharp handling, and above-average refinement and value. In its current 2020 iteration, it comes as either a coupe or a sedan. The turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, slotting it in between the Civic Sport (180 hp, 177 lb-ft) and the decidedly more mental Civic Type R (306 hp, 295 lb-ft). Should you prefer your fun little cars to come with an automatic transmission, you'll need to look elsewhere since the Civic Si is only available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Why does it matter?

The Civic Si defined the sport compact car. And along with many other Hondas of the 1990s, the Si almost single-handedly created the import tuner revolution. Through the years, the Civic Si has remained an important car for Honda, helping to maintain its sporting image. And today it brings in the youngest average buyer (36 years, according to Honda) of any Honda sold in the U.S. It's a gateway car, if you will, to Honda performance as well as the rest of the brand.

What does it compete with?

Of its original and most direct competitors, almost none remain with the Civic Si. It has outlasted offerings from Toyota (remember the Corolla FX-16 and the Celica?), Nissan (Sentra SE-R, R.I.P.), and Mazda (Protege and sportier versions of the 3). To be fair, Volkswagen still offers the Golf GTI and Jetta GLI, but the closest competitors today come from Hyundai and its Elantra Sport and Veloster.

Even though the GTI and Veloster are hatchbacks, they offer similar levels of modernity, refinement and standard features. Both are a lot of fun to punt around. And if you want to stretch the competitive set just a bit, the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ could be added to the list. While those coupes offer a purer driving experience, they're full of compromises, lacking the smooth acceleration and creature comforts of the Civic without being considerably quicker over a decent stretch of road.

How does it drive?

Changes to the 2020 Civic have been largely cosmetic. On the outside, Honda restyled the bumpers and LED headlights. Inside, there's new red trim garnishing the dashboard as well as new red inserts on the seats. We think these changes add some sophistication to the Si.

The lone mechanical change has had a small but noticeable impact on how the Si goes down the road. Honda has shortened the final drive (from 4.105 to 4.35) to aid acceleration, from a standing start but also, and more importantly, at speed. This makes it less necessary to downshift to a lower gear and helps the Civic Si feel more alive and responsive to throttle inputs.

The Si remains an excellent back-road companion thanks to its sublime suspension tuning. There's minimal body roll when you're going around turns, and the car stays composed and planted, even on bumpy roads. Putting the Si into Sport mode stiffens the shock absorbers further without making the ride unduly harsh. Our time in the Civic Si was done on the optional summer tires, which no doubt helped with cornering traction but came at the expense of higher levels of road noise.

The Si's steering is still a high point, feeling precise and natural. We also like how the Si's limited-slip differential directs power smartly across the front axle to help balance the car's handling.

Edmunds says

Honda remains committed not only to the badge but also the performance of the Civic Si, and it continues to refine an already solid all-rounder. With the inclusion of Honda Sensing (Honda's suite of driver aids, including adaptive cruise control with low-speed following, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist) and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, the Si looks to stay competitive against up-and-coming sporty compact cars.

Is the Honda Civic a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Civic both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.4 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 Civic gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 6 reviews) You probably care about Honda Civic fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Civic gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Civic ranges from 11.9 to 14.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda Civic. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Honda Civic?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Honda Civic:

  • No significant changes for Civic sedan
  • Updated front and rear styling for hatchback and Civic Si
  • Civic Si gets slightly different cabin trim and revised transmission gearing
  • Improved suspension and more powerful brakes for the Civic Type R
  • Part of the 10th Civic generation introduced for 2016
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Is the Honda Civic reliable?
To determine whether the Honda Civic is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Civic. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Civic's 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Honda Civic a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Honda Civic is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Civic and gave it a 8.4 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 Civic gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 6 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Civic is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Honda Civic?

The least-expensive 2020 Honda Civic is the 2020 Honda Civic Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,000.

Other versions include:

  • Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $25,000
  • Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $25,000
  • Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $25,200
  • Si 4dr Sedan w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $25,200
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What are the different models of Honda Civic?
If you're interested in the Honda Civic, the next question is, which Civic model is right for you? Civic variants include Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and Si 4dr Sedan w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M). For a full list of Civic models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Honda Civic

2020 Honda Civic Si Overview

The 2020 Honda Civic Si is offered in the following styles: Si 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and Si 4dr Sedan w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M).

What do people think of the 2020 Honda Civic Si?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Honda Civic Si and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Civic Si 4.7 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Civic Si.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Honda Civic Si and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Civic Si featuring deep dives into trim levels including Si, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2020 Honda Civic Si here.
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Honda Civic Si?
2020 Honda Civic Si Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2020 Honda Civic Si Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,955. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic Si Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $2,299 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,299 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,656.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic Si Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 8.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2020 Honda Civic Si Si 2dr Coupe (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Honda Civic Si Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2020 Honda Civic Si Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,155. The average price paid for a new 2020 Honda Civic Si Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $2,093 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,093 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $24,062.

The average savings for the 2020 Honda Civic Si Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2020 Honda Civic Si Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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Which 2020 Honda Civic Sis are available in my area?

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Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2020 Honda Civic Si and all available trim types: Si, Si, Si, etc. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2020 Honda Civic Si include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2020 Honda Civic Si?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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