Used 2020 Honda Civic Si
2020 Honda Civic Si Review
- 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
- 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
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.
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. Our as-tested 0-60 mph sprint came in at 7.2 seconds, which is a bit lackluster. But in real-world driving you'll find the Civic Si pleasingly quick.
The considerable cabin noise, however, grows tiring on long trips. The engine tends to drone a bit at highway speeds, but it's mostly drowned out by the constant din from the optional summer tires. Rear-seat air vents would also be a welcome addition, as would purely analog climate controls instead of the current mix of digital and physical buttons.
The rest of the cabin is user-friendly. For the most part, the 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.
The Si has two USB ports and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Information is displayed on a somewhat dated-looking 7-inch touchscreen. In general, the system is a little sluggish, but the Touring trim's 10-speaker audio system provides crisp sound.
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.
The Civic Si, in either coupe or sedan form, comes well equipped. And with the exception of a few dealer-installed accessory options, there really aren't any to choose from, which makes the buying process a lot simpler.
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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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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Civic models:
- 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 Rating5 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover5 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover9.5%
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
2020 Honda Civic First Impressions
2020 Honda Civic Si First Drive
The Si Remains Quick, Comfortable and Fun to Drive
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.
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.
Used 2020 Honda Civic Si Overview
The Used 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 4dr Sedan w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and Si 2dr Coupe w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Pre-owned Honda Civic Si models are available with a 1.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 205 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2020 Honda Civic Si comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The Used 2020 Honda Civic Si comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2020 Honda Civic Si?
Price comparisons for Used 2020 Honda Civic Si trim styles:
- The Used 2020 Honda Civic Si Si is priced between $28,998 and$31,998 with odometer readings between 8588 and51755 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Honda Civic?
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