To its credit, the Si ran lap after lap that we asked, willing to push and unwilling to give up grip. The chassis is a champion, and it’ll likely show later. The Si likes to devour miles, the Type R will likely devour corners.
At just under $25,000 for an Si coupe, the new Si makes a case as a better Civic considering it comes standard with adaptive dampers, premium audio, better front buckets, 18-inch wheels, and a manual transmission. Compared to even other Civics, the Si is a compelling value.
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But the white space between the Civic Sport and the Type R is too convenient as the sun set on our desert mission.
After it was done and the notes were considered, the Civic Si is incrementally better than the one before it. But considered within the family—especially between the rambunctious Type R and over-achieving Civic Sport—by now the Civic Si has shared too many secrets with its siblings. The Civic Sport gets the Si's old hatch body style, the Type R is gifted with VTEC.
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