2017 Honda Civic Si first drive: looking the part Page 3

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.

2017 Honda Civic Si First Drive

2017 Honda Civic Si First Drive

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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.

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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.

Pleasing people is virtuous, but avarice is usually more fun.

Honda provided travel and lodging to Internet Brands Automotive to bring you this firsthand report.

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