Honda’s on a roll with its Civic Si updates. After model-year 2019 enhancements, the sport-oriented coupe and sedan are back for 2020 with lightly refreshed front and rear styling, a revised final drive ratio, more standard safety features and a corresponding price bump. 2020 Civic Si coupes and sedans start at $25,930 (including a $930 destination charge), which is $700 more than the outgoing model.
Both models still use the turbocharged 205-horsepower, 1.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. New this year is a 6 percent shorter final-drive ratio, which will be experienced mainly as a lower 1st gear for more responsive acceleration off the line.
Outside, both body styles get tweaked lower front and rear bumpers with more gloss-black trim, new foglight designs, and multi-element LED headlights with a wider and longer beam. All Civic Si models now feature standard matte-black 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-season performance tires; the summer-tires factory option adds $200 to both body styles.
For 2019, the Si models got an updated version of Honda’s multimedia system. This year, the changes inside are more minor: updated sport seats with red accents on the seat bottom and seatback, and new red trim on the instrument panel.
In terms of safety, there’s a lot of new standard equipment. The Honda Sensing package includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist and lane departure warning.
The 2020 Civic Si coupe and sedan arrive at dealerships on Sept. 6.
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