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2022 Honda Civic Si: 6 Things We Like (and 3 Not So Much)

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Let’s be clear about one thing right off the top: The best thing about the 2022 Honda Civic Si is that it exists. With the proliferation of SUVs so prominent and seemingly permanent at this point, sedans in general — and compact performance sedans with manual transmissions in particular — have been identified for natural selection. That’s sad news for cheap-speed enthusiasts who find their options dwindling faster than box-office receipts for “The Matrix Resurrections.”

Related: 2022 Honda Civic Si Review: Honda’s Love Letter to Its Performance Fans

But just because the Si is among the last of a dying breed doesn’t mean it’s merely excellent in comparison to … nothing. To the contrary, this sport-tuned variant of the newly updated Civic is nearly everything its remaining cabal of would-be buyers would want it to be: attractive, exciting and inexpensive.

Still, because we’re often most critical of the things we love most, the Si isn’t without nits for the picking. For our full take, be sure to check out Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman’s comprehensive critique via the related link above — but for a rapid-fire rundown of the high and low points, keep reading.

Here are six things we like, and three things we don’t, about the 2022 Honda Civic Si:

Things We Like

1. Confident Steering

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Handling is as responsive and communicative as you wish your spouse could be. Turn the wheel, and you know exactly where the Si’s going and exactly what’s going on with it at all times.

2. A Positive Shift

Shifting gears on the (much-appreciated) manual-only transmission is a new and improved experience over the previous Si, with tight throws replacing long lobs. Meanwhile, the light clutch and rev-matching feature make rowing your own gears a breeze.

3. Elegance Over Oomph

The Si may not be able to match the raw power of competing compact performance models, but what it lacks in blunt force, it more than makes up for in balance, precision, braking feel and … just, fun.

4. Material Difference

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The cabin is a classy combo of something old and something new, with sport seats, red embellishments and a newfangled gauge cluster. The new multimedia system and Bose stereo, meanwhile, both make good on the gadgetry front.

5. Sit Comfortably

The sport seats are heavily bolstered, but supportive as opposed to stiff. And, is it just us, or is there more headroom than before in both the front and back, even with the airspace-encroaching moonroof?

6. Performance for the Price

The more exclusive an audience, typically the more buyers are willing to pay — but Honda’s not exploiting the devoutness of the small-sports-sedan faithful. At a starting price of just $28,315 (including a destination charge), the Civic Si is roughly 2 grand less than its nearest rivals.

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Things We Don’t

1. Civilian Civics Too Similar

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Matte-black 18-inch wheels, a low-pro rear spoiler, lower stance and gloss-black trim on the window surrounds and mirrors hint at the Si’s superiority to the standard Civic — and by “hint,” we mean like the minimal clues you get in a guessing game. Better opt for that new Blazing Orange Pearl paint if you’re not looking to be subtle.

2. You Ready to Bounce?

The new sport suspension is considerably stiffer than it once was, even on well-maintained surfaces. Hit a rough stretch and you may find yourself with “Mo Bounce” than even Iggy Azalea bargained for (Google it, if you must; we’re not linking it).

3. Showin’ a Little Lag

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If you feel the need for speed, you’d better be comfortable with the clutch.

“The engine requires you to keep the thing on boil mid-rev range for maximum oomph,” Bragman notes in his review, “for despite the turbocharger, there’s a fair bit of lag at lower rpm.”

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