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.”
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: