For those who think the Honda Civic Type R is not for them — perhaps because of its price, or maybe its outlandish styling — meet the 2020 Honda Civic Si. Still sporting a six-speed manual transmission as the only method of shifting its gears, the Si is more affordable than the Type R, has sportier styling than a standard Civic without fully committing to the bit like the Type R and, according to Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman, is almost as good.
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“Yes, it is definitely good,” writes Bragman. “The Civic platform is exceptionally well done, with outstanding body control and possessing a solid, substantial feel. The extra power that comes with the Si (the regular model spans 158 — 180 hp) is noticeable, but you do need to keep the revs up in order to use it. Yet you won’t mind doing that as the engine revs so happily and sounds so wonderfully growly (yes, the music is partially augmented using the audio system) that you’ll find yourself winding it out just to enjoy the experience. The clutch action is typical Honda — superlight with the pickup point not far from the top of the pedal’s travel. The stick is quick and precise, but the shifter felt a bit long and the knob a tad small in my hand. Both are conditions easily adjusted via a plethora of aftermarket parts suppliers.”
The Civic Si replaces the 2020 Subaru Legacy review in third place. The rest of the top five reviews remain largely unchanged, save for the American muscle of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 swapping places with the 2020 Toyota Corolla.
Our popular videos this week remain our fan favorites, including our First Drive of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. The Palisade was a competitor recently in our seven-way battle royale for three-row SUV supremacy. Stay tuned for the results of that comparison, coming soon to Cars.com.
Check out the top five reviews and videos of the week below.
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