2019 Honda Civic Si

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$24,300

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2019 Honda Civic Si
2019 Honda Civic Si

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Turbo engine performance, especially in Type R
  • Handling
  • Solid feel
  • Lots of useful storage spaces
  • Gas mileage
  • Materials quality

The bad:

  • Base engine drone while accelerating
  • Middle rear-seat comfort
  • Muted exhaust sound (Type R)
  • Type R only seats four
  • Touchscreen multimedia system's menus

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Subtle styling updates for 2019
  • Honda Sensing suite of active safety features now standard
  • New Sport trim level for coupe, sedan body styles
  • Five-seat compact car
  • Hatchback body style also available
  • Performance Si and hatchback Type R versions available

2019 Honda Civic Si review: Our expert's take

By Kelsey Mays

Honda’s 2019 model-year refresh for the popular Civic now hits the sportier Civic Si, albeit in pared-down form. Call it a skinny refresh: Available as a coupe or sedan, the refreshed Si gets updated cabin controls but no significant styling changes or safety upgrades — both of which came on lesser Civic grades for 2019. In turn, however, the Si avoids the substantial price bump of its siblings.

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The 2019 Civic Si goes on sale Nov. 1. Both body styles start at $25,195, including a destination charge, up just $200 versus the 2018 Civic Si. That’s a far smaller increase than on most lesser Civic grades, some of which increased by more than $1,000 for 2019.

Unlike the non-Si Civic sedan and coupe, styling on the Civic Si carries over for 2019. Both Si body styles have the same gaping three-portal front bumper with circular foglights in the outboard sections; that’s a larger differentiator now versus non-Si grades, which adopted a single, wider opening for 2019. In back, the Si coupe gets a higher trunk spoiler and small outboard bumper portals. The sedan has taller portals but a shorter spoiler, while both body styles still employ a center-mounted tailpipe.

The big news inside is that Si grades, like higher trim levels of the regular Civic, add physical stereo buttons and a volume knob — heretofore missing in uplevel versions of all Civics. The update didn’t materialize a tuning knob as it did with the redesigned Accord, but those hankering for one can still find it on the base head unit in lower Civic trims.

Other Si updates include larger cupholders, easier Bluetooth pairing, more intuitive steering-wheel buttons and what Honda calls an “improved electronic parking brake switch.” We’ll have to use it to know more, as photos of the switch in the 2018 and 2019 Civic Si look identical. Finally, the automatic climate control adds physical buttons for fan speed rather than sequestering them in an onscreen menu. (We’d just as soon use the automatic setting, but most drivers with automatic climate control apparently don’t do that.)

As before, the Civic Si employs a 205-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission routes power to the front wheels through a limited-slip differential, and the suspension boasts adaptive shock absorbers. High-performance summer tires are no longer a factory option, but Honda promises you can still get them as a dealer accessory.

The automaker announced in August that it would make Honda Sensing — a suite of technologies that include automatic emergency braking, lane-centering steering at higher speeds and adaptive cruise control — standard on all non-performance Civic grades for 2019. The car’s two performance variants, the Si and Type R, have never offered Honda Sensing, and that will remain the case for 2019 on the Civic Si, Honda confirmed to Cars.com today. Details on the 2019 Civic Type R are still pending.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

3.6

Too soon to tell

I wanted fun to drive, manual transmission, and greater than 30mpgs average. This vehicle hits all those targets. I have done only about 900 miles thus far (in a week) and i just keep wanting to go back for more... so that says a lot. the Mini cooper i test drove for a bit (~800 miles) had greater steering feel, but much great suspension feel (the bumps were harsher)... your choice on which you prefer. I also test drove a VW GTI... sadly the test drive was in an DSG (automatic) and harldy compares, but i did not buy that one. The civic SI may not be the best car out there, but i firmly believe it might be the best are for the money if your priorities are similar to mine.

4.9

beautiful car

this car is fun to drive and very stylist love the manual transmission , well equippped with too many options to list. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! beauful car

5.0

Wonder car

I purchased a Honda Civic SI. This car is very sporty , roomy and comfortable with plenty of leg room in the back. The trunk is large and opens into the interior of the car when the seats are put down. I enjoy the sportiness of the Honda SI. It handles very well.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
HondaTrue Certified: More than 1 and less than 6 years/more than 12,000 miles HondaTrue Certified+: Less than 1 year/less than 12,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
HondaTrue Certified: 12 months/12,000 miles HondaTrue Certified+: 24 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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