The Honda Civic Si is one of the sportier Civic models. It is a safe, comfortable car. The Civic Si has plenty of get-up-and-go for drivers who prefer a bit more pep in their step. The Si is not quite as powerful as the 306-hp Type R. But it has enough energy to satisfy all but the most power-hungry compact-car drivers. For 2018, Honda made two different Si's. This is a great compact car that definitely should be on your short list if you are shopping for a new one. Here are the answers to some of the questions you might have about the 2018 Si.
Is the new Honda Civic Si expensive?
MSRP for a 2018 model is $24,100. The Si coupe and sedan cost the same. The Honda Factory Performance Package adds $3,999 to the price tag, but that doesn't include the price of the tires that go on the 19" Black Matte Alloy Wheels. In addition to the sportier wheels, the Performance Package includes front and side underbody spoilers, rear and side HFP badges, HFP Sport Suspension, black wheel lug nuts and HFP carpet floor mats.
Are there multiple trim levels for the 2018 Civic Si?
No, there is only one trim level; however, there are two different models. The Civic Si is available in two-door coupe and four-door sedan body styles.
What type of engine comes standard in the new Civic Si?
Both the sedan and coupe come with a 205-hp In-Line 4-Cylinder with Single-Scroll Turbocharger under the hood. They also come with a 2-Mode Drive System so that you can switch between normal and sport modes. A 6-speed manual transmission and Helical limited-slip differential are also standard.
Is the 2018 Civic Si fuel efficient?
Yes, the new Si is one of the most fuel-efficient, five-passenger compact cars on the market. It gets 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
Does the Civic Si have a good infotainment system?
The Civic Si comes with a 10-speaker 450-Watt Premium Audio System with a subwoofer, SiriusXM Radio, and HD Radio. It also comes equipped with a 7" touchscreen display, HondaLink for smartphone connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and Streaming Audio, Pandora compatibility and SMS Text Message Function. There is also one USB Audio Interface 1-Amp Port in the center console and one 1.5-Amp USB Smartphone/Audio Interface in the front.
It is a well-equipped infotainment system, but the touchscreen is not as responsive as it could be. Audio controls are also located on the steering wheel, and there are climate controls on the dashboard, though, so you don't have to use the touchscreen when it is inconvenient.
What type of safety features come standard in the new Si?
The 2018 Si comes with fairly basic safety features. Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Anti-lock Brakes, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, a multi-angle rearview camera with Dynamic Guidelines and Honda LaneWatch, which is a blind-spot monitor on the passenger side.
Unfortunately, Honda Sensing is not available for the Civic Si. This suite of safety systems includes forward collision warning, lane departure warning and lane keep assist.
Has the new Civic Si been tested by the NHTSA?
The 2018 Honda Civic Si sedan and coupe have been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They were both given a five-star overall safety rating. That's the highest possible score. The coupe got a four-star rating on the Front Passenger Side test while the sedan got five stars.
They have also been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and passed with flying colors. They both got Good ratings on all Crashworthiness tests, a Superior rating on Crash Avoidance & Mitigation, a Poor rating for the headlights and an Acceptable rating for the Child Seat Anchors Ease of Use.
Is the 2018 Civic Si a better car than the Mazda3?
The Si has a more powerful engine, gets about the same gas mileage and is slightly cheaper. The Mazda3 Grand Touring, the highest trim level, comes with a 184-hp 2.5-L engine and has a starting MSRP of $24,195. The Mazda3 Grand Touring comes with a rearview camera and Smart City Brake Support, and it has more available safety systems like lane departure warning and forward collision warning. The touchscreen is more responsive, too.
The Mazda3 only comes in sedan and hatchback models. If you need more cargo room, the hatchback may be the way to go. The Si coupe and sedan have around 12 and 15 cubic feet of cargo space, respectively. The Mazda3 sedan has 12 cubic feet of space, but the hatchback has 20 cubic feet of space behind the back seat and 47 cubic feet with the back seat folded flat. So, it basically comes down to whether you prefer a coupe and more horsepower or a hatchback with more safety systems.
If you decide a hatchback is the better way to go, add the Hyundai Elantra GT to your test-drive list. A base Elantra GT model starts at about $20,000 and comes with a 161-hp 2-L inline-four engine. If you want more power, you may want to check out the Sport trim. It comes with a 1.6-L 201-hp engine, gets 23 to 24 mpg in the city and 31 to 32 mpg on the highway and costs about $24,000. The Elantra GT has more cargo room than the Mazda3 with 25 cubic feet behind the back seat and 55 cubic feet with the back seats folded flat.