By on August 21, 2019

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Not surprisingly, one change bound for the 2020 Honda Civic Si is its price, but fans of Honda’s sensible middle ground between Civic Sport and Civic Type R won’t be driving away empty handed.

For the coming model year, the bearer of Honda’s hotter 1.5-liter gains a mild change in appearance, additional content, and a nod towards improved performance.

If you’ve seen the front-end styling tweaks performed on the regular 2020 Civic line, expect the same here. The Si sedan and coupe toss the previous chunky, blacked-out grille crossbar in favor of two slimmer, equally dark bars placed top and bottom. A body-color bar now interrupts the fog light housings, which themselves are ringed in black.

Small stuff, made slightly more expressive by the addition of standard multi-element LED headlamps that casts a longer beam. (The crowd at IIHS is probably smiling right now.) It’s a similar story out back, at least on the bumper level.

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While none of this is likely to either tempt or repel a Civic Si intender, a new, shorter final-drive ratio for the Si’s six-speed manual is said to improve acceleration feel. Whether or not it’s enough to change 0-60 times remains to be seen. Without providing a gear breakdown, Honda says the ratio is 6 percent shorter than before, so you can let your mind wander. Power remains unchanged at 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque.

There’s also safety-related news to share. All Si models gain a standard Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist functions for 2020, which should also make the folks at IIHS grin. For the uninformed, this package lumps in such things as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, road-departure mitigation, and lane-departure warning. Add to that Honda’s LaneWatch side-view camera system, which displays a passenger-side view via the infotainment screen when the right-turn blinker is on.

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The list of changes means this already well-equipped front-driver becomes an even more desirable sporty commuter than it already was, and at not too much of a cost. Shod with performance all-season rubber surrounding blacked-out 18-inch wheels, a base 2020 Si sedan and coupe will retail for $25,930 after destination, or $700 more than last year. Add $200 for summer tires.

There’s one more additional cost that must be mentioned, however. Thanks to the shorter final-drive ratio, fuel economy takes a hit — always an unfortunate occurrence in a vehicle that calls for premium fuel. Whereas the previous Si models boasted an EPA rating of 28 mpg city/38 highway/32 combined, the 2020 model shaves 2 mpg from each of those figures.

There’s always a price to pay for performance.

[Images: Honda]

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15 Comments on “Sensible Sport: Honda Civic Si Racks Up Some Changes for 2020...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    Still no automatic though? That 8spd DCT that Acura uses might be a good fit.

    /Runs and hides

  • avatar
    ToddAtlasF1

    No mention of the helical limited slip differential. Is it still part of the package? Electronic parking brakes have no place in any driver’s car. If you have to ask why, you’re just waiting for an AV anyway.

  • avatar
    Robbie

    But… does it still have the two giant ugly black loudspeaker type things in the back?

  • avatar
    dal20402

    No pictures of the sedan?

    If I weren’t trying to save for a home remodel in a $350/sf construction market, I’d love to have one of these as a third car. Just the right balance of cheapness, practicality, and fun to drive in real-world low-speed settings.

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    They should put the 252 horse 2.0 from the Accord Sport in this. It would still be significantly less power than the $50k Type-R but would make the vehicle a lot more enjoyable, since we’re already away from the VTEC rush.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      The Type R’s more like $40,000 (MSRP is $37000, but I’m accounting for dealer greed), but otherwise, I agree. As-is, the Si is a handler, but it’s not all that quick.

      • 0 avatar
        theflyersfan

        Hate to say it, but dealer greed is still hitting the Type R really hard. Two dealers near me have CTRs. One is selling at MSRP…BUT, it has a separate window sticker with a bunch of handwritten extras consisting of extra carbon fiber trim, nitrogen filled tires, all weather floor mats, paint protection, and other stuff 99% of us don’t want or need in that car and it stickers for around $41K. The other dealer is still off their rocker and wants $46,000.

        I think the CTR is still a great deal compared to the competition at $36K. At $46K, that comparison falls apart and the Golf R starts looking better. Or pocket the extra cash and get a nice Civic Si.

        I cringe when I think of what the markups are going to be for the refreshed one that should be seen soon.

      • 0 avatar
        formula m

        I just sold two brand new 2018 Type R’s for $39,950 Canadian each. They are well below $50k USD

  • avatar
    slavuta

    Why, when you open this car’s hood you see hoses everywhere? Like a freaking web. You open Elantra Sport 1.6L Turbo hood and everything is nice and tidy?

  • avatar
    slavuta

    I still hate that instrumentation.

  • avatar
    jh26036

    A really nice driving but dull car. I really wanted to like it as the local Honda dealer was giving the leftover sedans away for a little over $21k. I gave it a good long test drive and came away cold.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the brakes or steering feel. But to their excuse, I tested many cars that don’t have good-feeling brakes or steering, let alone both.


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