A variety of people who aren’t automobile fanatics are inclined to imagine you make a variety of compromises once you purchase the sporty model of a automobile. Depressing trip high quality, ineffective rear seats (if any), equally ineffective trunk, horrible gasoline economic system, and extra. In some quite excessive instances, that is true. It is not true in any respect for the Honda Civic Si.
I grew up in a rural space on the opposite facet of the mountain from Silicon Valley, however it was loads shut sufficient to see the wealth that lived excessive in these hills. Again then, although, it was stealth wealth. At the least to me. Positive, these folks owned Ferraris and such, however they solely took them out on weekends for a fast drive, a wash, after which again within the storage for the remainder of the week whereas the BMW or Mercedes did commuter responsibility. It was a shock to me after I moved to Los Angeles, the place wealthy folks every day drive Ferraris. Positive, it is potential to make use of a purpose-built sports activities automobile as a every day driver and your solely automobile, however there are a variety of compromises that include that call. The inherent great thing about a well-designed sports activities sedan is you make few—if any—compromises.
The 2020 Civic Si comes as both a coupe or a extra sensible sedan. No complaints right here about climbing into the again seats—it has 4 full doorways. Though compact sedans do not usually have the largest again seats available on the market, the Honda’s are completely enough for adults with affordable head-, shoulder-, and legroom. On this class, the rear seats are glorious.
Likewise the trunk. At 14.7 cubic toes, it is no pickup truck mattress, however it’s way more helpful than the common compact SUV. Not solely is the area giant and customarily sq., however it would not require the set up of a cargo cowl to guard my stuff from prying eyes. (First rule of dwelling in L.A.: By no means, ever depart something in your automobile the place folks can see it.) The Civic’s trunk had no bother swallowing a pair of coolers, suitcases, a field of wine bottles, and miscellaneous luggage, and different issues we forgot to pack till the automobile was already loaded, as we set out for an extra-long weekend at a meticulously cleaned Airbnb with a pool.
Luggage packed and home shut down, the joy of an anniversary weekend round a non-public pool was by no means tempered by the considered getting there. In some sporty automobiles, three hours on the freeway is three too many, be it due to the trip high quality, inside noise, or the fixed fuel stops. An EPA-estimated 26/36/30 mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed cures any fear of the latter, and the previous two had been no concern, both. I’ve talked previously about the ride quality, significantly because it pertains to when and the place to make use of the Sport button subsequent to the shifter. The freeway is not any place for it. Of their default setting the dampers is perhaps a bit stiff to your common compact sedan, however they’re fairly good for one which handles this properly. Inside noise? Once more, it is a compact sedan that is been made sporty, not a monitor automobile that is been tamed for the road. It is tremendous.
As anticipated, then, the drive out and the drive again 5 days later had been a breeze. The entrance seats could have larger bolsters to maintain you planted throughout tougher driving, however they don’t seem to be skinny, arduous racing buckets; they nonetheless have loads of padding. There are many locations to stash telephones and different accouterments within the a number of cubbies and cabinets. Apple CarPlay permits you to stream no matter music or podcasts you need, and there is a actual quantity knob to manage what you are listening to. I simply want Honda would put the USB port someplace simpler to get to than behind the decrease shelf down by your ankles. It is tremendous in case you dwell someplace you’ll be able to depart your cellphone cable plugged in out within the open on a regular basis, however there are a variety of locations you’d choose to not promote having transportable electronics in your automobile when it is unattended.
The Honda Civic Si is a really enjoyable little sedan to drive, however it is not one-dimensional. It comes alive on winding roads, however it is not the strolling useless each different day. It is nonetheless sensible, comfy, and environment friendly, however once you’re prepared, it is a credible sports activities sedan, too.