Six things we like about the 2022 Honda Civic Si (and three we don't)

Six things we like about the 2022 Honda Civic Si (and three we don't)



Right off the bat, let's be clear: the best thing about the 2022 Honda Civic Si is that it exists. With the prevalence of SUVs so prominent and seemingly permanent at this point, sedans in general - and compact performance sedans with manual transmissions in particular - have been identified for natural selection. It's bad news for cheap-speed enthusiasts who are seeing their options shrink faster than box-office receipts for "The Matrix Resurrections.".

Despite being among the last of a dying breed, the Si isn't just excellent in comparison to ... nothing. In fact, this sporty variant of the newly updated Civic is nearly everything its remaining cabal of would-be buyers would want in a car: attractive, exciting, and inexpensive.

However, since we're often most critical of the things we like most, the Si isn't without flaws. Please see Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman's comprehensive analysis via the related link above - for a quick rundown of the high and low points, keep reading.


Six things we like about the Honda Civic Si 2022, and three things we don't:

Things We Like

1. Confident Steering

Despite being one of the last of a dying breed, the Si isn't just excellent in comparison to... anything. Christian Lantry contributed this 2022 Honda Civic Si photo to Cars.com

You wish your spouse could be as responsive and communicative as Handling. You know exactly where the Si is going and what it is doing at all times when you turn the wheel.


2. A Positive Shift

It is a new and improved experience shifting gears on the (much-appreciated) manual-only transmission, with tight throws replacing long lobes. The light clutch and rev-matching feature make rowing your own gears a breeze.

3) Elegance Over Oomph

Si may not be able to match the raw power of competing compact performance models, but what it lacks in blunt force, it more than makes up for in balance, precision, braking feel and ... fun.


4) Material Difference

There's something old and something new in the cabin, with sport seats, red accents, and a new gauge cluster. Meanwhile, both Bose stereo and the new multimedia system make good on the gadgetry front.

5) Sit Comfortably

There are strong bolsters on the sport seats, but they are firm rather than rigid. Even with the airspace-encroaching moonroof, is there more headroom than before in both the front and back?

6) Performance for the Price

In most cases, the more exclusive an audience, the more willing buyers are to pay - but Honda isn't exploiting the small-sports-sedan faithful. A starting price of just $28,315 (including a destination charge) puts the Civic Si about two grand under its nearest competitors.

Six things we like about the 2022 Honda Civic Si (and three we don't)

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