For 2017 the iconic Honda Civic Si returns and it’s bringing tradition along with it thanks to a low starting price. Honda is offering the new Civic Si in sedan or coupe form with a base price of $24,775 after destination charges. The starting price gives buyers 205 horsepower and a host of standard features.
Traditionally the Si has always been a bargain of a performance compact. Historically Si always meant VTEC as well, but that’s one tradition that’s been ditched on the 2017 model. Honda has swapped the high-revving engines for a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four. The forced induction route is generating 192 pound-feet of torque at significantly lower RPM’s, meaning this Si should be the most performance credible in history.
The power increase is also converging with with a Civic that is, on average, about 100 pounds lighter than the previous Civic Si and comes standard with a short-throw six-speed manual gearbox.
Of course, Civic Si traditionally appeals to younger buyers who are going to put high priority on technology content. Honda has that portion of this car well-covered as well, with features such as a 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and a 450-watt sound system all part of the standard price tag. Civic Si even features dual-zone climate control and heated front seats as part of the base model.
The only option box to check with this car is stickier summer-only rubber, which cost $200 extra.
To recap, the Civic Si is a 205 horsepower compact with a manual gearbox and tons of features…for under $25,000. Those keeping score with the Civic’s competitors: this car is coming in nearly $1,000 less than the Nissan Sentra NISMO pack and significantly less than a comparable Volkswagen Jetta GLI.