2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan

2020 MODEL
$25,200 - $25,400
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2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 13, 2020
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Hondas are known to be pretty quick machines along with the utter reliability which follows. The aggressiveness of V-TEC engines might have toned down a lot as compared to the early 90’s, but they still manage to get your pupils dilated when the “V-TEC kicks in, Yo”. The sheer driving pleasure which you get in a Honda cannot be recreated.

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Pros

The Manual Transmission makes it fun to drive

Well laid out Cabin with plentiful features

Best performing in its class

Value for money (A lot!)

Cons

Not so sporty exhaust note

Outdated Interior

Sketchy Adaptive Cruise Control

What's New?

Updated Front and rear bumpers 

Improved cabin quality with additional sound insulation

Comes in a single trim now with only a manual transmission

Shorter Final Drive Gear Ratio

Host of new standard Active Safety Features (Standard Honda Sensing)

Standard LED headlights

Updated Sport Seats

New 18-inch Matte Alloy wheels


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25200

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

205 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

192 lbs.-ft. @ 2100 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.4/11.4

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

182.8 in.

width

70.8 in.

height

55.5 in.

curb weight

2906 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

95 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/38/32 mpg

highway range

471.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.5

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan Base

Base

power
205 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
32 combined

$25,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $25,200 MSRP (28/32/38) 205 hp @ 5700 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5

2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan Summer Tires

Summer Tires

power
205 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
32 combined

$25,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $25,400 MSRP (28/32/38) 205 hp @ 5700 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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Honda has managed to keep this magic alive in the 2020 Civic Si. It is powered by a peppy 1.5L turbocharged inline-four engine which pumps out a generous 205 horsepowers and 192-pound feet of torque. The power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission which further intensifies the “fun to drive character” of the Civic Si. It slots perfectly between the humble base Civic and the bonkers Civic Type R which in itself is a whole different breed.

Honda has added value to the Civic Si in 2020 by adding an array of active safety features that were earlier absent. A few exterior modifications have also helped to differentiate it from last year. 

It locks horns with the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and the Kia Forte to name a few. This segment is a tight spot with a lot of automakers pitching in their cars. Honda has always managed to deliver balanced cars in terms of power delivery, handling, and efficiency with the Civic Si being a perfect example. We will have to see if any of the competitors have managed to click on the sweet spot and surpass the Honda in doing so.

2020 Honda Civic SI front view
2020 Honda Civic SI Rear view

7.0/10
Features

 

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 

8.5/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan Features

7.0/10

The Civic Si is offered in a singular fully-fledged trim which is now priced at $25,930, $735 more than the previous year. The added premium doesn’t go in vain as Honda has upgraded the vehicle both mechanically and aesthetically to bring a breath of fresh air into the car.

It is powered by a 1.5L turbocharged pot that pumps out a healthy 205 horses and 192 pound-feet of torque. The 6-speed manual gearbox, a rare sight nowadays, makes the Civic Si, a fun to drive car. Active safety features like automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and much more are now standard on the 2020 Honda Civic Si.

Trims

Civic Si Sedan 

W/Summer Tires

MSRP (FWD)

$25,200

$25,400

Key Features

Signature Si Seats

Adds/Upgrades to Si
 

Heated Front Seats

 
 

Moonroof

 
 

Collision Mitigation Braking System

 
 

Forward Collision Warning

 
 

Adaptive Damper System

 
 

Center Outlet Exhaust

 
 

Rear Seat Heater Ducts

 
 

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

 
 

Dual Zone Climate Control System

 
 

Push Button Start

 

Which trim to go for?

Honda has clustered all the much-needed features into a single trim which makes it a well-rounded package. Active features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and many more are included without any extra cost. The Honda Civic Si ticks all the boxes to feed you with a spirited drive which is hard to come by from others in this segment.

2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The Civic Si is powered by a 1.5L turbocharged inline-four engine which pumps out a segment impressive 205 horses and 192 pound-feet of torque which brings a wide grin on your face. And yes V-TEC does kick in, the delay being prominent at low revs due to the small turbo. But once the boost is right, there is no turning back from the fun you are about to have!

2020 Honda Civic Si is powered by a 1.5L turbocharged inline-four engine

The front wheels are powered by a 6-Speed Manual gearbox which now has been tweaked for more acceleration. This has been made possible by reducing the final gear ratio by six percent. The power to weight ratio is impressive and you would love the power delivery and be content with the performance. 

Models

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Toyota Corolla XSE Sedan

Mazda 3 Preferred Sedan

Kia Forte GT Sedan

MSRP

$25,200

$25,550

$25,600

$22,890

Engine

1.5L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.5L Inline4

1.6L Turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain FWD FWD AWD FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

Power (hp @ rpm)

205@5,700

169@6,600

186@6,000

201@6,000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

192@2,100

151@4,800

186@4,000

195@1,500

None of the competitors surpass Civic in terms of power figures nor driving dynamics. Kia Forte GT is the only closest one in terms of power but it still fails to provide the zeal which is abundant in the Honda. Mazda 3 goes further down the list which is a bummer as it has the largest engine of the lot. This shows us that having the biggest engine doesn’t matter at all. Toyota Corolla is the least impressive and CVT transmission is the culprit here, as the power loss is much more when compared to manuals and automatics.

How quick is it off the line?

Honda has extensively worked on the Civic Si’s transmission to improve acceleration. The final gear ratio has been decreased by six percent which is enough to bring about a visible change in acceleration of the car. 

2020 Honda Civic Si's transmission to improve acceleration

We estimate the 2020 Civic Si to shave off some time and cross the 60 MPH mark in an estimated 6.5 seconds. This makes it slightly faster than last year’s which went from 0-60 MPH in 6.6 seconds. 

Models

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Toyota Corolla XSE Sedan

Mazda 3 Preferred Sedan

Kia Forte GT Sedan

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.5 (est.)

8.2 

7.1 (est.)

8.2 (est.)

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.1 (est.)

16.3  

15.4 (est.)

16.4 (est.)

Top Speed (MPH) 137 118 155 129

Engine

1.5L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.5L Inline4

1.6L Turbo Inline-4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

It is evident from the above that Honda manages to smoke the competition. Honda claims to have shaved off 0.1 seconds with the tweaking of the final gear ratio. We would only be able to verify it after driving it for sure. But even with the 2019 time, it still manages to surpass the rest. This can be greatly credited to the limited-slip differential and lightweight chassis. Toyota and Kia have similar timings whereas Mazda 3 is in between the Honda and the rest.

How well does the Civic Si handle?

The Civic was always a nimble car that was quick to turn with Go-Kart level handling. It has a dual personality that will hoon when you want to and drive bluntly as well. Another car in this segment with this vibe is hard to come by. The clutch pedal might be a bit jumpy for newbies but once you get the hang of it, you would be in perfect sync with the car. 

Chassis of Civic is on the lighter side and this is done without compromising on the structural integrity. The underpinnings are shared with the regular Civic but with a stiffer suspension, adaptive dampers and a returned steering. This facilitates a more spirited drive and still rides smoothly over rough roads in spite of the aggressive dynamics. There is nobody roll whatsoever and you will be impressed by the way it takes corners. It stays planted through corners and provides precise feedback mostly due to the perfectly weighted steering wheel. Summer tires come in as an option for people looking for a more grippy drive.

How good are the brakes?

The brake discs are one of the largest in this segment which when coupled with good brake pads helps in controlling the hoonigan when needed with ease and control. Electronic brake distribution helps to distribute braking force equally on all four wheels.

2020 Honda Civic Si Disc Brake

The small wheelbase helps it to tackle sudden braking without minimal nosedive. This helps to provide better control over the vehicle at any given time.

Models

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Toyota Corolla XSE Sedan

Mazda 3 Preferred Sedan

Kia Forte GT Sedan

Brake Rotors Front (in)

12.3

10.8

11.6

12.0

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

11.1

10.2

10.4

10.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

2906

2885

3248

2989

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

N/A

N/A

118 ft

Most of the data is not disclosed but we are sure that the light chassis coupled with a rigid body structure would make the Honda a stern stopper. In terms of sheer size, the Kia comes in second whereas, Toyota Corolla has the smallest disc setup of the lot.

2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Honda has managed to balance between performance and efficiency. The Civic Si is the souped-up version of the Regular Civic which makes it more powerful and more thirsty. But Honda managed to minimize the fuel loss and bring about harmony between the two.

At 26 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway, the Civic Si managed to provide much better figures than its competition.

Models

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Toyota Corolla XSE Sedan

Mazda 3 Preferred Sedan

Kia Forte GT Sedan

MPG (City)

26

31

25

25

MPG (Highway)

36

38

33

32

MPG (Combined)

30

34

28

28

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

12.4

13.2

12.7

14.0

Range

(City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

322/446/372

409/502/448

318/419/355

350/448/392

Toyota Corolla Managed to surpass the Honda with a combined 34 miles to a gallon. But this comes with a sacrifice in power and less intuiting driving dynamics. The Mazda 3 and Kia Forte GT tie in at a combined 28 MPG.

2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan Interior

8.5/10

The interior of Honda Civic Si shouts SPORTY with the addition of sport seats which comes in red trims. The dashboard is also upgraded with red inserts which completes the dual-tone look of the whole car. 

2020 Honda Civic Si shouts SPORTY with the addition of sport seats which comes in red trims

The interior is spacious and comfortable with an ample amount of legroom in both rows. In fact, the front legroom is one of the class best with the rear space being above average. The steering wheel is one of the best shaped in the class which adds to the sporty character of the car. The outward visibility is good except for the rear which is hindered by the spoiler.

Models

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Toyota Corolla XSE Sedan

Mazda 3 Preferred Sedan

Kia Forte GT Sedan

Seating Capacity  5 5 5 5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.5/56.9/42.3

38.0/54.8/42.3

38.0/55.7/42.3

38.8/56.1/42.2

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.8/55.0/37.4

37.1/54.8/41.4

37.3/53.5/35.1

37.5/55.3/35.7

Honda gives us the most balanced seating of the lot with equal importance given to both rows, unlike its competitors which has a biased character in terms of volume distribution. 

What are the infotainment features?

Honda has improved on the infotainment system which now features an array of features. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now standard on the Civic which is a welcome move. In a world where touch interface is taking over, physical dials are a dearth. The volume knob helps to uncomplicate and make the infotainment much more simple to use.

2020 Honda Civic Si has improved on the infotainment system

 

The 7-inch infotainment system is bright and vibrant which makes it’s usage even in harsh sunlight easy.  What makes the infotainment system noteworthy are the following features:

Infotainment Features

  • 7-inch infotainment system
  • 450-Watt Audio System 
  • 10 Speakers including Subwoofer
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Bluetooth handsfree
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming
  • 1.0 A USB Audio Interface

Interior Features

  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
  • Cruise Control
  • Center Console with Sliding Armrest
  • Floor Mats
  • 12-Volt Power outlets
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Illuminated Steering Wheel Mounted Controls
  • Push Button Start
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control System
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Rear Seat Center Armrest
  • Rear Seat Heater Ducts

How much cargo can it take?

The Civic Si provides 14.7 cubic feet of cargo volume which is not the class-leading but still manages to impress. The low liftover height facilitates easy loading and unloading of cargo. The space is well padded with soft padding for the floor.

The 2020 Honda Civic Si provides 14.7 cubic feet of cargo volume

Models

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Toyota Corolla XSE Sedan

Mazda 3 Preferred Sedan

Kia Forte GT Sedan

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

14.7

13.0

13.2

15.3

Kia Forte GT provides the most cargo space of the lot and it is mostly due to the clever space management. Mazda 3 in spite of being much longer provides much less cargo space. Toyota Corolla ends the list with just 13 cubic feet.

2020 Honda Civic SI interior
2020 Honda Civic Si interior
2020 Honda Civic SI steering
2020 Honda Civic SI steering
2020 Honda Civic SI center console
2020 Honda Civic SI center console
2020 Honda Civic SI instrumental cluster
2020 Honda Civic SI instrumental cluster
2020 Honda Civic SI door
2020 Honda Civic SI door
2020 Honda Civic SI
2020 Honda Civic SI

2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan Exterior

7.0/10

Honda Civic has always been a looker with sharp lines that gets your adrenaline pumping just by looking at it. But unlike other manufacturers, Honda hasn’t gone shy on modifying the perfect exterior. The 2020 model comes with redesigned front and rear bumpers along with a revised front grille. This has bumped up its sporty appeal which keeps it on top of the pack.

The 2020 Honda Civic Si comes with redesigned front and rear bumpers

As compared to last year’s, the fog lamp housings have been revised and blacked-out trims with LED headlights give it a commanding street presence. Matte black 18-inch wheels are now standard which comes wrapped in all-season tires. All of the updates help in bringing a revamped look for the Civic Si without fiddling with the delicate parts.

Models

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Toyota Corolla XSE Sedan

Mazda 3 Preferred Sedan

Kia Forte GT Sedan

Curb Weight (lbs)

2906

2885

3248

2989

Length (in)

182.8

183.1

183.5

182.7

Width (in)

70.8

69.9

70.7

70.9

Height (in)

55.5

57.3

56.9

56.5

Ground Clearance (in)

6.7

6.7

5.5

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

106.3

107.3

106.3

Toyota Corolla is the longest of the lot by a slight margin. But as a whole, all of the cars come in with similar dimensions with a difference of maximum one inch. Mazda 3 surprisingly weighs the most at 3248 pounds and Toyota comes in at last with 2885 pounds.

Exterior Features

  • LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Push to release Fuel Filler Door
  • Heated Power Side Mirrors
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto-lock
  • Fin Type roof mounted Antenna
  • Center Outlet Exhaust
  • Wing Spoiler
2020 Honda Civic Si
2020 Honda Civic Si
2020 Honda Civic Si side view
2020 Honda Civic Si side view
2020 Honda Civic Si front view
2020 Honda Civic Si front view
2020 Honda Civic Si top view
2020 Honda Civic Si top view
2020 Honda Civic Si wheel
2020 Honda Civic Si wheel

2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan Safety

7.0/10

The 2020 Honda Civic Si now adds a host of active safety features which makes it much safer. It earned a 5-Star crash test rating from the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

These make the Honda Civic Si, one of the few sedans to score graciously in safety. This alone should be enough for the Civic to be your car of choice. The vehicle comes with a warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles and a warranty of 5 years or 50,000 miles for the powertrain. This makes it a hassle-free experience with good after-sales support.

Safety Features

  • Auto High Beam Headlamps
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with Guidelines
  • Vehicle Stability Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Front 3-point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System
  • Lane Keeping Assist System

2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan Competition

8.5/10

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla is the only one of the lots with a CVT, which helps a lot in saving fuel but that's about it. On the other hand, Honda manages to bring about a balance in performance and efficiency, unlike its competitors. The sporty character which is present in the Honda echoes into the interior as well with sport seats and a river centric dashboard. All of this at a lesser sticker price should seldom be missed. The Honda Civic is hands-down our choice of the two.

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

Mazda 3

Mazda 3 is a rather newer entry in this segment and so is its definition of a sedan. It is a very reliable machine which is fun to drive. But when it comes to providing more from less, Honda wins. Mazda 3 has a 2.5L engine that produces less power than the 1.5L Civic. It also suffers from low fuel efficiency due to the added engine capacity. In short, it fails to give the overall balanced package which the Honda provides and so it’s a win for Honda here.
 

2020 Mazda 3 Sedan

Kia Forte

Kia Forte is the only sedan that comes close to the performance of Honda Civic. It actually provides more torque than the Honda. Kia is longer than the Civic but that doesn’t actually translate to better space management. It has more headroom because of the height. Kia tries to deliver a better experience but fails to do say as it doesn’t deliver like the Honda which has managed to find the secret balance. The Civic Si is more fun to drive as well which takes away our attention from the Kia.

2020 Kia Forte Sedan

 

2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan Final Verdict

Honda has always made reliable cars, right from the start. With the Civic Si, Honda has managed to bring in affordable performance in a fun to drive package. The build quality is top-notch which even pits it against competitors from a segment above. The performance figures are healthy with plentiful to play about. We, however, would want Honda to redesign the aging interiors. Frankly speaking, that is the major downside which we could find in the Civic Si. With a character that complements its sleek looks, Honda has a clear winner on its side which is a bomb to drive. We would wholeheartedly embrace over the others.

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2020 Honda Civic Si Overall Reviews


Lawrence D. Tolson

Lawrence D. Tolson 2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan 4dr Sedan w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 11, 2020

Civic with summer tires

Overall Review -

10

Overview Rating

The good mileage that has been saving a lot lately. This has been encouraging me to drive it even more. Yes, throttle feels a little sluggish on freeways at first but it eventually catches up for the losses

10/10

Features

10/10

Interior

10/10

Design

10/10

Safety

10/10

Reliability

10/10

Deal Value

10/10

Dealer Review


Reginald M. Abad

Reginald M. Abad 2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan 4dr Sedan w/Summer Tires (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: July 13, 2020

Civic Si sedan, the best allrounder.

Overall Review -

5

Overview Rating

Imagine a sedan with 1.5L turbocharged engine under the hood capable of generating power of over 200 horses and running on summer tires, thats how my Civic Si performs. I can feel the improved precise response of handling. Performance is good but I love the confidence of this car while taking turns. This is my first time using summer tires and I'm impressed by Honda providing a trim specifically with these tires. All this comes with a fuel economy of 28-29 miles for a gallon.

5/10

Features

5/10

Interior

5/10

Design

5/10

Safety

5/10

Reliability

5/10

Deal Value

9/10

Dealer Review

Top User Reviews


10

User Overall Rating

"Civic with summer tires"

The good mileage that has been saving a lot lately. This has been encouraging me to drive it even more. Yes, throttle feels a little sluggish on freeways at first but it eventually catches up for the losses
by Lawrence D. Tolson

5

User Overall Rating

"Civic Si sedan, the best allrounder."

Imagine a sedan with 1.5L turbocharged engine under the hood capable of generating power of over 200 horses and running on summer tires, thats how my Civic Si performs. I can feel the improved precise response of handling. Performance is good but I love the confidence of this car while taking turns. This is my first time using summer tires and I'm impressed by Honda providing a trim specifically w...
by Reginald M. Abad