2017 Honda Civic Si: First Look
When Practical Meets Performance
Honda is a brand known for its long-term reliability and stable full of sensible daily driving sedans and crossovers. But there was a time when Honda was known as one of world’s peak performance brands, with entrants in IndyCar, Formula One, and more.
Honda wants to return to that place of respected performance, and its love-letter to affordable performance has always been the Civic Si. After a three-year hiatus (the last Si left the market in 2015), the Civic Si will be back. Honda claims it’s the fastest, most powerful Civic Si to date, and what’s even more interesting is the serious handling and chassis technology.
The Civic Si Prototype you see before you debuted at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show and previews the production Civic Si coupe and sedan that will join the lineup next year.
Exterior Design: “No Ordinary Civic”
From first glance you know this isn’t your typical commuter car. This vehicle is a prototype in name only. You can fully expect the production Si coupe and sedan to arrive in the Rally Red Pearl color, fitted with the Factory Performance aerodynamic body kit.
This comes from HFP – Honda Factory Performance – and includes more aggressive front and rear bumpers and a large rear spoiler. The whole package is capped off with a center-mounted exhaust outlet, blacked-out grille, and 19-inch 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels that are wrapped in high-performance tires.
The Civic already places first in U.S. News & World Report’s small car rankings, in part due to its premium interior and smooth ride. It may not be quiet (due to the exhaust system), but the Si looks to be just as upscale. It features a crisp and clean layout with straightforward climate controls.
The steering wheel and instrument panel become command and control for the driver, with steering wheel-mounted controls for audio, cruise, and other toggles. It is all set off with a red-accented interior theme–even featuring red carpets.
Cornering agility will be one of the key pillars of the Civic Si. As such, you might get tossed around in the conventional seats of non-Si models. Honda has bestowed the Si with some serious bucket seats to keep you planted as you carve up back roads.
The Si-exclusive front sport seats feature red stitching and the bold “Si” logo. This stitching carries throughout the cabin of the Si, underscoring its racy look.
Honda has moved away from the frustrating dual-screen setup found on some of its other models to a single screen, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of the woods. This system still lacks the intuitive layout of Chrysler’s Uconnect or even Hyundai’s Blue Link system; it doesn’t even have a volume knob!
Luckily you can circumvent Honda’s system with the available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. Though they are options, we recommend you spend extra for them, using voice controls and a familiar interface will be easier rather than trying to use HondaLink….
Read more at US News.