HONDA CIVIC SI: 2018 MOTOR TREND CAR OF THE YEAR
The sport civic: Yes or No
This maight be the best car by Honda this year. Christian Seabaugh said.
He is right of that result and much of the goodness of the completely redesigned 2017 Civic and its 1.5-liter turbo-four. focusing performance, however, we looked up 1999–2014 Si coupes and sedans that we tested. This eighth generation and first turbocharged Civic Si landed literally midpack. Progress? It barely matches its own benchmarks.
Where things started to go tall was when we began driving it on the other test venues, toggling between Normal and Sport modes and finding few difference in the car’s behavior. The variance in the adjustable dampers’ rates isn’t much. Also, there were many references to the vague engagement of the clutch plate, somewhere midstroke in a completely linear-effort pedal. The tendency of the engine to hang on to revs (rather than drop) when we lifted off the throttle for an upshift affected the Si’s civility, as well. Performance of Intended Function? Sort of. Engineering Excellence and Advancement in Design? Not really. The Civic Type R. Now that’s where the accolades belong, and that’s why it advanced and the Si did not. “This is probably the best Civic Si in years, but that’s admittedly not saying much,” Christian Seabaugh said.
Admittedly, the 2017 Civic Si’s fuel efficiency trounces its predecessors (check that box), but is that the mission of an Si? When fitted with the optional summer tires, all the judges complimented the car’s grip and largely neutral attitude on the winding track, with some even remarking on the electric-assist steering’s ability to relate the front tires’ information to the driver.
Honda Civic 2018 Specification;
|PRICE AS TESTED||$24,975|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan|
|ENGINE||1.5L turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||2,897 lb (61/39%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||182.8 x 70.8 x 55.5 in|
|0-60 MPH||6.7 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||15.2 sec @ 88.3 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||109 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.94 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||25.5 sec @ 0.72 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||28/38/32 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||120/89 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.61 lb/mile|