Recently I had the opportunity to fly out to Nashville courtesy of Honda to review several different vehicles, and experiences. Some of them are still under embargo, but I will be sharing the details on those vehicles once I can.
During this drive event, I was able to drive the 2022 Honda Civic Si the most. I have to say I was rather giddy since the last time I drove a Honda Civic was back when we had one in 2011, it was also the 1993 model. Part of the reason I was also excited was that I was finally going to be able to drive a manual car, after 10 years!!
Now I mentioned this before in my article about the Honda Type R reveal, manual cars are now a dime a dozen and I’m just glad Honda is still making them. If you’re not down with the manual, there’s bad news. Unlike the standard Civic, you don’t get an automatic option for the Civic Si, and nor is Honda planning on offering one anytime soon. However, take it as a positive thing because this would be the perfect car to learn how to drive manual on.
The Honda Civic Si that I was able to drive was one of the premium colors a Blazing Orange Pearl color. I have to say I fell in love with that color, as well as the interior super sleek black alloy wheels, with inspired racing Si seats. As a woman what I really enjoyed about this car was the fact that this “Sport Injected” model isn’t as hardcore as the Civic Type R but also isn’t as boring as the mainstream Civic.
As parents sometimes we want to venture into having a midlife crisis and dream about wanting a sports car, or something that people will look at us while we are dropping off the kids in the carpool lane. With most sports cars you are looking at a two-seater, with the Si you get the function of having four doors. Which in most cases is great because as a mom you get the functionality of getting the kids in the back plus a little thrill, and well dad gets to have just as much fun.
As for more practicality, the Civic Si has a cavernous trunk that’ll hold six carry-on suitcases, You’ll also find usable cubby spaces on the door cards and below the center console.
I know what you’re thinking it’s great to have a decent sports sedan on your hands but how much gas is this going to end up costing me between cheer, and soccer practice. Despite the 2022 Civic Si’s sporty credentials, the compact sedan manages to deliver 31 mpg combined, with individual EPA ratings at 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. Given the engine is a turbo-four with 200 horsepower, the figures aren’t all that bad–if anything, they’re pretty great compared to other sport compacts in the segment–though it’s worth remembering that the Civic Si puts out relatively less power than its rivals.
In terms of you being in this car, with the sporty type-inspired seating and interior you might be wondering if you are going to be comfortable driving. Trust me you don’t have to worry I would compare this car to the Honda Accord the 11th-gen Civic uses an all-new platform, and that particularly reflects on the interior space available. There’s ample room on offer, and the extra wheelbase goes primarily toward rear passenger comfort. All this is good news, considering the Civic is marketed as a compact sedan.
You also get wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. They’re accessed via a 9-inch HD color touchscreen, which offers crisp graphics and great feedback, and Honda has paired with physical knobs for the single-zone climate control and the 12-speaker Bose premium audio.
Honda equips the 2022 Civic Si with three driving modes: Normal, Sport, and Individual. Dialing the car to its Sport setting enhances the throttle response, adds weight to the steering, and deactivates the Stop/Start system. With the Individual mode, drivers can configure the respective settings to their liking.
As standard, you get 10 airbags along with a host of active and passive safety technology. Arguably most interesting, though, are the front airbags, designed to help reduce the likelihood of brain trauma that can occur in angled frontal collisions. The system uses a donut-shaped structure to cradle and control head rotation, which Honda says is a world first.
Designed to direct the impact energy away from occupants in a crash, but also comes down to Honda Sensing, a suite of active safety and driver-assistance tech. Fitted as standard, it includes features like forward-collision warnings and automatic emergency braking, along with lane-departure warnings, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
Overall a great sporty sedan that is well priced and within budget for most families starting at $27k, and a great option for those that want a family sedan and speed.