The 2022 Honda Civic Si is arguably the sweet spot in the brand’s small-car line, with a near-perfect ratio of performance and daily-driver traits. Since the regular Honda Civic it’s based on was just transformed for a new generation, the Si benefits from the same improvements to its interior space and roster of features. A specially tuned chassis and punchy turbo-four engine give the Civic Si the performance to compete sport compacts such as the Subaru WRX and the VW Golf GTI, both which were also recently redesigned. The Civic’s expected sub-$30,000 price tag will help it deliver on value. The 2022 Civic Si sedan will continue to only offer a manual transmission and front-wheel drive, and we fully expect its fun-to-drive nature to carry on, too.
What’s New for 2022?
After a brief hiatus for the 2021 model year, the Civic Si returns for a new generation with new dimensions, better features, and–most importantly–improved performance.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Honda hasn’t said how much the 2022 Civic Si will cost, but we imagine it’ll only be slightly more expensive than its predecessor, which started at just over $26,000. Regardless of how much the new Si costs, it’ll be a fully loaded model with only a few optional extras. That does include a set of summer tires to maximize its performance.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Under the hood of the Civic Si is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. That power is sent to the front wheels through a standard limited-slip differential and a six-speed manual transmission; an automatic option isn’t currently offered. Honda says the Si’s engine is enhanced with a broader torque curve and sounds better thanks to a new exhaust system. Likewise, the shifter is said to have shorter throws and improved feel. The manual gearbox also now has a rev-match feature for drivers who haven’t perfected the heel-and-toe technique. The 2022 Si has a longer wheelbase, a slightly wider rear track, and is said to have a stiffer structure than its predecessor. Along with revised suspension tuning, Honda has even sourced some chassis components from the current Civic Type R. Compared with the regular Civic, the Si has larger brake rotors and is available with a set of summer tires.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The 2022 Civic Si is rated at 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Once we have the opportunity to run one on our 75-mph highway route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the Civic’s fuel-economy, visit the EPA website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
An exclusive set of sport seats with added bolstering, distinctive Si logos in the headrests, and red contrast stitching are one of the primary ways Honda differentiates the Si’s interior from the standard-issue Civic. The red stitching extends to the doors, steering wheel, and other surfaces to denote the car’s sportiness. The ornate mesh that spans the length of the dashboard and conceals the HVAC vents also gets exclusive red trim. In the Si, the driver faces a gauge cluster with an analog speedometer and a digital tachometer to the left. With the same dimensions as the less sporty Civic sedan, it should provide an equally comfortable back seat and a trunk that’ll hold six carry-on suitcases.
Infotainment and Connectivity
As with the best-equipped Civic models, the Si’s standard infotainment system features a 9.0-inch touchscreen that sprouts from the middle of the dashboard. The unit includes a handy volume knob and a couple other physical buttons. Honda packages every Si with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Every one also has a 12-speaker Bose audio system for jammin’ out on the way to the grocery store or the racetrack.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Honda offers the same diverse selection of standard driver-assistance technology on the latest Civic Si. For more information about the Civic’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Civic Si comes with a competitive, albeit wholly unremarkable, warranty. For those interested in complimentary maintenance, the Hyundai Elantra N Line and the Golf GTI both offer what the Honda doesn’t.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance