2020 Honda Civic Si Review: A Not-So-Extreme Makeover

Amidst all the crazy builds from this year’s SEMA show, here’s an altogether down to earth car. The 2020 Honda Civic Si gets a refresh in line with the rest of the range, but don’t strain your eyes looking for drastic changes. In this video, Roman takes the updated model for a spin near Las Vegas, Nevada to see just what’s changed.

Before that, let’s get into what hasn’t changed. Even with the facelift, the 2020 Honda Civic Si still packs a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, and comes in either sedan or coupe versions. There’s still no hatchback Si, though the Civic Sport hatchback comes relatively close (albeit with less power). Power is sent to the front wheels exclusively through a six-speed maual transmission, much to the our delight around the TFL office. Happily, as Roman points out, it’s still as fast, firm and fun as it ever was.

2020 Honda Civic Si Review: A Not-So-Extreme Makeover
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What has changed is the entire front fascia, including the headlights, grille, fog lights and bumper. It’s not a radical overhaul, as I said, but it does look a bit more aggressive than its predecessor. New blacked out wheels also befit the updated 2020 Honda Civic Si, as does the revised rear fascia as well.

Inside the Civic Si, there are nicely bolstered cloth seats, that six-speed manual transmission (just needed to mention it again), and a digital instrument cluster. The Si shares its infotainment system with much of the updated Civic lineup, and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Honda Sensing also comes standard across the range, with automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist.

2020 Honda Civic Si Review: A Not-So-Extreme Makeover

Pricing and options

One of the greatest things about the 2020 Honda Civic Si is its price. Prices for the Sedan and Coupe start at just $25,000 before destination, and it comes well equipped for the money. For an extra $3,999, you can get the Honda Factory Performace (HFP) Package. That includes HFP sport suspension, different 19-inch black alloy wheels, new front and side spoilers and a whole lot of badging. Other options include different wheel packages and various accessories, including wireless charging as a $300 option.

Summer tires are available for $200 extra. If you live in an area with cooperative weather, that’s an absolute no-brainer option. Let us know what you think of the 2020 Honda Civic Si in the comments below!