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 with sport compacts such as the Subaru WRX and VW Golf GTI, both of which were also recently redesigned. Plus, the Civic’s sub-$30,000 price tag helps it deliver on value. The 2022 Civic Si sedan will continue to only offer a manual transmission and front-wheel drive, and its fun-to-drive nature carries 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
The 2022 Civic Si’s starting price just crests the $28,000 mark, making it about $2000 more than its predecessor. Since it’s only offered as one fully loaded model, there aren’t many options to choose from. However, we’d pay the extra $200 to snag the optional summer tires for maximum 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. Our hands-on experience revealed some engine coarseness when pushed, but there was little turbo lag, and we loved the shifter’s short throws and light action. The manual gearbox also now has a rev-match feature for drivers who haven’t perfected the heel-and-toe technique, and it’s easy to turn on or off. At our test track, the Civic Si managed a 6.8-second zero-to-60-mph time, 0.5 seconds quicker than a Civic hatchback we tested with the six-speed manual. Compared with the regular Civic, the Si has larger brake rotors and is available with a set of summer tires. The latter combined with the car’s firmer suspension gives the Si an edge in the handling department, and while adaptive dampers are no longer included, the standard suspension was smooth, steady, and never felt harsh.
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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. Unfortunately, unlike its predecessor, the Si isn’t offered with heated seats anymore. With the same dimensions as the less sporty Civic sedan, it provides an equally comfortable back seat and a trunk that’ll hold six carry-on suitcases.
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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 of other physical buttons. Honda packages every Si with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also a standard 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
2022 Honda Civic Si
Vehicle Type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Base/As Tested: $28,315/$28,910
Options: Blazing Orange Pearl paint, $395; summer tires, $200
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 91 in3, 1498 cm3
Power: 200 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 192 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 12.3-in vented disc/11.1-in disc
Tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2
Wheelbase: 107.7 in
Length: 184.0 in
Width: 70.9 in
Height: 55.5 in
Passenger Volume: 96 ft3
Trunk Volume: 14 ft3
Curb Weight: 2937 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 6.8 sec
1/4-Mile: 15.1 sec @ 94 mph
100 mph: 16.9 sec
120 mph: 27.3 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 7.6 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 10.1 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 8.5 sec
Top Speed (C/D
Braking, 70–0 mph: 160 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 322 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.94 g
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 31/27/37 mpg
C/D TESTING EXPLAINED