The new 2020 Honda Civic Si is looking a little aggressive. The Civic Si features exterior styling upgrades and a light boost to its acceleration. The redesigned Coupe and Sedan variants officially go on sale September 6.
Looking at the exterior appearance, the lower-bumper fog lights are now LEDs encased in gloss-black surrounds and feature a body-color cross bar. Honda updated the “wing” grille crossbar making it narrower. The Si sedan has fresh body-color inserts at the sides of the bumper. Both variants, Coupe or Sedan, are rolling on 18-inch all-season black alloy wheels.
The interior gets a little love too with updated sports seats with red accents on the seat bottoms and backs. Honda also added red trim accents on the instrument panel. The Civic Si keeps a few upgrades from 2019, including an updated audio display with physical buttons and larger cup holders. All trim levels in both models get Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistant technologies. Some of the features include new automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and collision mitigation braking. Another great standard feature is Active Sound Control, which uses the audio system to amplify the engine sound during aggressive driving. The Civic Si also has LaneWatch tech, which projects a camera feed of your passenger-side blind spot onto your infotainment screen when you use the right turn signal.
The 2020 Honda Civic Si is keeping the 1.5L turbo-charged inline-four engine from 2018, but the final drive ratio is shorter by 6% giving it an increase in acceleration power. Honda says the shorter final-ratio gives the Civic Si an “improved acceleration feel.” The 1.5L engine produces 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed manual is the only transmission option, and has a limited-slip differential and two-mode adjustable dampers.
Both the Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will start at $25,930, which is an increase of $700 over the 2019 model. There is a summer tire option that adds $200 more. Both models will be available at local dealerships next month.