Honda Civic Si sport compact is getting similar updates to its other Civic siblings for 2020. Styling tweaks to the front and rear ends are the chief exterior changes, while there are also new standard features and slightly different gearing for the standard six-speed manual transmission that’s said to improve acceleration response.
Both sedan and coupe versions of the Civic Si have a different front bumper, grille, and new LED headlights, while the rear bumper gets some reshaping and the matte-black 18-inch wheels are new. Inside, the seats and instrument panel get additional red accents—because we all know that red means sporty. Honda’s suite of driver-assist features, which was previously unavailable on the Si, is now standard across the board.
A 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 205 horsepower (153 kilowatts) and six-speed manual still power the Civic Si. However, Honda makes the final-drive ratio six-percent shorter to improve acceleration.
For 2020 both Civic Si coupe and sedan models include the Honda Sensing safety suite as standard. It includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings and automatic high beams. Rounding out the changes for the new model year is Honda’s Active Sound Control system, which uses the Civic Si’s sound system to enhance engine noise during hard acceleration.
Both the Civic Si Coupe and the Si Sedan will start at $25,930 including destination, which is a $700 increase over 2019.