2009 Honda Civic Si Coupe

Andrew Trahan

This gearbox is an absolute blast! Sure, it's not quite as visceral as the one in the S2000 CR that we recently enjoyed, but this most muscular Civic is a more practical, economical choice that's still quite fun to drive. The Si is a great second fiddle to that aspirational S2000 roadster, and since the venerable Dodge Neon SRT4 is dead, I think I'd choose the Si over its sport-compact competitors from Chevy, Mazda, and Dodge.

Like the S2000, the Si also boasts almost turbolike VTEC hotness that's hard to resist. I was similarly impressed by the Si's very strong exhaust note, which I don't recall from previous Si's that I've driven. I remember those cars as having more darty steering, too, although this car's rack still feels a bit busy on the highway. The driver's seat is more comfortable than before as well. (I drove a Civic Si coupe to southeastern Ohio for our All-Stars gathering in late 2005, and I had a sore back when I finally pulled into the Holiday Inn.)

Personally, I prefer the appearance and functionality of the Civic Si sedan to this coupe, but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of rear-seat space in this low-slung two-door.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

MITSUMAN1
I AGREE WITH EVERYONE ELSE 25,000 IS WAY TO MUCH FOR A CIVIC SI 5,000 TO MUCH, HOPE HONDA GET THEIR CRAP TOGETHER. WHAT HAPPEN TO A HONDA 2 SEATER 4CLY LIGHT WEIGHT REVS TO THE STARSAND HAD THE BADEST 6 SP IN HISTORY AND FUN AS HELL TO DRIVE FOR UNDER 20,000.OH YEAH THEY KILLED ALL OF THEM: S2000, DEL-SOL SI, CRX SI (OWNED 2).SAD TO SAY I FEEL HONDA IS TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH TOYOTA WITH THIS HYBRID S***THAT THE LOST THEIR WAY.
tumbleweed2
I have a 2007 si sedan I bought new. After sorting out some 3rd gear issues early on, under warranty, this car has been a joy to own and drive. This is the 4th Honda my family has owned since our first in 1994. They seem to get better and better. Keep up the good work Honda!

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