2009 Honda Civic Si Coupe

Andrew Trahan

It takes a special mindset to really turn on the fun in the Civic Si. Running the engine to the 8000-rpm redline is hardly a natural action. Sure, the 2.0-liter is smooth and quick to rev, but you certainly feel like you're calling a lot of attention to yourself (especially in a bright red car) with your foot planted for so long as the howling engine announces your juvenile maturity to anyone within a half-mile.

Then there's the matter of keeping the revs in the powerband. With other sport compacts you're typically playing at 4000 rpm as you whip down a curvy road. In this Civic, you'll want to make that 6000 rpm to stay on top of the VTEC power boost. It's a totally different driving experience, but it sure is rewarding when you keep the revs at the top of the tach.

The Si also shines for its tag-team steering and handling duo. The wheel effort is fairly light, but in a tribute to the S2000, dialing in a steering input always places the car right where you expect. Turn-in is shockingly quick, and the car remains composed and balanced at all speeds up to the limit. This light and nimble package provides some of the best front-wheel-drive cornering you can find.

Eric Tingwall, Associate 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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