2014 Honda Civic Si Preview

Pros: The 2014 Honda Civic Si 2014 continues to top the Civic range. It boasts various suspension, styling and chassis upgrades to handle the duties of high-performance driving. Track-validated brakes, tires and suspension components are all part of the package. At the same time, you’ll find many high-end amenities, superior reliability, and excellent resale value. Plus there are once again two body styles to choose from: sedan or coupe. Consider it if you like the idea of a fun little sports car you can drive every day of the year.

Cons: Skip the 2014 Honda Civic Si if you’re after all-out firepower for your dollar, or if you need an automatic transmission. What’s more, comfort, fuel economy, and cargo room are not what will draw buyers to this model.

Honda Civic Si

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2014 Honda Civic Si Price: This high-performance version of the Civic starts at $26,710, a mild increase over the outgoing model.

2014 Honda Civic Si Fuel Economy: Official ratings for the 2014 Honda Civic Si are 9.9L/100km in the city and 6.6L/100km on the highway.

Improvements and Changes: The engine gets a slight boost in power (+4 hp) and torque (+4 lb-ft) from a revised exhaust system. The chassis benefits from a larger rear stabilizer bar, and the front spring rates have been increased.

Fresh, youthful styling makes the car look bolder and sleeker. The exterior features distinctive new bumpers, revised headlight and taillight clusters, wider tires, and redesigned 18” wheels for a sportier appearance.

It’s the same thing inside where exclusive seat fabric and decoration in a dynamic black and red define the cockpit. The new Display Audio interface includes a 7” touchscreen that lets you swipe, tap and pinch (just like on a tablet or smartphone) to control the vehicle’s audio system, display settings, and other advanced features. Let’s not forget the next-generation HondaLink navigation system.

2014 Honda Civic Si Powertrain: The high-revving, 2.4L i-VTEC engine of the Civic Si now produces 205 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 174 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. When drivers enter the upper limits of the engine’s rev range, the i-VTEC system engages a more aggressive camshaft profile to ramp up power output and sound effects.

Once again, the Civic Si is available exclusively with a close-ratio, 6-speed manual gearbox featuring a lightweight and compact design and excellent shift feel. Power is sent to the front wheels through a helical-style Limited Slip Differential (LSD) that helps increase handling potential while reducing wheel slippage when powering out of tight corners.

Cargo Capacity: The trunk of the 2014 Honda Civic Si Sedan offers 353 litres of cargo room, whereas the Coupe’s can haul 331 litres.

Safety: Civic Si safety begins with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure that was redesigned in 2013 to provide increased protection to occupants in a frontal collision. There are six airbags, ABS brakes, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, and vehicle stability assist with traction control. A backup camera and LaneWatch blind-spot monitor also come standard.

Comparing the 2014 Honda Civic Si: The biggest rivals of the Civic Si are the Ford Focus ST, Hyundai Veloster Turbo, Kia Forte Koup SX, Mazdaspeed3, Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, as well as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI and Golf GTI.

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