The Honda Civic Si delivers a nice middle ground between the ho-hum base model and the wild Type R. For 2020, Honda will deliver a handful of updates to the Civic Si to smooth out its looks and enhance performance just a touch.
On the outside, you must look closely to find all the subtle updates to the Civic Si Coupe and Sedan, but a side-by-side comparison shows exactly what has changed. Up front, the biggest changes are to its fog-light housings where Honda will drop the cheesy-looking mesh pattern and adopt a solid-black design with body-color crossbars near the top. Other important front-end updates include standard multi-element LED headlights and LED fog lights.
Around back, The Civic Si Sedan gets a reworked bumper with the same crossbars on top of the air outlets. Sadly, it retains the chintzy-looking mesh inserts in the rear. The Civic Si Coupe has no updates to its backside.
Rounding out the exterior changes are matte-black 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-season performance tires.
Inside, the 2020 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Sedan will get a little added pop with updated sport seats with red inserts on the seatback and lower cushion. The only other visual update will be red trim on the instrument panel.
Under its hood, the Civic Si will keep its 205-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, but it will gain a 6 percent shorter final drive, which will enhance the in-seat feel when accelerating. Whether or not this will improve its 0-to-60 time remains to be seen, but it’s doubtful.
The current Civic Si lacks any advanced safety equipment other than Honda LaneWatch, but this changes with the 2020 Civic Si. The new model year will bring in standard Honda Sensing, which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, lane-keep assist, road-departure mitigation, automatic high-beam headlights, and more.
The 2020 Honda Civic Si will hit showrooms on Sept. 6, 2019. The 2020 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan will start from $25,000 ($700 increase from 2019) with summer tires running an extra $200.