Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan?
The engine, mostly. It's got gobs of power - but only over a very limited range of RPM. This car MUST have a six-speed gearbox, so that you can keep the engine in that limited 6800-8000 RPM range for power if you need it. On the other hand, below 6800 RPM, this is really the first Honda Si engine that had enough torque to be a daily driver.
Handling - dead-flat. You cannot make this car lean in corners, which is fabulous. The steering is VERY quick, although very numb.
Transmission - in the one hour I drove it, the trans was easy to get used to, and the clutch easy to modulate.
Interior space. You will never know you're in a compact car if you sit in those back seats. My mid-sized Accord doesn't have that kind of legroom! Seriously, if you sit in the rear seat and place your feet on the floor, there's a full six inches between your toes and the back of the front seats. I test drove the Civic Si after testing a much larger and heavier Infiniti G37, and the Honda's interior accommodations seem MUCH larger than the Infiniti's.
Cons: How would you improve your 2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan?
Steering - it has no feel whatsoever. This is unforgivable in a "sports" car and is 90% of the reason why I knocked the performance all the way from 5 to 3. In a sports car, you should be able to tell through your fingertips what kind of road surface you're on. This steering feels like it was designed for your grandmother to drive it.
Dashboard. Garish/bizarre. What the heck where they thinking? A digital speedo in a hotrod? Digital speedos came and went in the 1980s...a terrible human interface device. And that split-level dashboard...what's up with that? Please, give us a real speedo, and place it next to the tach, not above it and a foot further away.
Exterior. The i-Vtec logo and Si logo look like they were bought at KMart and pasted on. I plan to buy one of these cars, and hope they're removable. Regrettably, the trashy cheap looking spoiler can only be removed if you like holes in the trunk. You cannot get this car without a sunroof, and Honda sunroofs LOVE to leak water into the trunk. Please make this liability an option.
Exhaust - honest, it doesn't have to be this loud.
Radio/heater controls. Too busy. Not logical, like the old Civics.
2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan Review:
The overall feel of the car is that it has a lot of substance. But it also can "get away from you". Be careful pushing on the throttle. When the 2.0L engine hits 6800 RPM, the action is much more dramatic than a turbo charged car. An easy-to-control power source, it is not. The suspension is quirky, too...it doesn't "fit" with itself. It hammers you, because it's so stiff, and you accept that as the compromise for the gorgeous flat handling. But the steering almost feels disconnected from the wheels, it's so numb.
This is a compromise car. For the MPG, it's fast. For a car that fits 5 adults well and has great rear legroom, it handles like it's on rails. But the "driver experience" is not one of driver involvement, due to the lack of steering wheel feel...it's as if you're just issuing commands to a computer and the car follows.
I'd buy a WRX instead, except that I am not impressed with Subie reliability. I'd buy an Infinite G37 instead, except that I do haul around rear seat passengers, and it's insulting to them. Also, the G37's suspension is a bit floaty by comparison with the Si.
The Si has always meant "weird, goofy boy-racer" since we first saw the designation on the 1985 CRX Si. And that's still what it means.
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