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As noted in our review of the 2022 Honda Civic Touring, the 11th generation Civic is a wonderful place to be. Its styling is simple, clean and fresh. Its driving dynamics are tight and composed, and the whole car feels intentionally designed and engineered. Nothing about it is phoned in. The Si incorporates just the right amount of spice to the 11th generation recipe, resulting in a fun, economical and satisfying ride. It may not conquer the spec sheets, but the 2022 Civic Si’s driving engagement is top-tier, especially given its pricing.

2022 Honda Civic Si Test Drive Review

Price and Value

As with past Honda Civics, the new sedan is an excellent value — no matter the trim level you choose. The MSRP range for the 2022 Honda Civic is $22,550-$29,150. It is available in five trims, with a suite of standard features that includes Sport Mode, Apple CarPlay integration and LED headlights. Some of the major differences in trims are noted below. Note: 2022 is the final year for the LX trim.

  • LX: $22,250 

16-inch wheels

158 horsepower 2.0-liter engine

Automatic climate control

  • Sport: $23,950 

18-inch wheels 

Paddle shifters

Leather-wrapped steering wheel 

  • EX: $25,550 

180-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged engine 

One-touch power moonroof

Heated front seats

  • Si: $27,500 

200-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged engine

6-speed manual transmission 

Helical limited-slip differential

  • Touring: $29,150 

180-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged engine

Leather-trimmed seats 

Bose premium sound system

From sporty and dynamic to luxurious and soothing, Honda offers high value trims across the board. Its standard warranty package is in line with the rest of the industry. Buyers get a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, but no complimentary maintenance plan.

Performance 

The 2022 Honda Civic Si is an impressive sedan. The small, turbocharged engine evokes emotion and passion not typically found in vehicles less than $30,000. Coupled with an extra punchy Sport mode, this Civic is a lively dance partner, eager to rip through the gears — albeit in a controlled and legal way. Oh, and it’s economical, too. In short, this little firecracker is the whole package — if you can drive a stick.

Engine 

Honda bumped the power output of its 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine to 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque in the Si. It’s not much, but it’s more than capable and definitely underrated. It's responsive, torque-y, economical and a joy to exercise, no matter your driving mood. It’s especially a thrill in Sport mode, which dials up the engine’s responsiveness to giggle-inducing results.

Fuel Efficiency

With the Si’s ramped up performance comes very respectable fuel efficiency. The Environmental Protection Agency rates it at 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. In our week of combined testing, we averaged just over 32 miles per gallon. Impressive numbers, especially considering how responsive the powertrain is, even when driven aggressively in Sport mode. Could this be the perfect, sporty daily driver? Maybe. 

2022 Honda Civic Si Test Drive Review

Drivetrain 

Keeping with tradition, the new Civic Si is front-wheel drive only. However its handling, balance and power delivery are hardly hampered by it. The Si is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission, which is supremely satisfying to row through. The Si includes automatic rev matching and a limited-slip differential, which will have you feeling like the race car driver that you totally aren’t.

Acceleration and Handling 

It’s hard to overstate just how well executed the driving dynamics are here, even without the adaptive dampers of the previous generation. The Civic Si is excellent to drive and feels far more composed and intentional than other cars in the segment. Acceleration isn’t aggressive, but it is quick and loads of fun. One of the best aspects of the Civic Si is the ability to have loads of fun without breaching license suspending speeds. 

2022 Honda Civic Si Test Drive Review

Braking 

The brakes aren’t a weak point here, but they’re also not a stand out. They’re adequate for daily driving, offering plenty of bite and natural progression, but track drivers might want to swap out the pads and fluid. A collision mitigation braking system, part of the Honda Sensing safety system, comes standard.

Interior Comfort and Convenience 

The Civic Si’s interior is genuinely beautiful and sporty. It's much more streamlined than previous Civic generations, with simple, clean horizontal lines and red accents. A honeycomb pattern mesh cleverly disguises the air vents and lends a unique and classy feel to this economy car. Every seat is so comfortable and spacious, you’ll wonder how the Honda engineers squeezed it all in. 

Seats 

The front seats are especially comfortable. Their big bolsters hold you in around corners, but don’t squeeze you. We could spend all day in them, although — much to the chagrin of cold weather dwellers — they are not heated. The back seat is so spacious, two full-size adults can easily fit back there. This is a genuine people hauler, and every person will be comfortable, even on longer drives. 

2022 Honda Civic Si Test Drive Review

Climate Control 

Air conditioning in 4-cylinder vehicles can sometimes leave the driver and passengers sweating. This is not the case in the new Honda Civic. In fact, it’s one of the best air conditioners we've ever experienced. With no tint on the windows and a black leather interior, we thought it would be a downright oven. We were wrong. Despite 100 degree temps outside, just a few minutes of air completely cooled the cabin. As a bonus, the fan noise isn’t loud. While the dual-zone automatic climate control was a welcome feature, we do wish for rear vents.

2022 Honda Civic Si Test Drive Review

Cargo Space and Cabin Storage 

Ample storage is yet another better than expected feature in the new Civic. The trunk and its 14 cubic feet are plenty for everyday use. The new center console is large, with a bin in front of the shift lever that’s perfect for storing phones, keys and snacks. The center armrest is soft and comfortable, with ample storage underneath for all of your sundries and small bags.

Infotainment System 

Standing tall over the otherwise minimalist horizontal dash is the 9-inch infotainment screen. The infotainment system was easy enough to use, but wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are what make this one stand out. While we do wish the screen didn't stand quite so tall over the dash, it did offer nice colors and great resolution. The Si trim’s Bose stereo system sounded excellent, with great bass, midrange and treble notes. 

2022 Honda Civic Si Test Drive Review

Exterior Appearance and Functionality 

The Civic Si’s exterior is clean and simple, with just enough black accents to give it a sporty appearance that is bound to age well. While some might find the styling to be a bit anonymous, we appreciate the more classic approach — especially when standing next to the busy and frenetic previous generation. 

Our tester was finished in a fun Blazing Orange Pearl paint. Other eye-catching colors available are Platinum White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Aegean Blue Metallic, Sonic Gray Pearl and Rallye Red.

Wheels 

The Si trim comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels in a matte black finish. Shod with 235/40 RE-18 high-performance summer tires, the Civic handled well and road noise was reasonable, even on the highway. 

Lights and Turn Signals 

Adding to the Honda Civic’s impressive value play is the lighting. The Civic Touring trim comes standard with automatic high beams, automatic on/off headlights and LED fog lights, headlights and taillights. With LED lights all around, the Honda Civic offered excellent nighttime luminescence, as well as sharp turn signals and daytime running lights. 

2022 Honda Civic Si Test Drive Review

Cameras and Side Mirrors

We're always grateful for high-resolution cameras, and Honda's multiview camera didn't disappoint. The system was a great help in parking and backing up into tight areas. The side mirrors were easily adjustable and offered open, clear views down the sides of the vehicle. 

Front and Rear Windshield 

Overall visibility is excellent in the Honda Civic due to its flat, horizontal belt line, large windshield and windows. While it was not cold enough to test defrost features, we are certain that the HVAC’s performance will work quickly on cold mornings.

Safety 

The 2022 Honda Civic Touring is one of the safest vehicles on the road today. With excellent technology, great visibility and a host of standard safety features, the Civic is a good choice for those who prioritize safety. 

Features 

The Civic’s list of safety features is long and impressive, especially considering the price point. The list includes:

 

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Lane keeping assist system
  • Road departure mitigation
  • Electronic brake distribution
  • Driver attention monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic monitor
  • Vehicle stability assist 

Awards and Ratings 

Love for the 2022 Honda Civic is widespread and growing by the day. And it has the awards to prove it. It earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also awarded the Civic its highest rating as a 2022 Top Safety Pick+. 

2022 Honda Civic Si Test Drive Review

Other awards include the U.S. News 2022 Best Compact Car For the Money; 2022 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award; Wards Auto 10 Best User Experiences; and the 2022 North American Car of the Year award by the North American jury of automotive journalists.

Final Impression

We were sad to see the 2022 Honda Civic Si leave our driveway. It’s an excellent car and perfectly blends so many of the things that contribute to a fun, satisfying, comfortable and economical driving experience — all for a competitive price. It’s a car that, if you can drive a manual transmission, you’ll immediately be charmed by. If you enjoy a little spice in your driving, we would heartily recommend the new Si above the other trims, although they are all fun in their own right.

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FAQs 

Is the Honda Civic good for families?

For small families, definitely. If you have two kids, even in child seats, they'll be happy in the back seat with all the space. The only drawback is the lack of air vents. The trunk is also spacious and will have no problem accommodating most strollers, diaper bags or large Costco grocery runs.

Is the Honda Civic Si a good commuter?

If you’re OK with a manual transmission, then yes. It’s probably one of the best, most satisfying daily drivers you can buy. It’s fun, gets excellent fuel economy, is very comfortable and has all the modern technology you could want — all for a sub-$30,000 price.