If you're in the market for a sub $25,000 vehicle and want something with a bit of punch, your options are somewhat limited these days.
One of the cars that springs to mind if I want something that will last a long time and will provide a sporting experience is the Honda Civic Si.
Though I previously owned a 2000 Honda Civic, it's pretty remarkable to see how far the vehicle has come. It went from a tin can to a much more fun car that's become significantly more sophisticated.
So, if you're in-market for a 200 horsepower fun, front-wheel drive car, you should probably check this out. That is unless you have a hankering for rear-wheel drive.
Honda's press release follows:
2014 Civic Si Ups the Ante with More Power, Higher Tech and Sportier Coupe Styling
03/11/2014 - TORRANCE, Calif.
2014 Civic Si Coupe goes on-sale March 12, Si Sedan follows on March 26
Coupe styling enhancements emphasize sporty character of Civic Si
Engine power boosted to 205 horsepower1 and 174 lb-ft of torque2
Many premium technology additions, including 7-inch Display Audio and Honda-exclusive LaneWatchTM
With more power, a retuned suspension, an upgraded interior, a host of new features and a restyled coupe model, the 2014 Civic Si is ready to impress. Add to this a Best Resale Value Award3 from trusted vehicle valuation source Kelley Blue Book and a minimal $275 increase in the starting price, and the 2014 Civic Si is poised for success. The 2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe goes on-sale tomorrow, March 12, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $22,7904. The 2014 Civic Si Sedan goes on-sale March 26 with an MSRP starting at $22,9904.
The restyled 2014 Civic Si Coupe, riding on larger (+1 inch) performance-styled 18-inch alloy wheels, has an aggressive, sporty presence. As with all 2014 Civic coupe models, the Si styles a more aggressive hood, front fenders and headlight designs, and new taillight lenses and side mirrors. The sporty aura of the Si is further accentuated by an Si-exclusive grille and lower front-bumper garnish and rear air diffuser, and a large wing spoiler. Inside, Si-exclusive seat fabric and trim is enhanced with a sport-oriented black and red color scheme and the audio panel received a high tech, race-inspired carbon fiber-style design.
To back up the bling, a retuned exhaust system boosts the engine output of both the Si Coupe and Si Sedan by 4 horsepower (205)1 and 4 lb-ft of torque (1742). The Si's 2.4-liter i-VTEC® DOHC 16-valve engine is mated to a close-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission. For superior sport handling, the suspension is revised with higher rate springs, new dampers and a stiffer rear stabilizer bar.
As much fun as the Si's engine and chassis offer, there is more to enjoy in the interior. For 2014 the Si Coupe and Si Sedan add as standard equipment Honda's new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen, which uses a smartphone-like interface, allowing users to swipe, tap and pinch their way through audio, phonebook, media, vehicle information and available navigation features. The display is also the interface for the next generation HondaLink™, the application based platform that connects customers to smartphone-provided online content both inside and outside the car. Also standard on the 2014 Si is the convenient Smart Entry with Push Button start, expanded view driver's mirror and Honda LaneWatch™ display for enhanced driver visibility.
The 2014 Civic Si Coupe is available in standard and Navi trims, both being available with summer tires. The Civic Si Sedan will be available in standard trim with a summer tire option and Navi trim. View, build and price at 2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan at automobiles.honda.com/civic.
TRIM MSRP4 EPA Fuel Economy Ratings5
Civic Si Coupe 6MT $22,790 22/31/25
Civic Si Coupe 6MT w/ Summer Tires $22,990 22/31/25
Civic Si Coupe 6MT w/ Navi $24,290 22/31/25
Civic Si Coupe 6MT w/ Summer Tires & Navi $24,490 22/31/25
Civic Si Sedan 6MT $22,990 22/31/25
Civic Si Sedan 6MT w/ Summer Tires $23,190 22/31/25
Civic Si Sedan 6MT w/ Navi $24,490 22/31/25
For More Information
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com/civic. To join the Civic community on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/Honda/Civic. Additional media information including, pricing, features and high-resolution photography of the 2014 Honda Civic is available at hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-civic.
1 205 hp @ 7000 rpm (SAE net)
2 174 lb-ft of torque @ 4400 rpm (SAE net)
3 Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards are based on projections from the Kelley Blue Book® Official Residual Value Guide.
4 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
5 Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition and other factors.