For the entry-level enthusiast, the 2015 Honda Civic Si remains the gold standard in terms of performance bang for the buck, good looks and an affordable sticker that contributes to its class leading 5-year Cost to Own. Available in both coupe and sedan versions (the 4-door is only a $200 walk-up from the base MSRP of $22,890 excluding $820 destination), the Civic Si exhibits a more sporty flair thanks to the rear decklid spoiler and more aggressive front fascia.
Inside, the performance cues extend to the aluminum shifter with a leather-wrapped knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel and pedals trimmed in aluminum. Two-tone upholstery and sport instrumentation add to the performance looks. The dash features the standard Civic's two-tier instrumental panel layout with a center-mounted touch screen.
Aesthetics aside, the heart of the 2015 Civic Si is found beneath the hood where a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine cranks out 245 horsepower, which is delivered to the front wheels. To keep torque steer in check, the Civic Si also benefits from a limited-slip differential. Both the Si coupe and sedan come with only one transmission choice, a 6-speed manual.
Beyond spirited performance, the 2015 Civic offers a fairly long list of standard features such as a back-up camera, push-button start and the Honda-exclusive Lane Watch system that projects a view of the right side of the car when the right turn signal is activated. With its low cost to own, two bodystyles and plenty of power, the 2015 Honda Civic Si is not just an obvious but fun choice as well.