Add a healthy dose of athleticism to a nameplate renowned for long-term reliability, and there's little doubt as to why the Honda Civic Si bests the competition when it comes to resale value. Just one model year removed from a significant refresh, the 2014 Civic Si reaffirms its place in the segment not only as a value proposition, but also as a class leader in refinement, technology and performance.
The defining characteristic of the Civic Si coupe and sedan is their high-revving 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that produces 201 horsepower at a lofty 7,000-rpm. Despite the fact that all power is directed to the front wheels, the Si is considered by many to be a bona fide driver's car. For instance, both body styles offer a limited-slip differential as standard fare, and the sole transmission option is a close-ratio 6-speed manual. In simple terms, the Civic Si takes the oxymoron out of 'front-wheel-drive sports car.'
Dynamics notwithstanding, at the end of the day, the Si is still a Civic. That means a long-standing record of dependability, fuel economy, quality, and the versatility to seat up to five people in both two-and-four-door configurations.
Starting in the low-$20,000 range, the 2014 Civic Si offers one of the best performance-per-dollar ratios in the business. What's more, the Si exudes its sporting demeanor without sacrificing everyday drivability, comfort, and practicality.
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