Fast Four #2
Visually subtle but dynamically sweet, the Civic Si offers its high-revving brand of excitement in well-appointed coupe and sedan forms, each starting below $23,000. Both Si variants are impressively quick, thanks to Honda's 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine that sends its 197 horsepower to the front wheels though a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential. Rounding out the Si's mechanical mix is a firm but well-sorted suspension and a 17-inch wheel/tire package that encourages one to regularly explore its formidable limits. Although you'll have to live without leather, both members of the Si set boast nice touches like a 350-watt premium sound system and power moonroof in their standards column and offer even-stickier summer tires and Honda's voice-activated satellite navigation package and Bluetooth as options.