2022 Honda Civic Si Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Oct 19, 2021
  • Redesigned version of Honda's legendary sport compact car
  • Based on the Civic Touring sedan
  • More powerful turbocharged engine
  • Manual transmission with downshift rev-matching
  • Sport-tuned suspension and steering
  • 18-inch matte-black wheels with available summer tires
  • Sport-bolstered front seats with fabric upholstery
  • 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Bose premium sound system
  • Honda Sensing safety technologies

That's right, sport compact car fans. Honda is returning the Civic Si to the lineup and is calling it the "best-handling" and "most fun-to-drive" Civic Si ever. Naturally, the 2022 Honda Civic Si is based on the existing Civic sedan, with numerous engineering changes, visual modifications, and functional improvements to maximize the size of the smile on your face.

2022 Honda Civic Si Blazing Orange Pearl Front Quarter View Action

However, if you were hoping for a new Civic Si in a hatchback body style, that's not happening. Instead, it's a good bet that the 2023 Acura Integra will fill that role for American Honda, bridging the gap between the new 2022 Civic Si and the upcoming Civic Type R, the latter featuring a 5-door body style.

Confused? Don't worry. Ultimately, it will all make sense. In the meantime, let's review the 2022 Civic Si specs, pictures, and more.

Exterior Features

2022 Honda Civic Si Blazing Orange Pearl Rear Quarter View

To distinguish the Civic Si from the rest of its compact sedans, Honda gives the car a subtle appearance change, including revised bumpers, functional front and rear spoilers that add downforce at higher speeds, and two oval exhaust outlets. Gloss black trim surrounds the windows, and the 18-inch aluminum wheels have a Si-exclusive matte-black finish.

Blazing Orange Pearl paint is exclusive to the Si, but you might wish to fly a little more under the radar considering the fun to be had with this car.

Interior Features

2022 Honda Civic Si Interior Dashboard

The Civic Si interior features aluminum sport pedals, traditional red accents for the metal honeycomb trim on the dashboard, and red contrast stitching evident throughout the cabin. Activate the Sport driving mode, and the lighting also glows red.

"Body stabilizing" sports seats are standard, wrapped in black fabric with red fabric inserts. They feature improved bolstering and greater thigh support, as well as built-in head restraints. Matching red door panel inserts are also aboard.

Since the car is based on the Civic sedan, expect the rear seat to accommodate two adults or three kids. The trunk is roomy, too, and holds 14.4 cubic feet of cargo.

Under the Hood

For the new Civic Si, Honda uses the same turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine it tucks into other 2022 Civics. However, in the Si, the engine makes 200 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 192 pound-feet of torque that arrives 300 rpm sooner. The engine's redline is 6,500 rpm, so no, this powertrain doesn't mark a return to VTEC glory.

Honda uses a 26-percent lighter single-mass flywheel in the Civic Si, which produces a significant reduction in inertia and makes the 2,952-pound car feel more responsive, the automaker says. The broader torque curve is also beneficial to overall performance, as is the short-throw 6-speed manual gearbox with downshift rev-matching. Drivers can elect to have this turned on or off, depending on their heel-and-toe talents. If you can't drive a stick, you'll need to learn. That's because the 2022 Civic Si comes only with a manual gearbox.

A helical limited-slip differential puts the power to the pavement through the front wheels. Normal, Sport, and new Individual driving modes allow the driver to calibrate the car's responsiveness and steering feel, while a new dual-coil silencer exhaust system improves exhaust flow 27 percent compared to the Civic Touring sedan. It also enhances the engine note, along with the revised Active Sound Control system.

Honda gives the MacPherson strut front and multi-link independent rear suspension the sport-tuning treatment. Still, the automaker says the car supplies a comfortable ride without any compromise in handling. The Si inherits a handful of components from the previous Civic Type R. Improvements in both body stiffness and the steering system supply better road feel and quicker response to inputs, according to Honda.

Standard equipment includes 235/40R18 all-season tires, but Honda offers a summer performance tire upgrade in the same specification. The Civic Si also gets a significant brake upgrade, with 12.3-inch front and 11.1-inch rear discs in place of the Touring's 11.1-inch front and 10.2-inch rear rotors. This is wise since I recently cooked the brakes on a Civic Sport Touring hatch while driving the car on mountain roads with plenty of enthusiasm.

Safety Systems

The new Civic Si comes with the same Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure advancements made with other versions of the car, as well as the 2022 Civic's new front head-cradling airbag design and standard rear-seat side-impact airbags.

Honda Sensing is also standard. This is Honda's collection of advanced driving assistance systems, and the company both improved its refinement and accuracy while expanding the number of features. However, the adaptive cruise control does not offer a stop-and-go function because the Civic Si comes only with a manual gearbox. Also, the new-for-2022 Traffic Jam Assist and Low-Speed Braking Control features are unavailable.

Though it remains unofficial, the new Civic Si crash-test ratings will likely mirror the 2022 Civic sedan. That car earns a "Top Safety Pick+" designation, the highest rating available from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Infotainment and Technology

Honda equips the 2022 Civic Si with digital instrumentation and the top-shelf infotainment system from the Civic Touring. The infotainment system has a 9-inch high-definition touchscreen display, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation, and a voice-recognition system that works pretty well. Music flows through an impressive Bose Centerpoint 2 surround-sound audio system.

2022 Honda Civic Si Competitors

When the 2022 Honda Civic Si release date arrives, the car will square off against a shorter list of competitors than in years past. Still, the sport compact sedans that remain available are all credible rivals to the Si. They include the Hyundai Elantra N Line, Kia Forte GT, Mazda Mazda3 2.5 TurboSubaru WRX, and Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Honda is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of October 19, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.

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