Due for its mid-cycle model change, the 10th generation Honda Civic looks to be aging quite nicely as far as the popular compact goes. In order to keep this momentum going for the sportier Civic Si trim in the US, Honda has updated the Civic Si for the 2020 model year with a few subtle changes. Those who have a keen eye for this model can immediately differentiate the new pieces, but allow us to take you through the new items.
For starters, the front fascia mildly alters the big gaping side pods/fog lamp housings on each side of the bumper. Now surrounded with piano black accents and a color-matched stripe that's akin to a mustache, the new Civic Si gets a more pronounced front end apart from the faux ducting that the early model had. To round up the changes in front, the Civic Si does away with the projector lamps found in the early model and goes with a full LED system with daytime running lights.
The interior of the vehicle did not change as much as it is still sporting a pair of seats with red accents on the seat bottom and back. The instrument cluster gets a little more attention with red trim highlighting the dials.
The powertrain still remains a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline four, but the Civic Si gets a nifty 6-speed manual gearbox to get the most out of the small displacement motor. To bring this further emphasis, Honda says the final drive ratio of the 2020 Civic Si has been shortened by 6% giving better acceleration overall. Power output remains the same as well at 208 PS with 265 Nm of torque.
The safety end of things sees some substantial changes for the Civic Si. Honda Sensing, Honda's suite of safety and driver assist systems, now comes standard as well as Honda's LaneWatch assist which uses side cameras underneath the mirrors to watch for incoming traffic.
The 2020 Honda Civic Si starts at $25,000 without destination charges. Imagine how much more it would cost if you were to send one here...