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2020 Honda Civic Si gets performance upgrades, fascia changes, new safety tech

Honda is updating its Civic Si for the 2020 model year.

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Honda is refining its Civic Si sedan and coupe for the 2020 model year. These revisions are on top of the changes made for the 2019 model year, which included a new infotainment touch screen with physical buttons and knobs, and bigger cupholders.

The Civic Si is one of two sport-tuned Civic trims Honda offers (the other being the Civic Type R). It will continue to come standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard as are a helical limited-slip differential, and adjustable two-mode adaptive damper system. For the 2020 model year, Honda has given the Civic Si a six percent shorter final-drive ratio, which is designed to make the car feel faster off the line.

At the front, the 2020 Honda Civic Si gets new LED fog lights and a freshly styled fog light housings, which are now surrounded by gloss black trim and a body color crossbar. The Civic Si will now come standard with multi-element LED headlamps that project a wider and longer beam.

2020 Honda Civic Si Coupe

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Honda is refining its Civic Si sedan and coupe for the 2020 model year.

2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan

Photo courtesy of Honda North America

Honda is refining its Civic Si sedan and coupe for the 2020 model year.

Around back, the Civic Si sedan has received a new lower bumper design to better match what it now has up front, with a gloss black surround and body color crossbars.

For the 2020 model year, all Civic Si models now ride on matte black 18-inch wheels that are surrounded by all-season performance tires. Summer tires are available as a factory option.

The cabin of the Civic Si will now come equipped with sport seats that feature red accents. The car's instrument panel has new red trim.

Additionally, the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance technologies is now standard on the model. Honda Sensing includes Adaptive Cruise Control and the Collision Mitigation Braking System incorporating Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, and Road Departure Mitigation, which includes Lane Departure Warning. All Civics also have automatic high beams.

The 2020 Honda Civic Si is on sale now and starts at $25,000 and tops out just over $26,000.

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The new Si gets many improvements over the standard Civic.

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The 2022 Civic and Civic Hatchback are just starting to hit our streets, but Honda's already moved on to higher performance versions of the car. The automaker just announced the Civic Si, which lands between the standard cars and the red-hot Type R in the Civic lineup.

2022 Honda Civic Si The Si's manual transmission gets rev-matching from the Civic Type R.Honda

The 2022 Civic Si gets a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The VTEC unit has been updated with broader power curves and better output at the top of the rev range. It's paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission that features the handy rev-matching feature from the Civic Type R. The system can detect downshifts and blips the throttle to perfectly align engine revs with the shift.

Honda tightened up the new Si's body with an 8 percent bump in torsional rigidity and a 13 percent increase in bending rigidity over the previous model. The 2022 Civic Si also rides on a longer wheelbase and has a wider rear track for better stability. Honda says that at 107.7 inches, the Si has the longest wheelbase in its class, which should give the car a stable and comfortable ride.

2022 Honda Civic Si The 2022 Civic Si's interior is clean and sporty. Honda

The Si's cabin borrows heavily from the standard Civic, but the sporty car gets more aggressive front sport seats with stronger bolstering and better thigh and shoulder supports. Honda raised the seats' bottom cushion by half an inch at the front for better thigh support. A 9-inch touchscreen display is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 12-speaker Bose stereo with Centerpoint 2 tech and SurroundStage digital signal processing are also standard.

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The Passport was lightly modified for competition.

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Honda recently announced a line of off-road-oriented trims and packages for its vehicles. Called TrailSport, the trim brings rugged appearance upgrades to the Honda Passport and will eventually offer more performance upgrades for other vehicles in the automaker's catalog. To further prove its mettle in the off-road space, Honda built a 2022 Passport rally truck to compete in the American Rally Association race series. The truck debuted over the weekend in Michigan and had a reasonably successful run for its first time out.

2022 Honda Passport Two Honda engineers handled driving duties.Honda

Importantly, the Passport's drivetrain and suspension were left untouched for the rally. The 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6, nine-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and suspension in the rally vehicle are the same components that you or I would see if we bought a new Passport today. Honda did add a transmission fluid cooler, but even then, it's the unit that everyday buyers can get with the available towing package. The SUV's interior was stripped and modified for safety and performance.

2022 Honda Passport Honda is pushing deeper into the off-road with its TrailSport trims.Honda

Honda did upgrade the Passport's wheels and tires for the event by fitting 17-inch BRAID Winrace T rally wheels and Maxxis RAZR M/T or A/T tires. The automaker also made modifications to the SUV's underside with custom 1/8-inch thick aluminum oil pan and rear differential skid plates. High-density panels protect the fuel tank and other sensitive components, while Carbontech XP12 brake pads and high-temp racing brake fluid slow things down.

2022 Honda Passport The Passport's interior had to be stripped and modified for the event.Honda

The ARA National and Regional Championship Series events feature modified street vehicles that travel at speeds well in excess of 100 mph. The courses include gravel, dirt, mud, and snow, and cover hundreds of miles. The Honda Passport rally vehicle was first driven by two Honda engineers and ran in the top ten out of 42 teams. Honda says that a tire de-bead eventually slowed the team, leading to a delayed finish.

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