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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 Integra returns next year as a 2023 model.

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In the last couple years, we've seen a few big-name nostalgic automotive nameplates return to the market. There was the Land Rover Defender and more recently the Ford Bronco. Now, it's Acura's turn to stroll down memory lane, as it gears up for the release of the fifth-generation 2023 Integra. The car will return in 2022 as a four-door with a liftback, and most importantly, it gets plenty of go-fast bits in the places that matter.

2023 Acura Integra While it's true that the Integra looks like other Acura sedans, it's not an indication of how it will drive. Acura

Before we go too far: Yes, the Integra looks like the ILX and the TLX sedans, and yes, it has four doors. Remember that the first-, second-, and third-generation cars were available with four doors. It wasn't until the Acura RSX (sold as the Integra in Japan and Australia) that the car shaved two doors and became exclusively a two-door hatchback. So, while the look may be disappointing to some, it's not out of place.

2023 Acura Integra The new Integra will come with a limited-slip differential and an optional manual gearbox.

All the specs are here, too. The 2023 Integra will get a high-output 1.5-liter engine, a limited slip differential, and an available six-speed manual gearbox. If that isn't the recipe for a fun front-drive enthusiast car, we don't know what is. The prototype rides on matte-finish 19-inch wheels and comes with Brembo high-performance brakes.

2023 Acura Integra Acura will release more details closer to the car's launch in 2022. Acura

Acura says that the 2023 Integra will mark the car's first time being built in the United States, and notes that the car will enter production at its Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. The car will be formally introduced in the first half of 2022, so we'll have to wait until then for detailed specs and pricing information. The good news, however, is that Acura says the car will start around $30,000, making it accessible to a wide swath of the car buying public.

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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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