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Honda Launches 2020 Civic Si

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2020 Honda Civic Coupe
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The Honda Civic Si is the last of the Civic models to get its 2020 model year update, and arguably this is the one you should be most interested in as the Si is the Civic to have if you care about performance but would prefer not to break the bank on a Type R.

For 2020, the Si has received several exterior and interior updates such as a revised front end, the inclusion of Honda Sensing safety technology as standard equipment, and updated sport seats with red accents. New red trim highlighting the instrument panel complements that nicely, as well as the new physical buttons and knobs that were re-added to the Civic last year.

The lower bumper is new as well to better match the revised front end, which now boasts gloss black surrounding trim and a body-color crossbar. You may also notice the new LED fog lights and multi-element LED headlights

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As mentioned, no matter which Si you buy and how you configure it, the 2020 model will now always come with the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistive features, the most important of which is the Collision Mitigation Braking System that can stop the car to potentially avoid a collision. Honda Sensing also comes with road departure mitigation, lane keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control, among other things.

Possibly the biggest update was made to the six-speed manual transmission, its final-drive ratio now six percent shorter, contributing to a more responsive acceleration feel throughout the gears. The Civic Si uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to produce 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, as well as a helical limited-slip differential and adjustable two-mode adaptive damper system. For a superbly well-equipped daily driver that starts at $25,000, it’s impressively advanced under the hood.

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