Can’t Wait for the 2022 Honda Civic Si? Buy a 2019 Civic Si Instead

The 2022 Honda Civic Si is finally here. We’ve seen the race car version, and soon, we’ll have a look at the newest production Civic Si. While it’s fantastic another paragon of FWD performance is here, these new Si’s may be a little hard to get. It’s likely demand will be high with everyone whipped up to a fever pitch of anticipation (thank the new Integra for that). However, there’s a way around that mess that can be even cheaper: the 2019 Civic Si.

There’s roughly 8 billion of them laying around, and the last-gen Si is still a killer sports car with plenty of practicality at a bargain price. Moreover, there’s plenty of choice in body styles and options to satiate any Honda fan.

Is a used Civic Si worth it?

The 2019 Civic Si on a twisty road shot from the front 3/4
The 2019 Civic Si is a real bargain | Honda

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It’s best to just come out and say it: the 2019 Civic Si is, without a doubt, worth it. First, there’s the styling. The Honda Civic Type R of this generation was oft-criticized for its “boy racer” styling. For those who aren’t a fan of it, the Si might as well be any other car on the road. Sure, a small wing remains, but it’s a far cry from the hyper-aggressive Type R.

However, there is a small hangup. For those who can’t drive a manual transmission for one reason or another, you’re out of luck here. The 2019 Civic Si is only offered with a six-speed manual transmission, just like the 2022 model. For those who can, you should. Stick cars are dying, and the Si is one of the last to say the least.

The 2019 Civic Si is a killer hot sedan

A red 2019 Civic Si shot from the front 3/4
The last-gen Civic Si can be either a coupe or a sedan | Honda

To circle back to styling for a moment, the 2019 Si is available in either coupe or sedan (though it’s more of a hatch look if you ask us). That’s something that likely won’t be the case for the 2022 Honda Civic Si, which drops the coupe from the lineup. That’s fine because what’s underneath, in addition to GTI-like practicality, is what makes the Si.

For starters, that means a 205 hp four-cylinder and yet another fantastic FWD chassis by Honda. That chassis, as is usually the case with good chassis, makes for a fantastic ride. While the Type R faced some criticism for its ride in its early years, the Si didn’t. This little coupe/sedan strikes the perfect balance between comfort and sporty handling.

The 2022 Honda Civic Si will be even better

A camouflaged Honda Civic Si makes its way down the straight at a race track
The new 2022 Honda Civic Si | Honda

That said, if there’s one thing Honda can do, it’s steadily improve on a formula. The brand is very much like Porsche in that way. It’s almost a sure thing that new the 2022 Honda Civic Si will be even better than the last. However, should Honda catastrophically screw up, the 2019 (and 2020) model is here to catch the Si’s fall, all for around $27,000.

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