|Two-tiered instrument panel and steering wheel controls|
The interior of the Si was comfortable for a small car. The first thing we noticed was the suede accents all over the seats and doors. The suede was unnecessary. Just go with some regular leather or vinyl and let’s move on. The dash is huge. Seriously, I think I could almost lay out a sleeping bag and curl up it’s so large and mostly flat. This didn’t inhibit the driving, but it did bother our eyes when we first got in. The gauges are red-backed (not really a fan) and the instrument panel is two-tiered with a digital speedo up top with the fuel indicator and engine temp to the sides, and the tachometer plus all other indicator lights down below. The digital speedo was nice, but I found my eye staying there too often to make sure I was going exactly as fast as allowed. The new 2012 models also have an information center to the right of the digital speedo for radio, power usage, and other info. Overall the interior didn’t thrill us, but at the same time like most Honda’s it wasn’t anything that detracted from the appeal of the car.
With the newly introduced Elantra’s and Sonata’s, the Civic now shares a number of external styling features. If you look at the Si too long, you really will start to see the new Hyundai’s coming out. The style lines down the side of the Civic are also apparent on the Elantra. Nothing that really takes away from the Si, but if you’re looking for that original looking ride, this isn’t it… The exhaust doesn’t sound very different from the standard version of the Civic. Nothing to take note of; just sounds like an angry rodent. The spoiler is still unique looking with its knife edge design. Again, nothing here that causes us to run away and vomit, but nothing that makes us fight to drive this car.