— If you're in the market for a 2017 Civic Si, Honda will sell it to you in two varieties: sedan or coupe (shown here). I tested the sedan for our First Drive, then spent a week with the coupe — and even after all that, I'm still not sure which one I'd take.
Both body styles are very similar. They have the same price ($24,775 including destination charges) and identical fuel economy (28/38/32 mpg city/highway/combined). Both also use the same turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder Used Engine , which makes 205 horsepower and 192 pounds-feet of torque. The lone transmission option is a six-speed manual (insert cheers of delight from purists here), and the Civic Si also comes with an upgraded adaptive suspension, limited-slip differential and a Sport mode, which when engaged actually changes the character of the car.
The sedan and coupe even have the same wheelbase and roughly the same curb weights, with only 17 pounds of difference separating the two: 2,889 pounds for the coupe versus 2,906 pounds for the sedan. Because of this, the driving experience between the two is practically identical, which is a good thing - the Civic Si hits the sweet spot for me for this generation of Civic. When driving the regular Civic variants, I wished for more torque and a bit more stiffness from the suspension. The Si does a good job of answering that call.
So which to choose?
To me, the coupe is the better looking of the two. Its proportions scream sportiness and the more prominent wing on the back tickles my boy-racer funny bone a bit more. Both are an improvement over the standard versions of the Civic; borrowing those bumpers and air inlets from the hatchback are a change for the better.
If I had one bone to pick with the styling, it'd be the exhaust — someone recently described it to me as a big micro-USB port, and now I can't unsee that. The dual-pipe center exhaust and the tri-pipe exhaust found on the Type R both would be preferable to my tastes.
Of course, there are trade-offs to this preference. Opting for the coupe means sacrificing a good amount of practicality: Besides losing two doors, there's less cargo room in the coupe (11.9 cubic feet versus 14.7 cubic feet in the sedan) and less legroom and headroom in the backseat, as well. The shape of the coupe also pushes that rear glass directly over the head of passengers, which makes sitting back there awkward even for shorter folks.
Are those compromises enough to sway me off the coupe? Not right now, since I'm 30, single and childless (sorry about that last part, Mom and Dad). But it's good to know that if those things change, there's still something fun I can drive around that would fit my new life a little better.