TO THE POINTWhat’s New? With 197 horsepower flowing through a six-speed manual gearbox to a helical limited-slip differential and 17-inch Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 summer tires, does it matter what else might be new on the 2006 Honda Civic Si? Selling Points: Sleek styling, sophisticated engineering, comfortable front seats, lots of standard safety equipment, reputation for reliability, amazing performance Deal Breakers: Cramped back seat, funky dash design Our Advice: Honda unleashes a redesigned 2006 Civic Si, equipped with enough performance hardware that it sets the new standard by which sport compact cars must be measured.
Inside the 2006 Honda Civic Si, new seats with stiff bolsters, special suede-like trim, sporty red stitching, and an “Si” logo embroidered onto the backrest do a terrific job of holding the driver in place during hard cornering. The driver’s seat features a manual height adjuster, and with the standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel, it’s easy to find a perfect driving position. Getting into the back seat from the passenger’s side is relatively easy, thanks to a tilt and slide front chair and a large door opening. But for larger adults, the Civic Si’s rear quarters should be used only for short distances.