2012 Honda Civic Si Long-Term Update 5
It can happen with almost anything. If you spend enough time doing a specific activity or living with a problem it becomes normal. I have adapted to the Civic. Many of the initial gripes I had with the Civic's interior and performance are still very much an issue, but during my daily commute very little, if any, time is spent contemplating the cars shortcomings. The learned complacency that time and routine has taught me have made me start to reconsider some of the issues I have had with the car in the past.
The car still lacks competitive performance. The Subaru WRX, Mazdaspeed3 and even the new Ford Focus ST have a 50-65 horsepower advantage. Handling wise the Si can hold its own, but an extra 30hp would do a lot. The chassis feels tight, eager to be driven, and I do thoroughly enjoy throwing the Civic into tight bends. You can go into a corner fast, chuck it hard towards the apex and wrangle the torque-steer through the exit. I look forward to every tight onramp and twisty road, but it needs the power to instill the same enthusiasm for the straights as I have for the corners.
The interior may be the area I have changed my mid the most. Although the rock-hard surfaces lack the feeling of quality that others in the class share, they are durable. With the exception of the slightly worn drivers floor mat, the interior still looks brand new. Yes the dash is hard as a rock, but that means it will standup to the test of time. In a recent Wide-open Throttle post, the question was posed, "What does the Civic need to regain a compact segment lead?" Among the sea of commenters, more than a few mention the need to reimagine the interior design and materials. The lack of sound deadening material was also mentioned not only in this post, but also in the comments section of past updates.
While reading the comments of the same Wide Open Throttle post, I noticed a significant amount of disapproval of the exterior styling. Although it lacks drama, the exterior is clean, crisp, unoffending. With the automotive world being flushed with inexpensive, highly stylized compacts, the Civic is the Plain Jane of the group. I do think the Civic's styling will age better, where some of the current designs will look "so 2012" in 10 years.
From the post on Wide Open Throttle, to the comments section on previous updates, I am glad that the consensus agrees with many of my issues with the Civic. Honda themselves I believe have realized the need for change, with spy photos of an updated Civic recently coming to light. I hope that with this next generation Honda can return the Si to its rightful place amongst its sporting peers.
|Service life||11 months/18,654 miles|
|Average fuel economy||24.8 mpg|
|CO2 emissions||0.78 lb/mile|
|Energy consumption||136 kW-hr/100mi|
|Maintenance cost||$121.83 (2 x oil change, inspection; 1 x rotate tires)|