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Honda Civic Si, 2013: Coupe or sedan, it’s a sports car (video)

With the 2013 Honda Civic Si, there’s no transmission choice. The coupe and sedan only have a six-speed manual transmission option, which is a good thing. It further complements the once basic, competent Civic in its transition into its current sports car-like coupe or sedan.

My weekly driver was the 2-door, 4-seat coupe. In addition to 17-inch wheels, the re-tweaked Civic has a new front grille, a new rear design and a host of other more subtle upgrades, including better-constructed seats. The more handsome sculpted design is matched with a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder, 201 horsepower engine.

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Driving the 2013 Civic is surprising since its personality — handling to acceleration — is more like its upscale relative, Acura. Which makes a lot of sense; the new Civic engine is a transplant from an Acura TSX.

The 2013 Civic Si has a healthy collection of standard and optional features, the former list including a rear view camera to a sunroof and a seven-speaker sound system to leather-wrapped steering wheel and fog lights. My weekly driver featured the options of XM Radio, navigation system and summer tires.

The new Honda Civic Si is grouped in a buying segment that includes the performance-oriented Volkswagen GTI, MINI Cooper S and Subaru Impreza WRX. It’s a competitive cast.

Videographer Bruce Aldrich, publisher of www.tahoetruckeeoutdoor.com, and I review the 2013 Honda Civic Si below:

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