The Civic Si may not look like much when compared to Honda’s recent release of the Type R, but that definitely doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. Its a great option– to us, it might even be the epitome of the perfect daily driver.

Sporty, affordable, reliable, stick shift, and good on gas– what more could you want?

2017 Civic Si

The Si’s limited-slip differential, 12.3-inch rotors, 235/40/18 tires, and sport suspension with adjustable dampening make for quite the fun performer.

The 2017 model year brings with it an easily tunable 1.5-liter, direct-injected and turbocharged DOHC inline four with dual variable cam timing. The new setup pushes 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, put down through a short-throw shifter and 6-speed manual transmission.

2017 Civic Si

The Sedan boasts a couple more exterior updates when compared to the Coupe, including a new aggressive rear wing and single center-exit polygonal exhaust tip.

According to the release, the newest generation is dubbed “the most ambitious remake in the model’s 44-year history.”

When compared to its predecessor, both the peak horsepower and peak torque output are produced much earlier and are sustained over 70% of the engine’s rev range. Both the Coupe and Sedan lost some weight and, just like with the Type R, Honda has made some serious improvements to the Si chassis.

2017 Civic Si

The interior comes fitted with red-stitched bolstered sport seats, with the design carrying through to the doors and steering wheel, all the way down to the shift boot.

The 2017 model year Civic Si is currently making its way to dealers across the States. With a starting MSRP of $23,900, the Si proves itself as a great option for those in the market for a vehicle around the same price as a Ford Focus ST or Subaru BRZ.