My current daily driver is a 2010 Honda Civic Si Sedan. Purchased in July of 2015 with 45,000 miles, the Civic Si is not what I was originally after. At the time I was obsessed with the Focus RS, which I still love. But it was still over a year from being released. So I started to look for a first generation Acura TSX. I knew I wanted a bit more of a grown up car, but when it came down to it I wasn’t ready to break up with Honda. The TSX is a great car especially with a manual transmission.
An email from a friend that worked at Audi Bellevue would change everything. He sent me a link to the car and I was in. Not really a fan of the aesthetics of the 8th generation Civic overall, but certain colors especially with the 2009 face lift look good. Black, in my opinion, is the best color on the 8th generation Civic.
Aesthetics aside, I’ve always been a fan of driving the 2006-2011 Honda Civic Si. A high-revving (8k RPM) 2.0 liter with 200 horsepower mated to a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission with a limited slip differential (LSD). Under the hood of the sleek 2,800 lb sedan body, it creates a fun driving experience unlike anything else. Is the car fast? Nope. I would get walked on by Subarus regularly when I was living in Seattle. BUT, get the car on a nice windy road, or a curved on-ramp, or simply just drive the car reliably anywhere, like a 5,000 mile road trip from Seattle to Atlanta- and you’ll understand why it’s such a great car.
The warranty expired a few months ago and the car recently rolled 100,000 miles. Will I keep it forever? Doubtful. But I do love the car. I’ve by far put more miles on this car than any other I’ve ever owned. And I have no intention of getting rid of it anytime soon. It’s been a rock in my life and allowed me to do a lot over the last couple of years. If you get the chance to drive one, do it!