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2012 Honda Civic Si vs. 1999 Honda Civic Si

Posted in Car Reviews, General, Honda, Import, Import Review, Import Rides, Rides by MrAngry | June 18th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

2012 Honda Civic Si

Back in 1984 my father bought a brand new Nissan/Datsun 300zx. He got this sucker fully loaded with dark gray leather interior, t-tops, top of the line stereo and the full pimp-o-matic digital dash. In stock form it was equipped with a 160 hp V6 and a 124 mph top speed. Not too shabby for back in the day, but pretty dismal by today’s standards. Today’s Nissan 370z makes 332 hp and has a limited top speed of 155 mph. It also comes with enough airbags to turn the car into a canolli if need be, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes as well as just about every other safety device that’s known to man. It’s better in every way possible than the old 300zx of yesteryear, yet when I recently drove the new 370z I couldn’t help but think our old one was more fun. Maybe it was because of the great memories I had in that car, or the fact that it didn’t have any safety nannies on board, or maybe, just maybe, it was in fact a better driving experience all together. Recently Edmund’s Inside Line pitted a 2012 Honda Civic Si against a 1999 Honda Civic Si to ask the question; does 12 years of automotive advancements and technology really make for a better car? Their findings may surprise you.

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3 Responses

  1. Taylor says:

    It goes back to the less is more argument.

    I owned a first gen CRX about ten or so years ago. That thing was ragged, had about 150K on the clock and to the best of my knowledge, everything but the tires, oil and gas was factory original. But gear for gear that car was always able to put a smile on my face.

    I’ve driven cars that I’ve liked better overall but I’ve never owned a car that has given me that level of enjoyment on the road.

  2. Cac says:

    I agree, while the new Si is a well designed car, it clearly lacks that pure automotive experience that you would find in an older generation Si. The new Si would be a significant upgrade in terms of a daily driver’s car, but for the b-roads and that smile on your face driving, I would pick the EK9 Si any day!

  3. I watched the vid. I think older cars can surely perform as good as new ones and perhaps even be more fun to drive such as the older Honda Civic here. However, I personally prefer newer cars because I think the safety features are more advanced for sure in terms of engineering, more advanced airbags (that deploy in several stages, some can detect your height) ESC etc. I also tend to like anything that’s “new” just because it’s new; so I admit I prefer newer cars.