Step, push, lift; step, pull, lift. Like walking, you find a rhythm driving the 2017 Honda Civic Si, even while furiously rowing its stubby, metal-trimmed gear selector and pumping the feather-light clutch.
Like other Honda shifters, the one controlling this reborn performance compact’s manual transmission is a piece of art. Light and precise, it glides from gate to gate, seemingly devoid of any friction, making it an absolute pleasure to use. There’s also a constant-mesh, helically cut reverse gear that eliminates the annoying whine Hondas used to make while backing up.
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