So how do you like your wasabi — hot or extra hot? That is the choice you are confronted with when you make the decision on whether the Honda Civic Si or Civic Type R will be the car to grace your garage. Frankly, choosing between these two vehicles is an excellent problem to have, something like choosing which knockout cheerleader you’re going to take to the prom. You can’t go wrong here; you can only go right or righter.
One of the biggest questions to answer is not how much you like each of these very worthy pocket rockets but instead how much you like $10,000 — because in nice round numbers, that is the difference in price between a typical Civic Si and a typical Civic Type R. Not that either is typical of the compact-car class as a whole, mind you. We’ll get into that next.