Si sedan turns up the heat

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With weather warming up again in a month or two, Honda's getting the jump by having some hot new cars ready to match the rising thermometer.

That's because the company has introduced a Civic Si four-door sedan to go with its peppery Civic Si Coupe.

It's powered by the same engine that propels the coupe, a 2.0 liter 197 horsepower. Prices have not been released, but the car is rated at 23 city/32 highway mpg.

The 2007 Honda Civic Si.
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The Si four door sedan has the same two-tiered instrument panel that includes a rev-limit indicator light. Deeply contoured bucket seats hold passengers and driver firmly into place. Tilt and telescope steering wheel is standard, along with a 60/40 split folding rear seat and countless other items.

Like all Hondas, the Si comes with extensive safety features for this year, including traction and stability control and Honda's new ACE body structure for enhanced front crash protection. For aesthetic value, the Si models have a new darker alloy wheel color, aero body cladding and low profile rear spoiler.

The Civic also gets a natural gas powered version based on the LX trim level. It's available to customers from qualifying Honda dealers in California and New York. It comes with a 1.8 liter dedicated natural gas four-cylinder engine, putting out about 113 horsepower. Purchasers of this car can qualify for a $4,000 federal tax credit. Prices for these cars have not yet been announced.



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