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You might get a kick out of this review: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2017/09/2017-honda-civic-si-civic-maximus/

2 sample paragraphs here below. He's comparing the SI to the R.

"Civic Si is eminently superior to its more celebrated Type R sibling because it adheres strictly to Victor Wooten’s advice. The Type R attempts to supersize its platform’s basic capabilities to the point where it can do battle with everything from rally-reps to ponycars, but the Si pursues the much cheaper, much less ambitious path of being simply the best Civic possible."

"The Civic Si, by contrast, has virtually no effective competition at the price of $23,900 plus destination. It contains no hyper-valuable consumables and the engine will probably outlast Taylor Swift’s career. Fuel economy is, frankly, staggering — my test car averaged 38.7 mpg over its short lifetime of urban commuting and my test loop mileage was better than 36 mpg despite long periods of full-throttle operation. Expect it to wear like iron and retain value like a Krugerrand. The day you list it for sale, the resulting email flood will temporarily break the Internet."
 

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I wouldn't pay 45k CAD for a Type R. So I got the Si instead. And it has nothing to do with being able to afford it, I was 1 day away from taking delivery on a 50k dollar Wrangler, which I backed out of at the last second thank god lol.
 

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For some reason those links aren't working for me, but the deciding factor for each model is cost and the kind of performance you really need. I'd love a Type R because reviewers seem to love its performance, but I realize my driving habits won't bring out its full potential and it'd just be a waste of money.
 

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I wouldn't pay 45k CAD for a Type R. So I got the Si instead. And it has nothing to do with being able to afford it, I was 1 day away from taking delivery on a 50k dollar Wrangler, which I backed out of at the last second thank god lol.
We have gone all these generations happy with Si's so I can see a lot of people going the same route as you. Personally I was never disappointed with any generation Si, all were more than sufficient for street application.
 

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As 4Tires said, link seems broken. But I think most will agree the Si is the better buy for most. The majority of people opting for the Type R bought it just to say they own one. They made owning one more valuable by only having a select few for sale. My dealer only got one in stock and it was sold almost instantly. $10,000 above MSRP BTW.

Honestly, for the price, I would get a WRX STI with AWD. But I'm happy I stuck with Honda and saved $15,000. The Si is more than anybody needs for daily driving.
 

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I disagree with this to a point

Ok I literally bought a 2017 SI put 1500 miles in it and just bought a 2018 type r. The si is a very nice car great daily driver. It is wasn’t about status for me. It wasn’t about superior tracking abilities. It was the power. I wanted to mod the si constantly and reframed the type r was done for me. The clutch has so much more feel the overall things I probably dont necessarily need but the car is undoubtably an entirely different beast. I’ve been out the game for quite sometime but I owned a few different cars. One being a 2005 sti with over 400 awhp. Married have kids so I wasn’t looking for something crazy. It’s just to me the si didn’t have enough power. I can switch from first to second on a wot pull and it effortlessly doesn’t dip down to low in the Rpms. For some weird reason I could switch gears and keep the revs high Enough to keep the si from bogging down. If that makes since. I didn’t understand why Honda couldn’t have put a detuned version of the 2.0t with a better clutch feel. This is just my opinion I know many will disagree and I am a newb to the forum but opinions are what makes us all different I guess.
 
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