It took quite some time for Honda to finally bring a Civic Type R to the US, but when it did, Americans were left staring down one of the best driver’s cars in ages. It quickly launched itself to near-deity status among Honda fans and critics alike. So, where could Honda possibly go from there? For the 2020 model year, the automaker did some nipping and tucking that, in nearly every way, somehow made this already-great hot hatch even better.
- Outstanding driving dynamics
- Best shift linkage in the industry
- Proper daily livability
- Polarizing styling
- No heated seats
- Sound synthesizer is just the worst
The biggest gripe I hear about the Civic Type R, regardless of model year, focuses on its hyperstylized aesthetics. There’s no getting around how garish this five-door is, because no matter the angle, your eyes will gravitate to yet another oddball vortex generator, dive plane or intake duct. While some of the vents are, in fact, largely for show, there is a fair bit of actual engineering tucked away in here. In the 2020