The impression I got from both SavageGeese and Redline was that both of these two reviewers had owned civics in the past. Each has their own biases, and Redline seemed to take the "VTEC gone and no power gain? WTF Honda?" mentality. SavageGeese may have a nostalgia bias, where anything Honda Civic is Gold. Redline from what I could tell took the car at face value, whereas SavageGeese actually took the Si to the track and drove the car, stating something along the lines of, "30 seconds in and already you can tell this is the fastest Civic Si ever built."Funny, Redline put the SI as one of the worst cars of 2017. Love SavageGeese btw.
The SI is mentioned @ 11:00.
I havent driven all of those cars, but from research and some first hand experience I would rank all those cars listed from best to worst as such strictly on fun factor and drivability:There's a huge number of cars for 29,999 or less nowadays that are fun to drive and each have a distinct flavor so there really is something for everyone. It is a great time to be a petrolhead.
Cars that come to mind:
Mini Cooper S
I'm sure there's plenty I'm forgetting.