SEATTLE -- The compact Civic is in its fifth generation, and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. has answered the clamor for the hot-engined "Si" hatchback body style absent when the fifth-generation car was introduced for '01. As usual, the Civic Si hatchback is a study in contrast. Just the way its enthusiasts like it. It's pint-sized but potent; all new but firmly rooted in the time-honored hatchback tradition; dynamic inside but underwhelming outside. These divergent outcomes aren't surprising ...

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