I've had this car now for 12 years and 420,000 miles later and can safely say it's been a rock. Other than routine maintenance and replacing a clutch one time (@ 270,000 mi), it just keeps running and the performance is the same as the day I got it. I one upped the tire size to 205/55r-15s (looks and rides better and you get far better tread-life (I get an avg of 60k miles on ea set).
Utility of the hatch, 30+ mpg, performance, handling, low cost of maintenance.
Placement of oil filter on the Honda/Acura 4 cyl. engines makes it somewhat of a pain to change the oil (but, doable).