I couldn't have asked for a better first car. My 98 LS coupe is PERFECT. The manual transmission really gets the most out of the power. With a stock engine, I'm side-by-side with a V6 car. It handles like a Porsche, and has the reliability that Honda is known for. Comes loaded with standard features such as: ABS, CD player, sunroof, and all power features. Great on gas, I've never paid more then $15.50 to fill from "E", and I usually only fill up once a week. Simply put, it's quick, handles great, inexpensive, reliable, loaded, fuel efficient, and fun to drive. Why buy anything else?
The power that the manual transmission utilizes, handling, styling, and reliability.
Better sound system. And though it has great power for a 1.8 liter, I'd like the power of the Type-R.