I bought this car in Feb. 2003 and I have to say that it is by far the best purchase I made. I use it every day to go to work, averaging 28 mpg (hwy + city). After over 100,000 mi I cannot complain of anything worth mentioning. The interior is simple and yet functional, Overall, a great car.
iVTEC engine - in my opinion the best engine in its class. Overall car reliability.
The design for the front of the car (subjective) - Actually Honda modified it in later years, but destroyed the back in the process (again subjective)