I bought this car new when I was in college. Now, 10 years later and with a good job I still love it. Everyone I work with drives new SUVs, luxury sedans, or sport cars, but I enjoy driving my Civic. It has a solid feel, responsive handling, acceptable accelleration, and I like the styling (much less cheap looking than the new Civics). Plus, I don't feel nervous parking in D.C. or driving over potholes.
Solid feel. Excellent gas milage (I get 35 to 40mpg!). Surprisingly large cargo space. Reliable.