I traded a beat down 97 blazer for my 93 civic coupe. The car has 230,000 miles and still runs strong. It has the 1.6 vtec and a 5 speed manual.
It's slow and it's ugly but it gets 35 mpg. The handling is amazing though. My civic is lowered a couple inches and has a little negative camber and you can throw it into some corners at fairly high speeds.
It's no hot rod but it gets me where i need to go.
My favorite feature is the handling... it's great. The car also has enough room for my 4 year old to sit comfortably in the back.
It could stand to be faster. I may just be corrupted by the numerous camaros and firebirds I've owned though.