I checked out virtually all compacts
available on market when I purchased.
Civic sub-compact faster than all
compacts! Great in comfort, no-brainer
purchase at time. Only one major
repair done, they say it was dirty
gas, not sure, valve stuck open.
Otherwise, no problems. Gas mileage is
great, hardly ever hit the pumps. Get
this, battery is original going on 9
years! It doesn't take much to start a
sewing machine! I recommend '96 and
above, because by then you have side-
impact beams for safety. That was my
only hesitation on original purchase.
Quick speed (5-speed), can really rev
motor for fun on ramp speed. Can dodge
virtually anything in roads, because
car is somewhat narrow. Trunk is large
even though car seems small. Mileage
is great 38-40 range.
Insulate for road noise would be nice,
but might impact gas mileage. Might be
well to buy quiet tires as compromise.