I had thought used Hondas were overpriced. Then I got lucky and found a '95 EX coupe/automatic that was a bargain. Now I gladly pay the premium to buy Honda. Civics are well designed, well built. The EX is sporty, economical, reliable. If I were to give this car a report card, it would get all A's, with the one glaring weakness being very poor traction in the snow (special compound snow tires addressed that issue). In sum, the only way you can go wrong buying a used Civic is to overpay for it.
handling, reliability, fuel economy.
snow traction in Civics is inferior for a front wheel drive car, even with all season tires.