Driven the car to San Diego from Bayarea and to Reno. Gas mileage 33- 37 MPG is comparable to Civic Hybrid 41 MPG (had 04'Hybrid). Do not bother to purchase Civic hybrid cos it will not get even close to 45 MPG let alone 50 MPG. Sold it and bought yr 2000 for the better power and better driving experience than my other 4-dr 01' EX. Not sure bout Civic EX 2002-2008 version of Civic.
EX power & heavier/smooth handling feel than 01' EX. Interior design superior than 01' except it doesn't have an immobilizer.
Poor noise-insulation from road/exterior. May 1 2 consider anther car for long distance drive. Careful w/ seat belt. Was faulty due to faulty unable-to-release-retractor while driving in the desert;had to cut the belt as it tighten. Paid $300 to replace; should have been taken care by Honda manufacturer