It's been very reliable. I've had no trouble whatsoever, even with the harsh winter we had. Workmanship is above standard. Peppy 1.6 liter engine and very gas efficient, which is a plus considering gas is averaging $2.20 a gal. around my area. This car rides tight and rattle-free, great for a small car. Make sure you get a Civic that's Honda certified, this way you won't wind up with a car that's been "upgraded" with aftermarket add- ons by some mechanic wanna-be.
Radio antenna is integrated in rear window, no more fumbling at car wash. CD player is great. Cupholders, yes the cupholders. And the split fold down rear seat for more room when you need it.
The engine could use more torque to catch up with the 127HP. I paid some big bucks for this little car with the extended warranty and what not, but I think it's worth it.