The Civic is of course a very popular car. We see them on the road all the time. There is a reason for this. They are just good cars that do everything pretty well. Are there similar priced cars with more horsepower? Yes. Are there similar priced cars with rear disc brakes??? Sure. But I find that this car is as close as a economy car gets to not really feeling like an economy car. With a manual trans you can work the engine a bit which like most hondas is weak on the low end but better in the higher revs. Suits my style of driving fine which is a bit more spirited than average. Was mad about the crap Firestones that were OE but changed them to Bf Goodrich Traction TAs - big improvement!
Perfect ergonomics. From day one everything felt 100% intuitive and where it should be. Solid clutch and smooth shifter. More 'refined' feel than competitors. Great fuel economy about 33mpg mostly city driving. I actually like the seats and driving position more than some.
Tinny sounding Cd player radio. A 17,000 dollar car should have 4 wheel discs (but braking is pretty good anyways) Tires are crap and they should be bigger. Not thrilled with the redesign of the suspension especially the rear. Should offer Si engine in coupe and hatch style with the 127 Vtec.