I just bought an 04 Civic EX. I had owned other Hondas but for a period of time owned an 03 Mazda Protege then an 05 Hyundai Santa Fe. The Civic I have now runs & drives flawlessly and is solid when it comes to handling. I don't worry like I did with the other cars when I see gas go up. The moral of the story is if you've been a Honda owner especially for a while and are thinking of something else, stick with what you know. You just can't go wrong with these vehicles.
The best of both worlds - is very affordable to own & easy to maintain but truly has an up-scale look to it. It drives GREAT. Easy to read gauges, overall very comfortable to be in and of course, great gas mileage.
Acceleration could be just a tad bit better; it's ok but a little extra wouldn't hurt - I'm planning on adding a cool air intake to address this. Headlights could be tad brighter - planning on adding HIDs.