Civic is a good commuter car with great gas mileage, decent handling, and pleasant design.
Fuel economy is about 32 mpg, not the 28-38 estimated by EPA but it is still very good.
Due to their "sport" design, the seats are extremely unergonomic and thus uncomfortable, especially if you have back problems. You will not notice the discomfort on the test drive, but you will suffer in everyday driving. Interior quality is poor and it still rattles despite two repairs by Honda.