My parents bought the '06 Civic for my sister in '05. From my driving experience, the car handles way better than my '07 Camry. What catches my attention the most is the low fuel consumption. My sister now lives in San Diego and she gets some pretty darn good MPGs when driving back to LA (averaging 35 MPG highway). The Civic may not be the speedy type (hence if you do want speed, check out the sporty Si), but getting from point A to a far away point B, it gets the job done saving you lots of money while you laugh at all the other gas guzzling SUVs.
I don't know why people complain about the digital speedometer...it's pretty nice in my opinion, MP3/WMA playback, fuel economy, oil life meter, exterior design
Lumbar support would be nice, lacks an overhead console, awkward gas pedal, stereo doesn't pack a punch, needs a gas lid holder, no remote-open trunk lid (c'mon! It's an LX model afterall!)