I traded in a 2003 Accord for the Civic Hybrid because of mileage and safety. I had a Civic as my starter car 25 years ago and how it has changed! Very comfortable (leather would have been OK but I guess treehuggers don't want animal skins). Rides great and I am having fun learning gas saving techniques. So far 44 mpg. Handles great, nice suspension, I still giggle when the engine just shuts off at a stop.
SAFETY, SAFETY, and mileage
Leather (see above), exterior color choice although I like my Magnetic Pearl