This car was bought for my 17 year old son, no regrets yet. We feared it might be "too fast" for him, but it's perfect. The car is just quick enough to be extremely fun, not fast enough to be too dangerous. The car handles flawlessly, looks great, and is a HUGE improvement over the 06 models (fixed a lot of common first-year problems, trac. control added). The car holds its value better than a regular civic, and ohh soo fun to drive!
Great resale (not a feature, duh), 6 airbags standard, trac. control, 8200 RPM redline, EASILY modified, looks amazing inside and out, handles MUCH better than base civics in the snow (thank you LSD!), and is extremely cheap for what it has packed in it (got it for 200 over invoice).
Move the e-brake, it gets in the way. Make the doors more quality material, scratches easily. No probs yet but the paint in very thin. A supercharged or turbocharged option would do well to contend with the redline/SS cobalt/mazdaspeed 3, etc.