We traded in my 02 Maxima for this car. We needed less payments and more fuel economy and that's exactly what we got. Does it have the power to blow past people like the maxima, no but it has good pick up and I guess if you wanted to add some mods it would be able to do that. It's fun, very roomy for a sub compact and the side airbags make me feel like my wife is better protected. Good car for the cost, we only have 300 miles on it so reliabbility still stands to be seen but Honda has a good reputation.
the dash has a nice layout and the headlights are bright
The EX is more money but with all the extras it might be worth it. Wheels, Sunroof, cup holder in the back, trunk release on the key and radio controls on the wheel. Out of those the only one I wish the LX had were wheels but I can buy them myself for less then the deal would charge.