I have a 1997 Honda Del Sol and have owned 2 Preludes and I have to say that Honda delivers what others do not and that is a quality car with great handling and performance (more than the hp might suggest) for the money. I was hesitant to consider the new Civic after having had an older model as a loaner when getting my Del Sol worked on and I found it to be flimsy and loud but this new generation Civic is a charmer! I went to the dealership to try out the new Honda Fit as a supplemental car to my Del Sol which has over 100K miles on it and test drove the Civic, too, and fell in love. So far, I've only had it a week but find the ride quality and performance to be great!
Exterior restyle (rear end), excellent gas mileage, peppy & zippy, quiet ride and sporty feel.
Got the Automatic but would love to have an automatic with a tiptronic shifter - this car begs for one.