Bought the Civic LX-s because I liked the combination of features that it had for the price. The interior looked much better than the EX, with the Si seats, leather wrapped wheel. Audio is a little weak, but it can be enhanced easily with aftermarket. Only filled up once and with a combination of city and hwy, got 30 mpg. Road noise is a little more than I expected, but ok. Instrument display is great, handling is quick and acceleration is what you should expect for this class. Interesting to note that the Civic is now just about as big as the previous Accord that we had (1993), although it weighs a lot less.
Interior, exterior styling. Overall build quality. Solid handling. Very good mpg for a non-hybrid. Just plain fun to drive.