Purchased the Civic based on its reputation above all else. Wanted a reliable, fuel-efficient, decent sized starter car. To this point it has not disappointed. It has a fairly roomy interior (can comfortably fit 4 people who are under 6 feet tall). The dashboard design is useful with the mph gauge sitting above the rpm gauge--have had no problems with it. If anything, it is more convenient because your eyes barely have to glance down to see your speed. I have been getting mileage along the lines expected: 28ish city/traffic driving and 36ish highway. The drive and handling is smooth enough, but I'm no expert on that.
Auxiliary input is phenomenal. My iPod connects right into stereo with audio cable ($10-15 at Best Buy)--no more feedback from overriding radio stations. Back seat dropping down is great (was able to easily slide in 40" TV and 8 foot 2x4's). Naturally, getting good gas mileage is fun.
Cruise control is a little weak--barely use it because it goes into overdrive when climbing almost any hills. Engine often tends to get stuck in high gear for local driving and revs over 2000 rpms while coasting downhill. Remote trunk release would be a nice addition for LX model.