I purchased the Civic LX-S. The ride is solid, fuel great, and all those who complain about the engine noise must be mashing on the gas pedal at high speed. I only get load engine noise when hitting passing gear at high speeds on the highway. Better backseat room than an '07 325i BMW I tested and the passing gear in that gave loud engine noise too. All in all, I'll take the Honda. A great car for the price.