I have about 3K miles on my car, and I love it. I recommend the upgrade to the EX-L, since most of my favorite features came with the upgrade. I saw no reason to spend $2k extra for navigation since you can get a good GPS for under $200 & you can always upgrade as the technology improves. I test drove the Kia Forte and Ford Focus. Both are also good cars, but the Civic felt more solid & I preferred its look. The expected resale value of the Civic sold me on the car and made it worthwhile to spend an extra $2K. The design is a little funky. It took me a few hundred miles to get used to the slanted windshield, almost non-existent hood, and interesting speedometer.
sunroof; heated leather seats; ipod usb input for stereo; steering wheel audio controls. oil change gauge. resale value. fuel economy.
it's kind of nit-picking on a great, overall car: stronger stereo; better transmission; better pickup; less road noise; better tires.