My first car was a 90 Civic hatchback, so it's been interesting comparing the similarities and differences. Much easier to enter/exit, more useable space, much more power (even with auto). Having a small child, the rear seat height and tall roof make it relatively easy to put him in and out of the car seat. Took looong roadtrip with my wife and child and enjoyed the comfort of "relax mode" even with the trunk full of stuff. Great highway mileage (37-40), but city mileage has been lackluster for such a small car (23-26). So far, that has been my biggest gripe.
Flexibility of seat configurations, highway mileage, radio, 5-speed auto w/ paddle shifters, exterior appearance, high seating position and airy feeling in front, maintenance minder, cruise availability
Improved city mileage, interior fuel and hatch releases, don't like having to buy Sport model to get cruise, cheap headliner, weak glovebox latch, lack of dead pedal
Total let down, everyone told me how great Honda is and I bought it. My friend picked up a golf and it is wayyy better. This cars just feels cheap. It looked kinda cool at first but after taking it all in I see that there cars are not as good as the rest of the honda line up
I like the hatch back layout. car is going to be alot more fun in the summer
avoid, this car if you can, resale value will not be high.