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.
I have had this car for 5 months, great economy, not a pleasure to drive. The visibility on right side is none, you can't sit high enough to judge how close you are. Please when going up a hill stay in right lane, there is no power to pass or accelerate. The car is very low, can bottom out easy. I also get back aches from driving long distances. But it is what it is good on fuel. I will be heading to Florida soon, that will tell the story.
The electronic dash, keeps you informed.
Typical Honda, does not lend to creature comfort. In fact my kid got a small Dodge AWD , small SUV seats way more comfortable.
I bought this car due to its non- cliche styling, reliability, and performance. I love the way it rides, handles, quietness and the overall uniqueness. I was caught between the Corolla and it was a great revamp but it looked to cliche "family" type, the horsepower never changed, and the interior looked ehh, boring. It took me awhile to get use to the clunking when out and putting in gear... the dealer told me the brakes are magnetic or so. Although, for 140 horses it has a lot of go especially on overdrive but I think a lil more pep should be added. Anyways I love the car -- it was a great deal and I get compliments and looks because it's just different from the rest.
Dash, suspension, handling, controls and VERY spacious than Toyota or Hyundai. It's quiet on the freeway and city driving.
Although there is some small issues with some of the paneling rattling or loose plastics... it's no biggy cuz it's a solid structure. The speakers on it may need to be changed, it sounds a bit cheap. The ONLY annoying part of it is the head rest for the driver and the passenger... it's a bit angled much.
For just under 22K in 2008 when they first came out (it's a 2009 remember), this car has been great! It's a sedan; so a family car that I have gotten up to 32mpg in! Five people can be worked out and 4 can be comfortable in the race-inspired seats. The seats go with the sweet interior, great sound system, almost heads up display, and all the buttons on the steering wheel. But it's also a race car! Stiffened suspension on the 17's and a 200hp engine work well to make a very fun practical car that's great for everyday!
The power in a family sedan is great! The interior is all race inspired, and the 6 speed gearbox. Also the sneak attack of this almost plain looking civic when all 200hp burst forth with a roar in the vtec range!
18's as option for stock, something more than a wing and si logo to tell it apart from other cars