wrcowboy 5pts Thank you, Mr.McCausland, for the nice words about the Civic. I bought a new Civic EX sedan April 24. While it doesn't handle as sharply as the Fit I drove the same day (mom bought it instead!), it was an improvement on my 09 Malibu trade-in. In fact,it was superior. The air conditioning was ice cold within 5 minutes, a feat the Malibu failed during the 2012 summer's miserable 108 temps. The seats are comfortable and nicely finished. The visibility all around is outstanding, also a Malibu sore point. The gas mileage from Oklahoma to Kansas was 41.8, exceeding the EPA rating and the Malibu's best of 31.9. The Malibu also had an oil leak, which my local dealer couldn't pinpoint.Yes, the Civic dash is hard & odd. But it doesn't have the balky transmission and My Ford touch so many have complained about. The Cruze driven at last year's KC car show didn't drive as well & wasn't as comfortable.Yes, the Civic is not like some of its competition. Given high gas prices,it's still a great value & a fine car.