If you care, the Honda Civic is Motor Trend's Car of the Year (e90 lost)
We actually test drove one when gas prices were at $3/gallon.
It's a great car on paper. 30 mpg city (or 50 w/hybrid), six airbags, probably the cheapest, safest, most reliable car you can buy.
Only problem is that is has no soul. We did not test the Si, but that is not as appealing ($$-wise).
Good car for your kid or for when gas prices hit $5 gallon.