The things that set the Civic apart is its gas economic situation - all versions have combined mpgs of between 29 - 45 mpg, they scored strong on all the federal government collision tests and they were built with quite roomy interiors for such tiny vehicles!
The Honda Civic was the Little Compact Vehicle Darling of the 70s and 80s up until competitors began to ramp up in the type of Toyota's, Mazda's as well as a plethora of Hyundai's as well as Fords !! The Civic initially came on the scene in 1973. It was economical, rated strong for security and also enticed a great deal of frugally minded customers. Competitors isn't really constantly bad; it kept Honda refining and resculpting the Civic over all these years.