One of our cars got wrecked. I had to buy a new car a few years earlier than I had planned. I didn't feel like having a big car payment, so we took the insurance settlement, financed the bare minimum, and picked up a Honda Civic EX-L. So far, I really enjoy the car. It has a 5-speed slush box, so the engine revs relatively low at 60 mph. That makes for a much quieter car at cruising speeds. As far as features, it has just about everything our '07 Altima 3.5 SE has except: 1. Auto-dimming mirror 2. 6-disc CD Changer (in dash) 3. Power-adjusted seats 4. Climate control on the AC 5. Push-button start 6. 270+ hp V-6 engine that is smooth as butter and growls like a refined beast 7. CVT tranny 8. Traction control and some other stability control stuff (at least I don't think the Civic has those things) However, it is superior to the Altima in the following ways: 1. It is silver, so it won't need to be washed as often for cosmetic purposes. 2. It is rated at 25/36 mpg, and the Altima is at 22/28 (with a strong tailwind going downhill and me as the only occupant) 3. The instrumentation layout is superior, and the gauges are easier to see. 4. Buttons and switches just seem more solid. 5. It has a cargo net in the trunk. The stereo in the Civic doesn't measure up to the 10-speaker Bose rig in the Altima, that's for sure. However, I'll take the Honda's blue backlighting over the Altima's orangish stuff. Anyone else around here have to buy a car earlier than planned as of late?