Consumer Reports rates the best value small cars, and our new Honda Civic EX is at the top of the list. They get their “value” rating by combining CR’s five-year owner cost estimates, the overall road-test scores from their comprehensive test program, and their predicted-reliability ratings. As a new owner, I’d say this is right on. The EX has some nice features that the base Civic didn’t have, but the price isn’t much higher than the base model. And it has all the expected attributes of the Civic; good fuel economy, 5-star safety all around, excellent reliability – and fun to drive.