Looks like Honda's got its Mojo back!
About the award: I don't see Honda as actually having any competition here. Well, that Shelby was pretty awesome, and the Miata would have been fun too... The Volt looks kind of ... bland, and the Prius is uh, challenging to my eyes... but it would have been my second choice. The Prius had a goal, to drive better while delivering even better fuel economy, and by all reports it achieved it. Looking good, or even not ugly, was not one of the goals, unfortunately. Still, I'd drive one.
But do the math: 2016 Civic/2015 Civic > 2016 Prius/2015 Prius.
The Civic had a goal too, what with benchmarking the Audi A3, and it achieved it very handily. Congrats Honda, an award well deserved. Now where's my Turbo DCT hatch?