Honda is promoting the lower hip point in the Civic, to bolster the Civic's sporting credentials, and try and connect to a youth demographic. For those of us who are younger, and looking for a sportier driving experience, the lower seating position is great.
But the average Civic driver is not young and is not looking for a sportier experience. For those that are older, the lower seating position makes ingress/egress more difficult, and for those of us that are shorter, the lower seating position makes it harder to see out of the car. This latter point is especially relevant when you consider the Civic's higher beltline, like most cars released in the past few years.
While I understand why Honda lowered the hip point, I see this potentially turning away many elderly, shorter, and/or disabled customers who may be considering a Civic.
If you want a sportier Civic, buy one with a manual trans, or wait for the Si or Type-R, IMO.