I just leased my Civic LX. The dealer quoted me at $17,200, but I'm still in school and have only a sort of steady job--wanted to buy really badly, but basically my financial situation can't really handle it right now. I'm happy with the lease. Not sure how I'll feel three years from now, if I'll want a faster car, a more luxurious car, etc.
Definitely test drive both cars. I'm a huge Honda fan personally, so I'll tell you to get the Civic obviously haha. Mine is a sedan with manual transmission, and there's nothing like the feeling of a great Honda stick. The interior is super roomy, (I'm 6 foot and 220lbs), REALLY tech updated with a base model including USB, i-Mid, and steering wheel controls and just LOOKS COOL, the exterior is looking pretty slick and nice especially from profile..but these are just my opinions. You won't really know until you test drive the car. It has a peppy engine, although acceleration isn't really so great until you bust into the higher RPM ranges. I've only had the car barely a week, but I'm used to the drive. It has a relatively smooth and quiet ride...but I haven't taken it really fast or anything.
Overall, I gotta say I'm really happy with my decision on the car. It's my first one (I'm only 19) and I'm definitely glad that it's a Civic. As for the 2013 models, I know they're slated for a FALL release, which will mean August-October, but my dealer told me that it's not changed much. I don't trust car salesmen haha, no offense to anybody who is one, it's just they seem shady sometimes.
Let us know what you decide! Remember to test drive a whole bunch. I hit up three different dealers before I went to lease my car at a fourth.