Hi John, your wife has been doing her homework. Honda themselves say that the 2017 Civic was designed to capture the under thirty years old demographic. It has actually had it’s seating position lowered (at a time when a lot of manufacturers are raising theirs), and it was already far too low down for me in the previous model. Having said that, I know a guy who is just ordering his third Honda Civic and he’s almost seventy years of age.
As always it’s a personal choice, but do make sure you can climb out of it! lol.