I have experience with CVTs, my Civic hybrid uses a CVT too. CVTs have better fuel economy as compared to regular automatics from my experience.
There is not much choice in PKDM vehicles, you either get a Civic or a Corolla that's it, whereas if you go for something JDM, you can get a Corolla Axio, Premio, Prius, Insight etc. PDKM cars don't have good build quality nor do they have any safety features (my Civic hybrid as 8 airbags and VSA for that matter). Only the PKDM Civic comes with 2 airbags but no VSA. JDM vehicles have lots more features and better drive than any PKDM car.
I may look into the 9th gen PKDM Civic if I don't find a good JDM car though.
Premio and Axio are basically in the same price bracket, from 15-20 lacs usually. Does a Premio have better resale than a Corolla Axio? Is it better for long term use?