I worked for a Honda dealership for several years and this was by far the employee choice of car. When buying a gen 1 CR-V, installing the passenger side armrest is a MUST. For $50, why wouldn't you want your passengers comfy?!? I can load anything into my CR-V from furniture to a christmas tree and I can even haul a small U-Haul with it. Unload everything, flip the seats up and you can parallel park it anywhere. With today's gas prices it is a great choice and my favorite Honda.
Versatility!! Everyone says that this isn't a REAL 4WD, but I have been off-road in it quite a few times. Everyone laughs until I go trucking right thru the bogs and bouncing over the ruts and get to the camping or dive site of my choice. Score one for the Honda!!
Center console should hold CD jewel cases, keyless entry should be standard on all models, not an option I had to add.