I liked my 1997 so much I bought a new 2006 CRV and I love it. It was between the CRV and RAV4 and I decided on the CRV. Honda was willing to deal on the price and I got it below invoice. The 2006 is comfortable, roomy, practical and the engine is "peppier" (the only real knock I had with my old one.) My gas mileage has been between 23-27 as on the sticker. It feels like a substantial, quality vehicle.
More powerful engine, passenger seat armrest, single rear door.
Variable intermittent wipers, radio controls closer to driver. I liked the old folding rear seats because they gave a larger flat surface in the cargo area.