Leased a 2009 LX CR-V for my wife, who up until this point had driven 5 Chevy Trailblazers over the past 15 years. I'm 6'5" and am very impressed with the interior space - both as a driver and front seat passenger. For a 4cyl w/165hp, this thing is fun to drive. We were looking for an AWD vehicle with ample cargo space and the Honda fit the bill. Compared it to the Ford Flex and Chevy Equinox. The fact that Honda had sharp lease deals played a role, but the overall ratings and reviews for the CR-V put it over the top. We've had the car < 1 week, so this is obviously a first impression --- so far, we are very happy.
Interior leg / head room. Back seat configuration (kids love the reclining feature).
Give in and add the cargo shelf to the LX model (can't be that big of an expense).