I was looking to downsize from a Honda Odyssey to something that could still haul a bicycle but was easier to park and maneuver. So I tried out a Mazda5 which was nice but claustrophobic feeling. The CR-V felt more open and cheerful inside. If you are looking for a cushy ride, this is not the car for you, however, if you want sports car type handling, this is it. The steering is light, direct and quick. The transmission shifts very smoothly and easily engages a lower gear without having to mash the pedal to the floor. To me, this is the Mazda Miata of SUV's. My fuel economy so far has averaged just over 25mpg and that is with 40-50% highway driving.
Handling, steering, trip computer showing mpg average, compass direction, miles to empty, etc. Also the roomy cabin, seat comfort, speed sensitive radio volume, gas filler door on the driver's side, easily accessible dipstick.
Rides a bit rough on all but the smoothest roads (perhaps due to the junky Bridgestone tires). Could use a few more storage cubbies (the only place to store CD's is the glovebox). Keyless entry/ignition would be nice.