For a number of reasons, I've ended up driving round in a black brand new (500 miles old) CRV for the last week, so I thought I'd post up some thoughts
First up, the important bits - the toys!
CRV gets all the same toys as the Civ - S/N, HFT, power mirrors, cruise, mp3 , auto lights and wipers etc etc. It also gets the double sunroof. Standard EX doesn't get HIDs though, these are only available on the EX with the Advanced Safety Pack (more on that later). It does get a rear
Power mirrors work the same as on the Civ, ie only with ignition on. But they fold in a LOT faster.
Sat Nav is identical, except that it is touch screen, not dial controlled. Screen seems a bit clearer (brighter?) though.
Reverse Cam is a LOT better! Brighter, sharper, and perhaps most important, it works within split seconds of turning the car on, rather than having to wait for 10seconds or so.
MP3 player also takes an SD card (but I didn't try that)
When on Audio (not s/n) you get a funky 'graphic equaliser style' background, or a random pulsey dotty thing, or blank.
Other option is to just display the clock (in 3 styles).
Didn't think to try my MP3 CD in it to see what it did with track listings
EX gets electric driver's seat (with lumber support) and both front seats get individual arm rests.
Electric windows don't squeak
(though don't know if they would after 20K miles)
Advanced Safety Pack. For (a lot of) extra dosh, you can spec this, which gives you HIDs (that bend round corners) and anti collision system (big beep and warning if you get too close to the car infront at speed). The cruise control also automatically paces the car infront, slowing down if they do. You also get front (and rear) parking sensors - think they might be standard on all EX spec, maybe even ES.
Rear seats aren't magic like in the Civ, but do all slide backwards and forwards a bit.
Boot doesn't have the hidden space, but is big, and you get a split level shelf.
Engine - is the same 2.2 diesel. The one I had didn't seem to have as much go as my Civ, but it only had 500 miles on the clock, so hardly run in!
Passenger door handle doesn't stick
Size. I was expecting this to be an issue, as my parking space at work is tight for the Civ. The CRV actually seemed to fit in more easily!
The Civ feels Star Trek
The CRV feels - well the best way I can put it is 'like an Audi'
Everything just seems to be slightly more 'up market' on the CRV - not that that Civ is downmarket, but the CRV just gave the impression of 'plush' whereas the Civ is more 'edgy, exciting'
As you may tell, difficult to put into words LOL
Definately more '4x4' feel than the Civ, didn't seem as planted or confidence inspiring round bends, but very very good for what it is
I'd happily tell people to try one out
Slightly different demographic I would guess than the Civ, but for anyone looking for something a little bit bigger then certainly worth a look
Was slightly sorry to see it go back, but glad I could get back in my Civ