The 4 generations: external differences
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    The 4 generations: external differences

    After a year with CR-V, I still have a look at all V:s I meet and see.

    For each generation there are various trims, surely differenecs between model years and countries, but this is, as you know, the general look of each generation:

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    ... and from the rear:
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    (in 2005 and 2006, generation 2 had clear instead of orange indicator covers)

    For Europe, maybe also US: There were updates coming 2005 and 2010 = generations called 2.5 and 3.5, respectively. Also gen 1 was updated during its years, I think in 1999.
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    Sometimes, I had difficulties to quickly distinguish generation 3 from 4, until I realised that this difference may be the easiest to spot:

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    They are all nice. Of course I love my gen 4, but gen 2 has a nice stance and look about it that I really like and that would be my choice if I didn't have a gen 4.
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    I love my gen 3, but I am sure I'd be happy with any generation. I've wanted a CR-V since they were first introduced but it took another 14 years before I got one. I took a brief detour though by getting a Pilot about a year ago, but when we test drove our 2007 Taffeta White EX-L this past St. Patricks day, it was goodbye 2006 Pilot EX and hello 2007 CR-V EX-L! I don't think I've ever been more enameled by a car before. Love at first sight/test drive!

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    I luv my gen.3 CRV, but absolutely loved my Gen.1 CRV. Had 3 of them as a matter of fact!

    I might still have my (silver bullet) 2000 CRV to this day, if it weren't written off in an accident. Had it rustproofed since day 1, and still had no rust until it's demise.

    Nice thread canyon
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    I miss my 1st gen. Personally, best gen was the 1st.

    Also to note, the 05-06 got a different front as well as the rear which you mentioned.
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    We have one of each, 2011 EX-L AWD and 2014 EX AWD. Both are excellent SUV's and there are things I like/dislike about each:
    The '14 feels peppier, and has better acceleration. However, it feels like it has more body sway to it. I really hate the space age instrument cluster (which is not lined up with the driver) and I am not a fan of the rear end. Someone said it looks like a Pontiac Aztec and I can't get that image of my mind! Finally, really tired of the TPMS light that comes on immediately after reset.
    The '11 has more interesting lines (IMO). It feels more stable through the corners. I like the classic look of the instrument panel. It could definitely use a few more hp, but once it's up to speed it has good acceleration and passing power. The ignition/starter has the intermittent grinding noise that can never be replicated at the dealer.
    Gas mileage is about dead even for combined city/hwy driving at 26 mpg on mostly standard grade fuel.
    Again, I think you can't go wrong with either. We also have a 2007 EX AWD which my son has taken about anywhere a small SUV can go and it's been absolutely trouble free.
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    I like the current gen at 2015. I just wish the rear end was not lowered too low.
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    I went from a 1st gen to a 4th gen: most notably moving the spare seems to have resulted in a tire's width of extra room behind the back seats: coolers and suitcases that I had to put in widthwise now fit lengthwise. Also the change in suspension reduced those awkward protruding bumps in the trunk and changed them into something sheer, making the space more useful. That the rear doors now open almost to 90 degrees is exceedingly handy for popping in those pet carriers.

    Personally I don't care for the window tinting on EX & above in the '15 (had an LX '97 before): I glance over my shoulder before changing lanes and the contrast between front and rear windows makes it trickier to use one's peripheral vision there. In return though I get a 33% better power-to-weight ratio and a move from a 4-speed to an ∞-speed gearbox, which means I don't have to worry any more about short or uphill on-ramps.

    I'll also say that the windshield seems far larger on the Gen 4 to the extent that it's even a bit awkward to get those park stickers into the corners and that the spare tire-mounted bike rack I have isn't nearly as useful as it once was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honda4Life View Post

    Also to note, the 05-06 got a different front as well as the rear which you mentioned.
    As well as Gen.3 pictured above is only the 2010-11 model. 2007-09 had (in my opinion) ugly bow tie grill on the front, as can be barely seen in the 1st pic of my signature. I've been looking at ways to mod it without the bowtie. Gonna get it done soon, now that winter is done.
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