Guys, the transmission is different for the Honda Hybrids. Actually, if you read about it, the Honda Hybrids really don't have a transmission anymore, at least not in the traditional sense.
Like the Clarity and the Insight, Honda puts in the push button transmission for those vehicles, not for vehicles equipped with a CVT. Honda also uses the pushbutton selector for the 10-spd auto that you see in the Pilot, Odyssey and Accord.
So, for those that don't like the pushbutton gear selector, don't fret, you won't see it in the non-hybrid model CR-V. At least not until the 6th gen comes out anyway.
BTW, I have the pushbutton selector in my Accord and I think it's way better than the antiquated lever selector in our CR-V as well as what's in most other cars with an automatic or CVT. The part I like most is when you park the car, you just hit the ON/OFF start button and the transmission automatically goes into park. Just one small thing to make life easier, IMO. The other thing I like is there is nothing sticking up out of the center console to get in the way, it's a much cleaner, much more space efficient way of doing things.
I believe the reason for the come back of the pushbutton gear selector is that today's transmissions no longer need a mechanical link to select the operating mode of the transmission. PRDRL can all be selected electronically, hence the clunky lever is a holdover for people how like or are used to that way of selecting the operating mode of the transmission. Many luxury and now moderately priced vehicles are dumping those old fashioned gear selectors and are installing pushbuttons, a rotary knob (Chrysler/RAM), or a joystick style selector (as I've seen on many German cars, Hyundai, and Nissan). Face it, the days of the clunky gear shift selectors are numbered, just like the old column shifters you don't see much anymore.