Much as I love my fourth generation (pre-facelift) CR-V, I can't help but feel that the styling is a bit bland, inside and out. So, it started me thinking about the previous generations of this iconic Honda. For me, it is a close run thing between the original first generation - which has a functional simplicity to its design - and the third generation. I'm going to go with the third generation as my favourite - just. Why? Especially in pre-facelift form, with the single chrome bar and large Honda badge on the grille, and the 5 spoke wheels, the design just looks (to me at least) to be beautifully coherent. The interior too has some nice touches that give it personality, from the handbrake lever to the door pulls. No doubt that the fourth generation is a better car all round - time moves on and Honda have evolved the concept - but for me the third generation just looks nicer and more individual. What do others think?