I have thought the same thing about my E. My old Nissan had 12 more years on it than my E and always looked better. My wife's Rav4 has a much better paint finish than my E too. Oh well, it is what it is.
I think it depends on the factory your car came from. We have a Prelude, one of the last and they were built in Japan and the paint on that chips if you look at it the wrong way, right down to the metal.
Our Civic, presumably built in the US somewhere, gets occasional chips from big rocks, however has double the mileage of the lude and less paint chips... go figure.
I have been lucky with the E, a few large chips right on the edge of the hood where the 3M ended (wish I would of been there when the dealer installed it!!!) but that was from passing a sanding truck on the highway driving home through the prairies (in Alberta, when I say "sanding" truck, I really mean "tossing and throwing stones the size of marbles all over the road". I have had some rocks hit the roof when driving on the highway and I always look at my next stop and never see any damage.....
Maybe it is the color? Pearl/metallic paint vs. flat paint?