I've been using DPP for years. Decided to try out LR. Didn't like it. Even opening the RAW file showed me huge differences immediately (shot in "faithful" with sharpening at 0 from the camera). Add to that the complexity of using LR and I quickly went back to DPP.
I think many people have bought into the hype around using LR. IMO, yes, it's a great tool. But for the vast majority of shots, DPP can do what LR can do (possibly better in some instances - like what you and I are both describing) and it's far simpler to use. And, it's free.
To me, the very best features of DPP are: quick check, recipes, lens aberration correction including DLO, and simplicity! Everyone raves about LR's library or categorization feature (or whatever it's called) but I'm happy with what DPP and the EOS utility do and I'm honestly not sure how it's different from LR but EOS utility automatically imports by date into a predetermined folder and with DPP I can batch process and save to any folder I want/create - does it get easier and more efficient than that?