I agree that there are things that could have been done more to my liking. But at least some of the things you don't like were things any enthusiast would have recognized with a quick look at the car. Thin sheet metal, no USB, limited colors, etc.
So, now that we know what you don't like about the MDX, what were the things you like that prompted you to buy the vehicle?
I might have missed it. What year and model do you have?
It was bought for my wife to haul the kids and I do like the vehicle just little stuff that annoyed me on the long trip. I never said it wasn't a great vehicle just some stuff that I notice more and more brands doing that aren't for me.
We wanted a SUV with a third row, ability to tow 4k lbs, decent options and great crash ratings, etc. I was ready to get rid of my daily beater (TSX) and timing worked out for the next kiddo to arrive.
We bought the 2012 base because I didn't feel the Tech/Advanced was for me. I wanted a few of the options but dislike Honda/Acura NAV systems not to mention we already have aftermarket so the Tech offered no real incentive for the price. I would have liked the blind spot and vented front seats but didn't want any of the other stuff in the Advanced. I may have changed my mind if there was a power increase or other upgrades with the adaptive suspension but they don't offer that unfortunately.
There are the examples of your empty statements that are exaggerating, making generalizations of things that only affect you, and then downright offend other types of owners with your last comment.
I'm a car enthusiast first and foremost. Far from being a boring person and a person who doesn't want just "cheap crap." My list of cars include a 2002 RSX Type-S with a K20A Type-R engine and transmission, 400whp MR2 Turbo, 380whp Water/meth injected Evo IX MR, VF34 300whp WRX, my most recent Nissan 350Z Twin Turbo making the same power as a GT-R (390whp on a mustang dyno.) I have been to numerous track days. Thunderhill, Laguna seca Raceway, Willows springs streets of willows, and Sonoma raceway. I am not a stranger to enthusiastic and spirited driving. Reliability was a non-issue as I was constantly fixing them up anyway. But for my normal every-day SUV, reliability is one of the top 3 factors.
So long story just because someone bought a specific type vehicle or brand, does NOT make them "boring non-enthusiasts" or wanting "cheap crap." That's all I have to say and I am done with this subject.
It's an online forum, please....it was a general statement about brands.
Did you really think I was talking directly to you?
I'm waiting on a refresh and it better be good. If Acura continues to lead in technology, sharp designs and maintains power and efficiency in the motor, then they have a good shot at my next SUV. If not, I've already made the switch to German from my '04 Acura 6mt TL to an Audi S4.
I just picked this monster S4 and the design and interior fit and finish is outstanding. It has tons of power, crisp shifts and eye catching design. What sucks is the electronics and user interface to the technology. The Nav is all f'd up, slow and kludgy, no touch screen and dumb stuff like rotating zoom in and out opposite of the Acura setup. Door locks are up for lock, down for unlock. There's not a volume indicator anywhere and good luck with the verbal commands.
So for those who think the details don't matter, it's a trade off. The seats in my S4 (and in a Q7 I've rented) are outstanding. The Audi AWD handling is incredible and the S4 engine is one of the best in that class. The butt ugly TL didn't stand a chance when wondering if I should stick with Acura (although I do give then major credit for offering a 6MT AWD!) Really it's more about the damn Audi MMI and everyday buttons you push in the Audi that make it seem like the Germans are dyslexic.
Technology, design and power all have to come together. Is it in the next MDX or in the Q7.... or maybe I should test drive the new Infinity JX?
As for reliability if you go German, get certified preowned to 100k and be don't worry about it. Stuff breaks in all brands. For the Acura I probably wouldn't spend the extra cash on extended warranties though.