When I want power, I just jump into my 505hp Z06 or the wife's 400hp C6 convertible. The MDX's power, creature comforts and hauling capabilities are just right IMHO but the Corvettes yield much more fun and better mpg. Acura should modify the 6th cog to a higher gear ratio thereby providing better fuel economy on the highway.
The point isn't to compare it to a car, it's to compare it to other vehicles in it's class. The 6th cog doesn't help much when your competition has 8 of them. I can cruise in my X5 at 85 at around 2k rpm while getting 22 mpg, if I cruise at 1500 rpm at 65 mph, I get closer to 27 mpg. My 07 MDX got terrible gas mileage in comparison and from what I've seen the 10+ didn't help much in that regard. As for the power comparison, when I step on the gas, I want it to at least get up and go, the current MDX doesn't compete well. Add in the fact that when they switched from the Sport/Ent to the Advance/Ent package, they jacked the price 6k, it's no longer a great buy.
They have a lot of ground to make up with the 3rd gen, hopefully it works out, but I won't be coming back if it has another J series. Engines have come a long way since 1996, it's about time Honda started leading again.
09 135i 6MT, ZMP
13 X5 35i ZMP, ZMX, 2VA
13 Tiguan SEL 4motion