Just bought a 2012 ML350, will be keeping the 2002 MDX as a 2nd vehicle, it is set up to tow 4 down behind the MH.
Looked at the 2011-2012 MDX's (and many others), narrowed them all down to the X5, MDX, and ML350.
The ML350 was by far the quietest of all we looked at, we liked the ride/drive and feel of the power assist steering, and liked the looks better than the X5 and especially the MDX.
The 2012 ML350 is the 1st year of the 3rd generation, another factor that influenced our choice. Possibly if the 3rd generation MDX was out we may have gone with it, could not wait another year to buy a vehicle, needed to do something before year end for tax reasons.
We did find dealers more willing to deal with the 2011-2012 MDX than the ML, there are good buys on the last few years of a model just before a new generation comes out.
The 2002 MDX is still in great shape considering the age/miles. Our leather seats look almost new. Going to have to change struts/shocks soon, also need to change the plugs. Have about 130K on odometer, another 30K+ not on the odometer pulling 4 down behind the MH.
02 MDX/Black/Ebony/Tour/Nav/Converted To Toad