I know this is an old thread, but I've had a similar experience with one of my close friends buying a brand spanking new 2012 Honda Pilot and her husband is trying to justify that it was a better purchase over my used 2008 MDX, so I'm just speaking out of my mind.
I paid $29k for my MDX with 45k Miles, she paid $36k for her 2012 4WD EX-L.
Long story short, it made me feel somewhat bad and like I made a mistake and should have gotten a brand new Pilot. But after some get togethers she let me drive their Pilot.
My mind was BLOWN...
Not blown in the sense that it made me feel my purchase wasn't good. But blown in the sense that I couldn't have made a better decision that I went with my MDX.
The Honda Pilot was soooo BORING to drive, the interior design was boring, the engine felt like a boring non-revving 6 cyclinder pick-up truck, the handling was mushy and had no steering feel, the brake feel wasn't as snappy, and the interior was surrounded by cheap looking plastics.
The redeeming qualities I would give the Honda Pilot is of course the practicality of it. Honda reliability, tons of interior space, smooth ride so long trips for young and older family members will enjoy, and good re-sale.
But the MDX is by far the better driver's SUV who enjoys the journey more than the destination.
Please no offense to any Pilot owners out there, but do not try and justify the Pilot and MDX as being on par with each other. Maybe they used to be the same with the 1st generation MDXs. But now they are two completely different SUVs meant for very different people. The MDX new or used is the premium vehicle compared to the Pilot.
2015 Diamond White Pearl MDX - SH-AWD