It's not only the number of gears, it's keyless entry, and not the fob kind of keyless, it's push start, it's panoramic sunroof, it's direct injection, it's turbocharged engines, it's knee airbags, it's everything!
We have accepted Acura for "great for the money", or "great value", or "very reliable", but seriously, they are NOT better than the competition, they don't offer as many features, they are not as powerful, and they are not as luxurious. So, we are caught in this "smart luxury" segment, but let's face it, luxury is not smart, if you are willing to pay more for the same stuff (Honda), you want it to be good, significantly better, and Acura is simply better than the common brands, and nowhere near the luxury ones.
They (Honda) better wake up, and they probably eventually will, in a market where everyone is going to direct injection, and turbocharged engines, Honda is still using their "reliable" powerplants, which are phenomenal, but are not innovative.
+1, hopefully the new MDX gets them back on par, we'll see. In 2007 things were pretty comparable, but what's happened since then? Acura hasn't kept up, the refresh only offered a 6 speed, blind spot info, collision mitigation, adaptive cruise and they softened up the active dampers. Big deal, I still have to use a key to get into the car and start it, something I do every time I walk up to the vehicle, how often do I need blind spot info, collision mitigation and adaptive cruise? They drop sport and make it drive "less harsh" in sport mode and now call it an advance package, great, what happened to we tested this thing on the Ring and it handles better then any other SUV back in 2007? What they should have done was updated the SH-AWD system to work in off throttle situations.
I personally don't care about most of the luxury features like my vehicle braking for me and telling me that I can now change lanes, it's how it drives and the tech offered that gets my money.