I currently own a 2018 Tech (non-Hybrid) which was purchased in March 2018. From day 1, I didn't like the jerkiness of the transmission. The first shift was very abrupt and the overall feel of the shifts is not smooth. I've read that the 7-speed transmission on the Hybrid is a much improved driving experience than the 9 speed and I wanted feedback on whether the difference is noticeable. The dealer who I am working with is discounting a 2019 Hybrid Tech so I seem to be getting a good deal (~44k). I'll see how much I get on my trade-in, but I know that I'll be taking a financial hit. The other negative is that my current MDX is Modern Steel Metalic and the 2019 is White, which is not my first choice.