This is a new one. The dealer actually stopped you from doing something stupid. It really was kind of dumb. What you were planning on doing. The price being what it was,that left no wiggle room on the trade.Thanks for your post. It sounds like you really love your MDX Hybrid. Unfortunately, the dealer wouldn't give me enough for my '18 MDX Tech so I'm going to put this on hold. In spite of the clunky shifting in the lower gears, it drives beautifully on the highway which is where I drive the majority of the time for my commute. I've gotten some great feedback from everyone and hopefully, the 4th gen MDX will include a Hybrid model that I can move to in the future.