I think it'd come down to a combo of price, specs/functions on paper, and driving experience - something that can't be concluded by just looking at the spec sheets.To me it really depends on the price difference and useable size difference. I really like the exterior of the MDX but the new Pilot is also handsome enough for me. I think some people could phrase it the other way too...."unless you really feel like paying an extra $10,000 for a little extra sporty look and a few extra doodads here and there, I don't think anyone in their right mind would choose to pay that much more for an MDX when they can get a very very similar vehicle for a better value with the Pilot"
I realize I am on the MDX board so there will be inherent biases
I haven't made any decision yet....depends on pricing and functional difference.
I don't know which one would come out on top, especially when factoring in price (ex: is the one doo dad in the MDX worth an extra $5K or something similar) but so far it seems it'd be prudent to do a test drive of both of them along with a comparison of functions features (that one cares about) and cost.
On the Honda website the new Pilot looks decent and I'm surprised they're touting its 'off-road' capabilities and that it can be had with actual steel skid plates with the right package. I've always thought of a Pilot as mostly a family hauler and grocery getter, but probably a decent one for that niche.
But if someone interested in the MDX is cross shopping the Pilot, which seems to be a sensible thing to do, then there are lots of other vehicles to cross shop as well.
Hogan - if you ever do your test drives of the MDX and 2023 Pilot I hope you'll post your impressions here.