This would be my biggest take away from this entire thread - wants vs real world needs and being realistic about both.When you are saying X do you mean MDX I assume?
In 2004 when we had a baby I looked at both Pilot and MDX and decided to go Pilot just because I liked the more utilitarian feel of the interior and dashboard. Felt like wouldn't care as much about having a bunch of little kids and all their mess in the car for the coming years. Now that the kids are older I could handle either one.
My wife and I have been in the market for a new car to replace my ‘10 TL for a few months now. She has a ‘17 MDX and we have had great luck with the brand - we are on our 3rd Acura and I had a civic SI back in my college days so needless to say, we are Honda fans.
We have 2 young kids now and sedans are not practical for us anymore. Up until last week, we were dead set on a new MDX for me - specifically the Type S advanced. I really wanted the family hauler while also getting some of that sporty driving characteristics - just sucked it happened to be the most expensive Acura behind the NSX. But there was always that part of me that wanted the room you get in a larger SUV. My in-laws have a’19 Expedition and it was always so nice to be in that on vacation while hauling around kids. It was just a bit too big to have as a full-time daily driver. We love my wife’s ‘17 MDX but always thought it would be nice to have a bit more space for trips and just around town stuff, we just never liked the other options that much.
The older Pilot just never apealed to us that much because it just seemed too soft / minivan like. Then we saw the new Pilot. This new Pilot is much more up my alley and one that reminds me more of the larger, body on frame SUV’s. It fits our needs to a T and what I am going to give up going from a Type S advanced (and on paper, I’m giving up a bunch) is more then made up with the functionality of the Pilot. No, the Pilot will not be as tech heavy, luxurious or as engaging to drive. But always wanting more room then our ‘17 MDX (and the 4th gen isn’t much bigger) the Pilot just makes sense for us. Not to mention, it has a ton of what I liked in the MDX - the panoramic roof, heated / cooled seats, head up display. I would never try and make a direct comparison between the two as I’m very aware of their place in the market.
So back to your original point of this thread, yes I will be going Pilot even though I don’t yet own a 4th gen MDX. The 3rd gen will stay as my wife’s daily and a backup for kid duty. But it is only perfect for us because of our needs. I’d rather give up what I’m giving up and get the functionality of the Pilot with a bit of luxury (we are getting the Elite) while also saving 20k over the Type S advanced.