I own a 17 MDX Elite (Adv Ent in US) and just got a 19 MDX Tech loaner today. The ride is night and day different, especially on the transmission. I somehow feel the ride is smoother than my 17 as well. But when I checked the spec, only the Elite trim here got the Active Damper, so it should ride the same. However the transmission is definitely better on the 19. I would recommend anyone buying the current gen to go for the 19.