Re: Oh my god, I'm going to suffer......
...........a MASSIVE HEART ATTACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Help! Help!, I'm fainting
.......Did you really say the Pilot is WIDER??? ......No, tell me you're kidding.....You're kidding right???????????????.....What,... is it going to be 79 inches then???.....meaning wider than an Expediton?????........Tell me you've got to be kidding!!!!!!........Where are people going to drive this thing???? On Mars???????
What is this some kind of "width-mania" to claim the "widest-vehicle-in-the-world" title???????
Isn't the MDX "going-overboard" wide enough????????????????????????????????????.......Geez, what's the world coming to
I think Honda is smoking some kind of width potion????? ......That is the only explanation for this meaningless obsession with WIDTH!!!!!
Vicpai, please take some aspirin and try to calm down before you have your massive heart attack
The width of the MDX is really not that big of a problem. I find it to be more of a benefit than a detriment.
First, it's only 76.3 inches, not that much more than the GX470 you've been pining over. There are several other vehicles much wider, and most of those are also much longer, which compounds the problem. Because the MDX is not that long, it retains pretty good maneuverability for a vehicle of its width and has a very good turning radius.
Second, the width is what allows the MDX to have such good elbow room. The longer I drive it, the more I appreciate this.
Third, as Pontiac says "wider is better". The MDX tracks nicely down the highway, and presumably the width receives partial credit for that.
Fourth, as Fireblades pointed out above, it adds to the "get out of my way" factor. This has come in handy for me on several occassions when trying to get somewhere in a hurry. Nobody got out of my way when I was driving my old CR-V (unless I hit my 100 watt bugzappers
Fifth, the extra width will come in handy if you have the misfortune of getting T-Boned by an Excursion. I remember seeing a test of one of the MDX competitors with overall excellent safety where the CTD hit its head on the side of the interior, not good. An extra inch could be the difference between life and death.
Sixth, I wouldn't park my 'X in a narrow parking spot even if the 'X was under 70 inches like my old CR-V. I don't like dings and I don't mind walking an extra 30 seconds if it means I can get a good parking spot. Consider it free exercise. Plus, at work this means I get to admire the nice Porsches, Jaguars, etc. that also park away from the others
Seventh, my wife and I can still park both our vehicles in our standard 2 car garage. The people on my block with Expeditions and Tahoes all have to park on their driveway because they're a bit too big, especially in length. The MDX on the other hand is the optimum size IMO, big but not TOO big
The one thing I don't like about the width is that it eliminates many of the ATV trails I used to like to drive on in my old CR-V. This is where a sport-cute is superior to large SUVs IMO. However, on those particular trails, anything over 70 inches would probably get all scratched up, so this would rule out virtually all medium to large SUVs, not just the MDX.