I test drove the BMW X3, X5, owned the Honda Pilot 2006. Once I saw this new MDX I had to test drive it. The SH-AWD really is impressive. It corners under acceleration like nothing I've driven before. I'ved owned a couple BMWs and we just bought for my wife a 2007 328ci with sport suspension. I'm amazed at how well the MDX holds it's own with the little sports car as far as feel and road holding under extreme cornering. Brakes are great. The third row is nice in a pinch for small trips.
The SH AWD is outstanding in a class of it's own. The active damping system for suspension makes this SUV feel like a sports sedan. It really is very enjoyable to drive. Less road noise is much appreciated.
Rain sensors would have been nice. Headlights that follow steering would be nice as well.