I looked into BMW X5, Benz M350, and Volvo XC90. I lastly checked out the new MDX and fell in love with all the features the car has and its new look. Definitely the most bang for the buck in every aspects compared to other vehicles in its class.
Voice recognition (not sluggish at all!), ELS Dolby PL II sound system + XM = pure listening heaven, gorgeous interior, functional 3rd row seat (easily fit 5'10" - 6 feet people), decent engine power, luxury feel, tons of tech/geek oriented features, integrated nav system.
Love it or hate it grill (I'm okay with it but many are not), better talk/hands free buttons placement on the wheel, better mpg.