Was shopping for a replacement vehicle for my Honda Pilot late last year and was looking at the Mazda Cx-9, Toyota Highlander and the Acura MDX. Narrowed it down between the Cx-9 and the MDX and chose the MDX based upon the Acura reliability history. Now looking back I wish I would have selected the CX-9 as my MDX has numerous issues that should not accompany an Acura. My radio randomly resets all the preset settings. No one can understand anyone in the car using the Bluetooth. When the moonroof is open you cannot read anything displayed on the radio. Rattle coming from back cargo area, etc. At this pricepoint, you get much more with the Cx-9.
Ability to lower the windows from the key fob. Vehicle handles well. Does not have the features a vehicle north of $40 should have like the CX-9. For the same price the CX-9 gives you Nav, lane departure warning, power lift gate, push button start, better mileage on regular gas, 20" wheels, etc...
Should be able to read the display on the radio with the sun roof open. Drop the need for premium just to meet a horsepower number. For $40k+ premium brand car-no push button start. The steering cloumn should adjust lower and extend further. What dealers charge for accessories is rediculous.