This vehicle replaced a 2005 Honda Pilot EXL. I had such good luck with my other Hondas I decided to stay with the brand. The price of the MDX compared to what it offers is a "no brainer." It drives like a combination of my old Pilot and an S2000 I use to have. I often forget it is an SUV. The build quality is spectacular; first new car I have had that has no rattles or defects.
The features for the price, the styling (especially that distinctive grille), and the sports car driveability. I especially love those plush, comfortable seats.
There are no courtesy lights on the doors (even my Pilot had those), so I would recommend more perimeter lighting. It also is a bit slower than my old Pilot, probably because of the weight. And yes, it is one thirsty SUV, but better than most others. Also a complicated voice-activation system.