We traded our 08 (50K) for a 2010 touring. We liked the low belt line and style of the 2010 vs the 2011. Honda Incentives helped lower the cost. The 2010 touring is quieter than the EXL and both 2010s quieter than my 08. Other improvements over the 08; exterior paint, matte finish on silver dash trim (hides finger prints), interior plastic seems more scratch resistant, ride quality. From day one our new 08 had minor suspect sub-frame noise and a loose feeling front suspension. The touring drive dynamics feel more substantial. Style, ride quality, reduced noise, and improved radio trumped touring cost premium. The 2010 end-of-production model should be more reliable than a new 2011.
The new model should be quieter and have a front suspension feel similar to the Pilot. Plastics need to be upgraded. My bet is the touring will not match the 08 EXL's 30 MPG at 65mph with 91 non-ethanol gas achieved 30 mpg. The 2011 is rated 2mpg better than the generation 3 model.
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