Originally Posted by overlanding
I was just talking about an engine. I am well aware of the SH-AWD and it's tow rating. Fact of the matter is, current mdx and previous gen are more athletic and exciting to drive. Although the last previous gen mdx got terrible mpg and they require premium gas.
They should be since they weigh about 1000lbs less and the prev gen about 700lbs. V6 engines are about equal in technology. Acura has 7 ft lbs more of torque. Torque and hp peaks are within 300rpm+ or -. But peak numbers are misleading its the area under the curves thats important and I cant find curves to compare. I test drove the Pilot and the MDX back in May 12. I havent driven the 2014 but I found the GC better balanced with V6 than the MDX/Pilot back in 2012 since it is based on RWD and the previous gen and current gen are based on FWD platforms. I would much rather chase apexes with a 2014 GC Limited with the ORAI package than a 2014 Pilot/MDX and then I can go off road down a fire road or trail and then across a field etc. Something the MDX cant do. Nothing earth shattering in technology in the new 3.5l for the MDX which probably cam from the RLX/TL.
Depends on what you need I need off road capability which MDX/Pilot will never have. Even the X5 has more off road ability. If I had unlimited funds
I would have gone restored and repowered with a turbo diesel Defender 110.
Just because its the right vehicle to haul Scottish herding dogs to herding trials. I am guessing that at least with me driving lap times at the main circuit at Summit Point would be about equal between a 2014 V6 GC Limited and 2014 MDX SHAWD. Better chassis balance and RWD bias of the GC would make up for the weight handicap. I have at least a couple hundred hours of driving experience there. Now if we also add in lap times on the gravel/dirt road to paddock and then the dirt from the paddock and across the track down to flag station at turn 6 its no contest and the GC wins.
MDX is a very nice CUV/station wagon and a shopping mall bias and the GC a very nice SUV with an off road bias. Both are great choices for their intended missions.