As the original owner of a 2002 MDX with just under 220k on it, I fully appreciate your observations on the 2022. To your point, it’s a strong option at a very comparable price point and they have that thing dialed in. The VCM is somewhat annoying and I know you can buy a device to override it but part of me just says going 20 years w the same make and model and then buying the same again is well, a little boring. I’m no spring chicken and it just might be time to enjoy a different driving experience. Nothing says this needs to be another 20 year commitment!Here’s my take and one that has driven the 22’ MY MDX for a good amount of time. If you want off road ruggedness with a newer interior and the likely hood of having more faults to the model then get the WL74. If you want an SUV that has three rows with a reliable V6, premium interior, as well as the driving capabilities of a Sports Sedan then get the MDX.
After I drove the MDX A-Spec that comes standard with SH-AWD In my review I was extremely impressed for even the base V6 engine on how it got up and went. The V6 paired to the 10 AT is fantastic especially compare to its previous Gen ZF. The rear legroom is enough to fit family in. Was really impressed with the availability of removing the middle seat area on the MDX as well. Trunk space was actually a lot surprising and the flip up cover has to side to it. One with the felt/carpet liner and then a more plastic side so you can put muddy shoes or your kids gear from a football/soccer game. Also reliability is great on Acura models as expected as it’s a Honda created Luxury brand.