Originally Posted by DocBrown
Exactly my point above. Payload is critical. Also I'd be surprised if the MDX had much more than a 700# tongue weight limitation. The Explorer probably has closer to 900#. And Honda is notorious for stating not to use a WD hitch on their vehicles sot hey don't even give 2 ratings. More often than not on SUVs and 1/2 ton PUs you'll run into hitch and payload limits before you'll hit the "max" towing capacity.
The MDX is only 500 (the whole reason I just put a deposit on a truck. Ha ha!) The Explorer was also 500 the last time I looked into it. But yes, I agree completely with your point about running into other limits on these types of vehicles before you hit the max limit.