Comparison: 2018 Volvo XC60 vs 2018 Acura RDX

Comparison: 2018 Volvo XC60 vs 2018 Acura RDX

Drivers trying to decide between the 2018 Volvo XC60 and the 2018 Acura RDX don’t have an easy choice to make, so we’ve written a one-to-one comparison that breaks down the differences between these two luxury mid-size SUVs in the areas Kansas City drivers care about most: performance, efficiency, and interior amenities.

When you’re done reading, visit us in Overland Park to test drive a brand new XC60.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Volvo XC60

The 2018 XC60 has two gas engine options and one hybrid, each with standard all-wheel drive, 3,500-pound towing capacity, and an 8-speed Automatic Geartronic transmission.

The T5 AWD features a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. T6 AWD trims feature a 2.0-liter super- and turbocharged inline-4 engine that churns out 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

The XC60 dT8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid has the same engine as the T6, supplemented with an electric motor. The hybrid powertrain produces a net 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque.

The U.S. Department of Energy reports the XC60 T5 AWD gets 25 MPG combined, while the T6 AWD gets up to 23 MPG combined. The Plug-In Hybrid model gets 59 MPGe.

Acura RDX

The 2018 RDX features one engine option, so Acura enthusiasts who want a hybrid SUV are out of luck. The ute is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and comes available with AWD with Intelligent Control System.

The U.S. DOE reports that FWD models get 23 MPG combined and those equipped with AWD get 22 MPG combined.

Comfort and Convenience

Volvo XC60

The Volvo mid-size SUV comes standard with leather upholstery with Comfort Seats, 10-way power front seats with power lumbar support, Driver Seat Memory, a leather steering wheel, 2-Zone Climate Control, Clean Zone Air Quality System, and a power-operated tailgate. The XC60 Plug-In Hybrid also has a crystal gear shift knob by Orrefors.

Individual options include heated front seats and steering wheel, a charcoal headliner with Sport Steering Wheel, and Linear Lime Inlays with Interior High-Level Illumination. The Luxury Seat Package gives you Nappa leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, backrest massage front seats, a heated steering wheel, and ventilated front seats with cushion extension and power-adjustable side support.

Acura RDX

The RDX base model includes Sport Seats with leatherette trim, 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Ambient Cabin Lighting, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Options include perforated leather-trimmed interior, heated and ventilated front seats, an 8-way power passenger’s seat, and GPS-linked climate control. The Acura doesn’t offer the same caliber of premium interior materials as the Volvo, and is not available with heated rear seats, Nappa leather seating, massaging backrests, or cushion extenders.

When you’re ready, visit us in Overland Park, Kansas to test drive a brand-new Volvo.


Volvo XC60

Starting at $41,500 MSRP

Acura RDX

Starting at $36,000 MSRP

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