Comparison: 2018 Volvo XC90 vs 2018 Acura MDX

Comparison: 2018 Volvo XC90 vs 2018 Acura MDX

When shopping for a full-size luxury SUV, it’s a good idea to compare models before you even take a test drive. Just because two vehicles are in the same class doesn’t make them equal.

Case in point: the 2018 Volvo XC90 and the 2018 Acura MDX, two top-selling luxury SUVs in Kansas and beyond. But when you look closely at the specs and features, you’ll notice one ute represents a much better value.

Check out our one-to-one comparison below, then visit us in Overland Park to experience the XC90 first-hand.

Safety Technology and Ratings

Volvo XC90

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2018 XC90 a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating. The federal agency also reports zero recalls, investigations, or complaints on the model.

Volvo equipped the new XC90 with a wide range of safety features. Standard features on all trims include the Pilot Assist Semi-Autonomous Drive System with Adaptive Cruise Control, a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Run-Off Road Protection and Mitigation, Lane Keeping Aid, Driver Alert Control, and Road Sign Information System. Additionally, all models have Volvo On Call and the City Safety system with Steering Support, Low- and High-Speed Collision Mitigation, and Pedestrian, Cyclist, and Large Animal Detection.

Options include a Graphical Head-Up Display, active bending headlights, 360-degree Surround View Camera, Park Assist Pilot, and Front Park Assist.

Acura MDX

The NHTSA also gave the 2018 MDX a 5-Star Overall Rating, but has reported a complaint regarding the windshield. The complaint states that the MDX has a distorted view out the windshield, which affects visibility and can cause dizziness in drivers.

The 2018 MDX is not available with parking assistance technology, and features like a Blind Spot Information System and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are available, but not standard. The Acura SUV comes equipped with Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, and a multi-view rear camera with dynamic gridlines.

Options include a Head-Up Warning and a Surround-View Camera System.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Volvo XC90

The XC90 features three engine options. The base is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, with available all-wheel drive. All engine options have an 8-speed automatic Geartronic transmission.

Next up is a 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The XC90 also has a hybrid variant, the T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid, which has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder super- and turbocharged engine combined with an electric motor, making a net 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the XC90 FWD gets up to 22 MPG city and 29 MPG highway, and the T8 Plug-In Hybrid gets 62 MPGe.

Acura MDX

The MDX has one gasoline engine and a hybrid model. The base engine is a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive, making 290 horsepower.

The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD has a 3.0-liter V6 engine combined with a front Direct Drive Motor and a rear Twin Motor Unit, making a net 321 horsepower. This model has a 7-speed automatic transmission.

The U.S. DOE reports that the gas-powered MDX gets 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. The hybrid doesn’t improve much on fuel economy, getting 26 MPG city and 27 MPG highway.

The Volvo XC90 has a slight edge on safety, performance, and fuel economy. To get the full luxury SUV experience, visit us in Overland Park for a test drive.


Volvo XC90

Starting at $46,900 MSRP

Acura MDX

Starting at $44,200 MSRP

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