2019 Acura RDX vs. 2018 Volvo V90

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the RDX and the V90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the RDX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the V90. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the V90 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Acura vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 19th in initial quality. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 20th in reliability. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Acura 4 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

The RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (272 vs. 250) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 258) than the V90 T5 R-Design’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Acura RDX uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The V90 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The RDX has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 FWD’s standard fuel tank (17.1 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The RDX has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 AWD’s standard fuel tank (17.1 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Acura RDX, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the V90.

Tires and Wheels

The RDX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The V90 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the RDX uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For greater off-road capability the RDX has a 2.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the V90 (8.2 vs. 6 inches), allowing the RDX to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The RDX is 7.5 inches shorter than the V90, making the RDX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The RDX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The V90 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The RDX has 6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V90 (104 vs. 98).

The RDX has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the V90.

Cargo Capacity

The RDX has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the V90 with its rear seat up (31.1 vs. 25.5 cubic feet). The RDX has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the V90 with its rear seat folded (79.8 vs. 53.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The RDX’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The V90 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RDX has standard extendable sun visors. The V90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Acura RDX, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Volvo V90 isn't recommended.

The Acura RDX outsold the Volvo 90 Series by almost five to one during 2017.

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