2019 Acura TLX vs. 2018 Volvo S60 Cross Country

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The TLX V6’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The TLX V6 offers an optional Surround View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The S60 Cross Country only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the TLX and the S60 Cross Country have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, 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 blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the TLX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the S60 Cross Country. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the S60 Cross Country 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 TLX’s optional 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 50 more horsepower (290 vs. 240) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 258) than the S60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the TLX V6’s fuel efficiency. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The TLX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Acura TLX V6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the S60 Cross Country.

The TLX offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the TLX’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S60 Cross Country:

 

TLX

S60 Cross Country

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the TLX A-Spec’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S60 Cross Country (245/40R19 vs. 235/50R18).

The TLX A-Spec’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S60 Cross Country’s optional 45 series tires.

The TLX 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 S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

The Acura TLX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Volvo S60 Cross Country.

The TLX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The TLX has .7 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear legroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60 Cross Country.

Cargo Capacity

The TLX has a much larger trunk than the S60 Cross Country (14.3 vs. 12 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The TLX has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

The TLX’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the TLX the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the S60 Cross Country can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the TLX has standard extendable sun visors. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the TLX Advance/V6 A-Spec keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Model Availability

The TLX is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The S60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

The TLX will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the TLX will retain 43.93% to 47.86% of its original price after five years, while the S60 Cross Country only retains 41.29%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the TLX is less expensive to operate than the S60 Cross Country because typical repairs cost much less on the TLX than the S60 Cross Country, including $231 less for a water pump, $53 less for front brake pads, $176 less for fuel injection, $360 less for a fuel pump and $116 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Acura TLX, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Acura TLX outsold the Volvo 60 Series by over two to one during 2017.

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