2019 GMC Acadia vs. 2019 Volvo XC60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the GMC Acadia’s middle seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Volvo XC60 doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Acadia are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The XC60 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Acadia has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The XC60 doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Acadia and the XC60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.


GMC’s powertrain warranty covers the Acadia 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 6 times as many GMC dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Acadia’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 20th in initial quality. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 18th in reliability. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

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


As tested in Motor Trend the GMC Acadia V6 is faster than the XC60 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.8 sec

12.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.7 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.6 MPH

86.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Acadia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XC60 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Acadia FWD’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.4 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Acadia AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60’s standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 18.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

The Acadia stops shorter than the XC60:





60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The GMC Acadia’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Volvo XC60 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Acadia 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 XC60 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the Acadia uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC60, 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.

The Acadia SLT AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the XC60 T8 eAWD Momentum pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.


The front grille of the Acadia FWD 4 cyl. uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XC60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Acadia uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XC60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Acadia has standard seating for 7 passengers; the XC60 can only carry 5.

The Acadia has 40.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XC60 (143.8 vs. 103).

The Acadia has 2.3 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 1.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Acadia’s middle row seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Acadia’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC60.




Third Seat Folded

41.7 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


30.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79 cubic feet

50.6 cubic feet

The Acadia’s cargo area is larger than the XC60’s in almost every dimension:




Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



Max Width







Maximum trailer towing in the Volvo XC60 is limited to 3500 pounds. The Acadia offers up to a 4000 lbs. towing capacity.


The Acadia (except SL/SLE)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Acadia’s optional front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches. The XC60’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to lower them fully.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Acadia has standard extendable sun visors. The XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Acadia SLT/Denali has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XC60 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Acadia is less expensive to operate than the XC60 because typical repairs cost much less on the Acadia than the XC60, including $21 less for a water pump, $4 less for front brake pads, $215 less for a starter, $147 less for fuel injection, $339 less for a fuel pump and $95 less for front struts.


The GMC Acadia outsold the Volvo XC60 by almost three to one during 2018.

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