2020 Acura RDX vs. 2019 Volvo V60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the RDX and the V60 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.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RDX its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The V60 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the RDX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the V60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the V60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 24th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 26th in reliability. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Acura 16 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 V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Acura RDX is faster than the V60 T5:

RDX

V60

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.7 MPH

92.2 MPH

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 V60 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The RDX has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the V60 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 V60 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 V60.

Brakes and Stopping

The RDX stops much shorter than the V60:

RDX

V60

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the RDX has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the V60. The RDX A-Spec’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the V60.

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 V60 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 V60, 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 better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the RDX is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the V60.

For greater off-road capability the RDX has a 2.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the V60 (8.2 vs. 5.4 inches), allowing the RDX to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The RDX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The V60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The RDX has 10 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V60 (104 vs. 94).

The RDX has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 3.6 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the V60.

Cargo Capacity

The RDX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the V60 with its rear seat up (31.1 vs. 23.2 cubic feet). The RDX has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the V60 with its rear seat folded (79.8 vs. 50.9 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 26% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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 V60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the RDX is less expensive to operate than the V60 because it costs $209 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the RDX than the V60, including $76 less for a water pump, $31 less for a muffler, $142 less for fuel injection, $319 less for a fuel pump and $267 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Acura RDX outsold the Volvo 60 Series by over five to one during 2018.

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