2020 Acura RDX vs. 2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the RDX and the V90 Cross Country have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 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 V90 Cross Country has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the RDX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the V90 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 V90 Cross Country 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 V90 Cross Country T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Acura RDX is faster than the V90 Cross Country T6:

RDX

V90 Cross Country

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.7 MPH

93.7 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 V90 Cross Country requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The RDX has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 Cross Country (17.1 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Acura RDX higher (6 out of 10) than the Volvo V90 Cross Country (5). This means the RDX produces up to 6.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the V90 Cross Country every 15,000 miles.

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 Cross Country.

Brakes and Stopping

The RDX stops much shorter than the V90 Cross Country:

RDX

V90 Cross Country

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the RDX A-Spec’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the V90 Cross Country (255/40R20 vs. 245/45R20).

The RDX 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 V90 Cross Country’s optional 45 series tires.

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 Cross Country 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 Cross Country, 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.

Chassis

The Acura RDX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 550 pounds less than the Volvo V90 Cross Country.

The RDX is 7.6 inches shorter than the V90 Cross Country, 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 Cross Country doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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

The RDX has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the V90 Cross Country.

Cargo Capacity

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

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 Cross Country 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 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The RDX is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The V90 Cross Country doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the RDX owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the RDX will cost $4720 to $5530 less than the V90 Cross Country over a five-year period.

The RDX will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the RDX will retain 51.89% to 53.05% of its original price after five years, while the V90 Cross Country only retains 38.78% to 49.05%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Acura RDX will be $17490 to $21519 less than for the Volvo V90 Cross Country.

Recommendations

The Acura RDX outsold the Volvo 90 Series by almost seven to one during 2018.

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