2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country vs. 2021 Acura RDX

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V90 Cross Country have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Acura RDX doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The V90 Cross Country’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The RDX doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the V90 Cross Country and RDX have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V90 Cross Country has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The RDX’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Volvo V90 Cross Country offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Acura doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the RDX. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; V90 Cross Country owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The V90 Cross Country has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The RDX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V90 Cross Country has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The RDX doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the V90 Cross Country. But it costs extra on the RDX.

The V90 Cross Country’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The RDX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V90 Cross Country and the RDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The V90 Cross Country’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the RDX’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V90 Cross Country for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Acura doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the RDX.

Reliability

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The RDX’s redline is at 7000 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The V90 Cross Country has a 6000 RPM redline.

The battery on the V90 Cross Country is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V90 Cross Country’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The RDX’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volvo 4 places higher in reliability than Acura.

Engine

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The V90 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder produces 44 more horsepower (316 vs. 272) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 280) than the RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Volvo V90 Cross Country is faster than the Acura RDX:

V90 Cross Country

RDX

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.5 sec

18.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.7 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99 MPH

93 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

113 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V90 Cross Country T6 gets better fuel mileage than the RDX AWD (20 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/27 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the V90 Cross Country’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The RDX doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo V90 Cross Country higher (7 out of 10) than the Acura RDX (6). This means the V90 Cross Country produces up to 1.1 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the RDX every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V90 Cross Country’s brake rotors are larger than those on the RDX:

V90 Cross Country

RDX

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

12.2 inches

The V90 Cross Country’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the RDX are solid, not vented.

The V90 Cross Country stops shorter than the RDX:

V90 Cross Country

RDX

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The V90 Cross Country’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RDX’s standard 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V90 Cross Country’s wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the RDX (115.8 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

The V90 Cross Country T6 handles at .87 G’s, while the RDX A-Spec AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The V90 Cross Country T6 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the RDX AWD (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the V90 Cross Country’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the RDX’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.9 feet).

For greater off-road capability the V90 Cross Country has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RDX (8.3 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the V90 Cross Country to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The V90 Cross Country has .6 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room and 5.8 inches more rear hip room than the RDX.

Towing

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The V90 Cross Country’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RDX’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Acura RDX is only 1500 pounds. The V90 Cross Country offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the RDX, the V90 Cross Country offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The V90 Cross Country’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The RDX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the V90 Cross Country to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The RDX doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V90 Cross Country has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The RDX doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the V90 Cross Country has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The RDX doesn’t offer cornering lights. The V90 Cross Country also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The V90 Cross Country offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the RDX.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volvo V90 Cross Country has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The RDX doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The V90 Cross Country offers an optional 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 RDX doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The V90 Cross Country’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The RDX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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