2017 Acura RDX vs. 2017 Volvo XC60

2017 Acura RDX vs. 2017 Volvo XC60

Within the luxury compact crossover SUV class, buyers are going to be faced with a lot of options. Baierl Acura wants to make sure the shoppers coming to the dealership have the most up-to-date information available. From the start, the Acura RDX makes a strong case to potential owners by offering a powerful platform in a single trim which also happens to be handsomely outfitted. Illustrating this point is a brief comparison of the 2017 Acura RDX vs. 2017 Volvo XC60. Independent reviews have praised both luxury compact SUVs, but the Acura RDX carries a few extras that will help draw some customers to the brand.

The current Acura RDX and Volvo XC60 have quite a bit in common. Both are two-row, five-passenger crossover SUVs. During the development phase, Acura chose to make the RDX in a single trim with three available options packages, AcuraWatch Plus, Technology and Advance. By comparison, the Volvo XC60 offers a more traditional trim structure. The downside to this method is that it can leave off some features an owner would like to have. Some of the features that are included as standard equipment on the 2017 RDX are automatic LED headlights, keyless ignition, sunroof and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

2017 Acura RDX 2017 Volvo XC60
3.5-L, V-6 Engine Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
Six-speed automatic Transmission Eight-speed manual
279/252 Horsepower/Torque 240/258
FWD/AWD Available Drivetrains FWD/AWD

Acura RDX vs. Volvo XC60: Performance

One of the areas where the 2017 Acura RDX clearly outperforms the 2017 Volvo XC60 is in available performance. In keeping with the single stream idea, the 2017 RDX offers only one engine option. Under the hood of each 2017 Acura RDX available at Baierl Acura is a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine making 279 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed transmission is used to send power to the front wheels in standard drivetrain configuration, with all-wheel-drive being optional. During independent tests, an all-wheel-drive version of the RDX was clocked accelerating to 60 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds, one of the top times in the class.

As for the competing 2017 Volvo XC60, the base powertrain equipment consists of a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Like the 2017 RDX, the Volvo crossover SUV uses front-wheel drive getting its power from an automatic transmission. Even with the disparity in performance, fuel economy scores from the Environmental Protection Agency are pretty close between the two vehicles*.

*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.


Available all-wheel drive system makes for an easier to drive platform in the 2017 RDX
Sleek lines are a hallmark of the 2017 Acura RDX

Loads of technology and passenger space will help drivers and passengers in the 2017 RDX
The center gauge cluster is cleanly laid out and easy to read

Acura MDX for sale at Baierl Acura
Acura ILX for sale near Pittsburgh, PA