2018 Acura MDX vs 2018 Volvo XC90

2018 Acura MDX vs 2018 Volvo XC90

When it comes to a luxury model, every shopper has their own idea of comfort. We’ve all seen plenty of concept vehicles in which there are so many features that one starts to question whether we are ever meant to leave our cars. If you don’t want to, we wouldn’t blame you. The only question is which vehicle will give you the level of comfort you desire? In comparing the 2018 Acura MDX vs 2018 Volvo XC90, we look at basic specs as well as fantastic features for these models.

Naturally, you’ll find some similarities between these two models simply because they are in the same segment. The 2018 Acura MDX and 2018 Volvo XC90 both offer hybrid versions of the model, though the MDX is available as a standard hybrid vs the XC90 plug-in hybrid. Likewise, both vehicles have available all-wheel drive or standard front-wheel drive.

2018 Acura MDX


2018 Volvo XC90

3.5-liter V6 Base Engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
290hp/267 lb-ft of torque Performance 250hp/258 lb-ft of torque
90.9 cu. ft. Maximum Cargo Space 85.7 cu. ft.
132.7 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 103.8 cu. ft.

2018 Acura MDX vs 2018 Volvo XC90 Performance

One thing that might surprise you is the fact that the 2018 Volvo XC90, which is a touch more expensive, isn’t as powerful as the 2018 Acura MDX. The model has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces significantly less power than the 3.5-liter V6 found in the Acura MDX. Typically, this is a choice that produces better fuel economy ratings, but it’s not such a great improvement over the MDX for most motorists to notice. Part of the reason for this may be that the 2018 Acura MDX offers a standard 9-speed automatic transmission compared to the 8-speed in the MDX. It’s a subtle difference, but one you’ll feel every time you go out for a drive.

With engineering that isn’t quite up to snuff, and both cargo and passenger volume that are quite cramped compared to the MDX, how does the XC90 compare in terms of features?

Both vehicles offer advanced safety with emergency braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and more. The XC90 does have blind spot monitoring in the base trim, while the MDX has it available.

Interior features in both include leather trim, automatic climate control, premium audio, 8-inch color display systems, power windows and locks, keyless entry and much more. With comparable features, but more power, it seems the 2018 Acura MDX is a solid choice for those seeking a luxury SUV. Find out for yourself if it’s your top selection when you stop by Karen Radley Acura, located just outside of Washington D.C.