2016 Volvo XC60 vs Acura RDX Comparison

2016 Volvo XC60
2016 Acura RDX

2016 Volvo XC60
T5 Drive-E Premier

Fuel Economy:

23/31 mpg*

Fuel Type:

Regular unleaded

Transmission:

8-speed shiftable automatic

Upholstery:

Leather

Cargo capacity, all seats in place:

30.8 cu.ft.

2016 Acura RDX
Base

Fuel Economy:

20/29 mpg*

Fuel Type:

Premium unleaded

Transmission:

6-speed shiftable automatic

Upholstery:

Leatherette

Cargo capacity, all seats in place:

26.1 cu.ft.

2016 Volvo XC60 vs Acura RDX

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An SUV is the kind of vehicle that appeals more to the pragmatist than the enthusiast. Where a car enthusiast wants a vehicle that looks good and has sharp handling, the pragmatist, or the utilitarian consumer, wants a vehicle that provides a good mix of comfort, affordability, and safety. Most people who buy vehicles fall into the latter category, so the American market has seen a surge purchases of small crossover SUVs. The generous amount of head and foot room, the relative safety of a vehicle larger than the average sedan, and the competitive pricing and gas mileage all combine to make the small crossover SUV a popular choice.

Both Volvo and Acura have stepped up to the plate in carving out a place for themselves in this market, with the 2016 Volvo XC60 SUV and Acura RDX SUV, respectively. The Volvo model edges out the Acura in practical terms, especially where fuel economy is concerned, and also offers very competitive luxury features, including satellite radio capability and eight speakers to six speakers in the Acura. The 2016 Volvo XC60 T5 Drive-E Premier SUV emerges as the more suitable option for most customers.

Fuel Economy

The Volvo XC60 has a fuel tank capacity of 18.5 gallons and takes regular unleaded fuel. It gets 31 miles per gallon on the highway and 23 in the city*. By comparison, the Acura RDX has a fuel tank capacity of 16 gallons, and it is recommended that the driver use premium unleaded fuel. The Acura RDX gets 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway*. The convenience of refueling less often that comes from a larger tank and better fuel economy, as well as the considerably lower price of regular unleaded fuel as opposed to premium unleaded, means that the better fuel economy of the Volvo model is a big draw compared to the Acura RDX.

Performance

The Volvo XC60 T5 Drive-E Premier features an 8-speed automatic transmission, compared to the 6-speed transmission of the RDX. More transmission speeds grant mean that the largest and smallest gears can have a greater disparity in size than with a lower number of transmission speeds. This cashes out in performance as a higher acceleration from a full stop and better fuel economy at higher speeds, due to smaller and larger gears, respectively. Extra transmission speeds are typically better, provided that the number is not so high that the additional complexity of the transmission creates problems, which typically happens at the high end of the number of gears. At the moment, that's about 10 to 11 gears, so the Volvo model is comfortably below the point where the number of gears is problematic, but retaining the benefits of extra gears. This all also translates to smoother transitions for a smoother ride.

Cargo Capacity

With all of its seats in place - that is, without folding down any of the seats - the Volvo XC60 has a cargo capacity of 30.8 cu.ft., as opposed to the RDX 26.1 cu.ft. Thus, storing and moving cargo in the Volvo should be easier for the same amount of cargo, and the Volvo will hold slightly more cargo at full capacity with all seats in place. With an EPA interior volume of 132.7 cu.ft., the XC60 interior is also more spacious than the RDX with 129.6 cu.ft.


Stop by your local Volvo dealership to test drive the Volvo XC60, located in Tallahassee, FL, and see for yourself whether it's the right vehicle for you.

* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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