Last post on Jul 03, 2013 at 11:25 AM
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Volvo XC60, Acura MDX, Car Comparisons, SUV
#2 of 3 Re: Volvo XC60 or Acura MDX [policeman51]
Jun 06, 2013 (3:31 pm)
The XC60 is really a competitor to the RDX (same size). So I'd check the RDX as well.
The XC60 is actually slightly slower than both MDX/RDX (0.1-0.8 sec slower). The XC60 handles probably handles bit better than MDX since it's lighter.
I'd wait for the MDX '14 (end of June) unless you want to take advantage of discounts on '13 models. MDX '14 has much better fuel economy and lots of new features (LDW, 3d Nav, 2nd row seats adjust seat angle and move aft/forward, steering settings control, ...).
Main downside of XC60 is fuel economy (based on CR test results, not EPA). It's similar to (larger) MDX '13 but much lower than RDX/MDX '14. Also depreciation is bit higher on Volvo as well.
#3 of 3 Re: Volvo XC60 or Acura MDX [lucien4]
Jul 03, 2013 (11:25 am)
I agree that XC60 is more comparable to the RDX.
I've never driven the XC60. But I own a 2010 MDX now and previously had a Volvo XC90 2.5T. The MDX has better electronic gizmos inside and is roomier, and hopefully it will be more reliable long term (5+ years). But I much prefer the way the Volvo drove, despite the less powerful engine. The Volvo also had a better designed exterior and interior. Its ride and handling are so much more composed, compared to the whobbly, bouncy and floaty MDX. I imagine the XC60 would drive even better than the XC90, given its smaller size, lower weight and more powerful engine. The MDX is quite thirsty, too, getting 16mpg at best (50/50 highway/city).
Bottomline, if you enjoy driving, you will be much happier with a XC60 T6 than the MDX. But if room and long term reliability are more important to you, the MDX may be a better choice.
The RDX, on the other hand, drives better than its bigger brother, though still by no means sporty. I drove one as a loaner for a day and was rather impressed, probably because I had a low expectation from my experience with the MDX.