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Sure, these luxury people-haulers share a lot in common. They offer tons of premium features, have comfortable interiors with seating for plenty of passengers and even provide industry-leading safety should the unfortunate happen out on the road.
But underneath their upscale bodies is where these vehicles differ the most. Starting with the Acura, it features a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 290 horses and 267 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission for enhanced performance and efficiency. This is the only powertrain available with the exception of a Sport Hybrid variant.
Now, in addition to this, the MDX is also available with either front- or all-wheel drive. The latter is of the Acura brand’s Super Handling variety, which can apportion torque to each rear wheel differently to help this crossover feel sportier.
Moving on to the Volvo, it offers a range of engine options, but the most powerful non-hybrid version is the T6 option. The heart of this system is a heavily boosted four-cylinder engine.
Displacing just 2.0-liters, this unit is both turbo- and supercharged for impressive performance. The belt-driven blower-kicks in at low RPM to bolster torque production, but as RPM increase it hands off to the turbo, which provides lots of peak boost.
The result of this teamwork is 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This mighty little engine is matched exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
As for pricing, it’s another thing these two vehicles have in common. A base T6 version of the XC90 starts at less than $54,000 out the door. The MDX is a little bit more affordable than its Swedish rival. An all-wheel-drive version with the optional tech package is about four-grand cheaper.
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