If you're researching three-row luxury SUVs near Tampa, you've likely looked into the 2022 Acura MDX and Volvo XC90. Both SUVs are large premium crossovers that combine refined looks, upscale amenities, and powerful performance. But which one is right for you and your family? To help you decide, the team at Maus Acura of North Tampa has put together this in-depth comparison of the two luxury vehicles.


Redesigned for premium performance, the all-new 2022 MDX offers a 290-HP V-6 tamed by a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. The ultra-rigid body, all-new double-wishbone front suspension, available 20-inch wheels, and available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive allow for adrenaline-inducing performance.

While the 2021 Volvo XC90 is a worthy competitor, unfortunately, it falls short on performance when compared to the MDX. The Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 engine puts out a lackluster 250-HP and 258 lb-ft of torque - all handled with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Sadly, the XC90 just isn't a performance SUV.

Interior Design

Refined and designed around the driver's needs, the spacious cabin is all about craftsmanship. Beautiful materials such as open-pore wood, aluminum accents, and available full-grain Milano leather make the MDX a high-end experience for the driver and passengers alike. The standard heated seats and 139.1 cu. ft. of passenger space only add to the comfort. Got stuff? Not a problem! The MDX has 95 cu. ft. of cargo volume to the front row!

The XC90 is simple and sophisticated, but sometimes that translates to "boring." So, if you're looking for the wow factor, unfortunately, you won't find it in this vehicle. In regards to space and capacity, the XC90 only offers 103.8 cu. ft. of passenger space and 65.5 cu. ft. of cargo volume. The heated seats are available, but it'll cost you.


Let's just say the technology in the MDX is so impressive that it's almost like a cockpit. The HD Center Display, called the 12.3 Virtual Cockpit Digital Instrument Cluster, centralizes your driving information so you can keep your eyes on the road and enjoy the driving experience. Other notable technology features include:

  • Amazon Alexa Built-In
  • AcuraLink
  • Android Auto Integration
  • Apple CarPlay® Integration
  • ELS STUDIO 3D Premium Audio System
  • AcuraLink® Connected Services

While the XC90 has its fair share of standard technology features, it doesn't have a Bluetooth connection and the premium audio system is offered as an available upgrade.

Safety Features

The 2022 MDX is equipped with AcuraWatch that includes a suite of innovative safety and driver-assist technologies that enhance driver awareness, avoid collisions, and mitigate the severity of an impact. Standard safety and driver-assist features include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Traffic Jam Assist 

Volvo has been long known for safety, and it certainly doesn't disappoint with the 2021 XC90. However, the Cross-Traffic Alert is a key feature missing from its safety and driver-assist technology suite.

Check out the 2022 Acura MDX at Maus Acura of North Tampa!

Interested in seeing what the 2022 Acura MDX is all about? Visit Maus Acura of North Tampa to schedule a test drive! We proudly serve drivers in Brandon, Clearwater, Largo, and St. Petersburg. Contact us today at (813) 535-6287!

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Maus Acura of North Tampa

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