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2009 Volvo XC70 vs. Its Competition

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2009 Volvo XC70 3.2L
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Alternatives to the XC70 are mid-size crossover vehicles—those that pair the tall body of an SUV with the underpinnings of a car, such as the Lexus RX 350 and Acura MDX.

The RX 350 and MDX are both very refined with a smooth ride and good handling; the MDX feels a little sportier behind the wheel, while the RX 350 is the choice for those looking for high-tech features.

All of the vehicles mentioned have very good results in crash tests, with the MDX designated an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2009.

The 2009 Volvo XC70 is also very similar in size to Subaru’s Outback, another wagon that adds ground clearance and enough off-road ability for deep snow or rutted trails.

Compared to the XC70, the Outback starts at a much more affordable price, and while its base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine provides only modest performance, the Outback feels sportier than the XC70 with either the turbocharged or six-cylinder engine.

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The 2009 Volvo XC70 combines the body of Volvo’s large V70 station wagon with more rugged styling cues and a taller stance—resulting in a more carlike alternative to mid-size sport-utility vehicles.
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The 2009 Subaru Legacy Outback boasts more toughness than most wagons and is a good, practical alternative to tall, ungainly SUVs.
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The 2008 Acura MDX has a little more passion than most larger SUVs, with no less practicality.
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$37,250Browse Used Listings$22,295Browse Used Listings$40,195Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage  
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas I6Gas 4-CylGas V6
EPA Class  
4WD Sport Utility VehicleMid-Size Station Wagon4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
4-Door Wagon 3.2L w/Sunroof4-Door H4 Manual4WD 4-Door
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive4 Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
5dr Wagon4 Door Wagon4 Door
Automatic,ManualAutomatic w/OD
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