2010 Volvo XC70 vs. Its Competition

2010 Volvo XC70 4-door Wagon 3.2L Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Buyers considering the 2010 Volvo XC70 should be looking at other 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.

Both upmarket Japanese SUVs offer comparatively good refinement and ride quality, as well as carlike handling.

The MDX is the sportier of the two, while the RX 350 is good for buyers putting the greatest weight on comfort and technology.

Subaru’s Outback offer a cheaper option to the V70 and XC70.

The base Outback comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but they feel sportier than the Volvos.

The Passat Wagon is substantially more affordable than the V70, and its standard 2.0T engine is very fuel efficient.

One other interesting new alternative is the 2010 Cadillac CTS Wagon, which offers more elegance, Cadillac's uniquely American styling cues, and a wagon's versatility.

All models in this segment offer high levels of safety.

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The 2010 Volvo V70 and XC70 wagons offer lots of practicality and safety, providing buyers with an alternative to regular mid-size SUVs.
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The 2010 Acura MDX still finds ways to improve—though the new grille, steering feel, and USB/Bluetooth omissions are out of character.
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The 2010 Lexus RX 350 leaves few owners wanting more luxury or practicality, but the "passionate pursuit of perfection" could use a little more passion.
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The 2010 Subaru Outback isn’t especially swoopy or fast, and it hardly carries a luxe image. But with more interior refinement and new features, along with rutted-trail ability that sidelines tough-looking rivals, this Subaru will win more fans.
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MSRP From    
$37,950$42,230$37,625$22,995$28,395
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas 4-CylTurbocharged gas I4
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleMid-Size Station WagonMid-Size
Style Name    
4-Door Wagon 3.2L w/MoonroofAWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD SULEV *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
57555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
5 Door Wagon4 Door4-Door SUV4 Door Wagon4 Door Wgn
Transmission    
Automatic,Automatic w/ODSequential-ShiftManualAutomatic w/OD