2012 Volvo XC70 vs. Its Competition

2012 Volvo XC70 AWD 4-door Wagon 3.2L Angular Front Exterior View
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The practical 2012 Volvo XC70 competes in the increasingly crowded field of near-luxury crossovers.

Starting around $33,000, it's less expensive than anything of its size from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Volkswagen.

The reigning champion in that class is the Lexus RX line, which is newer and offers a hybrid model.

The Acura MDX is also frequently found in upscale suburbs, offering sportier styling and roadholding than the stolid Volvo.

The XC70 may compete with the upper end of the even-more-practical Subaru range, though the 2012 Subaru Tribeca is nearing the end of its life and falling behind the curve on features.

But the most likely competition for the XC70 is its XC60 crossover sibling.

Newer, better looking, and chronically in short supply, the XC60 has been a smash success as Volvo's first mid-size crossover.

The XC70, based on a station wagon no longer sold here, offers many of the same abilities but is older, less stylish, and within $500 of the same price.

2012 Volvo XC70 AWD 4-door Wagon 3.2L Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volvo XC70Browse Used Listings2011 Acura MDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View2012 Acura MDXBrowse Used Listings2012 Lexus RX 3502012 Lexus RX 350Browse Used Listings2012 Subaru Tribeca 4-door 3.6R Limited Angular Front Exterior View2012 Subaru TribecaBrowse Used Listings2011 Volvo XC60 FWD 4-door 3.2L Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volvo XC60Browse Used Listings
Quick Specs
8.2
The 2012 Volvo XC70 crossover offers safety and wagon-based practicality; it's a useful alternative to taller, blockier crossovers and sport-utility vehicles.
8.2
The 2012 Acura MDX is not just comfortable and family-friendly; it's one of the most enjoyable three-row crossovers to drive.
8.0
A safe luxury-crossover choice for many good reasons, the 2012 Lexus RX 350 offers a serene driving experience and lots of cool tech features.
8.0
The 2012 Subaru Tribeca has excellent all-weather handling and top-notch safety, though it's fallen behind the curve in features and interior appointments.
8.6
The 2012 Volvo XC60 is an attractive, well-designed family luxury vehicle, with a class-leading roster of innovative safety and tech features.
MSRP From    
$32,950$43,030$39,075$30,595$33,300
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas Flat 6Gas I6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
AWD 4-Door Wagon 3.2LAWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door4-Door 3.6R PremiumFWD 4-Door 3.2L
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
57575
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
5 Door Wagon4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility5 Door Wagon
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2012 Volvo XC70 vs. 2012 Acura MDX2012 Volvo XC70 vs. 2012 Lexus RX 3502012 Volvo XC70 vs. 2012 Subaru Tribeca2012 Volvo XC70 vs. 2012 Volvo XC60