With a price range that starts around $34k and ranges past $50k fully loaded, the 2013 XC70 spans between mass-market crossovers and luxury wagons and crossovers, and it's less expensive than any comparable BMW, Audi, or Mercedes-Benz.
If you expand the potential models to include taller crossovers, the Lexus RX 350 and Acura MDX are strong contenders.
The Lexus is offered in a hybrid model as well, while the MDX offers strong handling and a sporty style that has aged well.
At the more affordable end of the XC70 span, the Subaru Outback should be considered as an alternative; it's not nearly as luxurious and premium-feeling inside, but it serves many of the same roles and is in the same way more of a tall-riding station wagon than a true utility vehicle.
One more alternative, the Audi Allroad, is new for 2013 and it pairs rugged exterior cues with some of the interior luxuries of Audi's larger vehicles--plus a very fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Volvo's own XC60 is more of a crossover utility vehicle in silhouette and mission but is worth a look as well.
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|17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I6||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas Flat 4||Gas I6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Station Wagons||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door Wagon 3.2L||AWD 4-Door||4-Door Wagon Prestige||FWD 4-Door||4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i||FWD 4-Door 3.2L|
|Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Wagon||Sport Utility Vehicle||Wagon||Sport Utility Vehicle||Wagon||Wagon|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Manual||Automatic w/Manual Shift|