2010 Volvo XC90 vs. Its Competition

2010 Volvo XC90 FWD 4-door I6 Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2010 Volvo XC90 has some strong competition from rivals that have been updated in the past year or two.

Like the Volvo, the BMW X5 offers a small third-row seat and excellent dynamics, but suffers from a confusing interior.

The Volkswagen Touareg and Mercedes-Benz M-Class are limited to just two rows of seats, but the Mercedes-Benz offers more powerful engines if you are willing to pay the steep premium.

The Acura MDX has Honda's enviably smooth engine and transmission, along with a relatively new shape, while the Volkswagen Touareg has great off-road capability.

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8.4
The 2010 Volvo XC90 has aged gracefully and now is more feature-packed than ever; however, its poor fuel economy tarnishes an otherwise superb vehicle.
8.0
The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has dropped some of its ruggedness in favor of the comfort suburban families want—but it's still not quite a rival to luxury-brand utes.
8.6
The 2010 Acura MDX still finds ways to improve—though the new grille, steering feel, and USB/Bluetooth omissions are out of character.
8.6
Though it's far from cheap, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns our kudos with hip styling riffs, shock-and-awe AMG power, and your choice of earth-saving powertrains.
MSRP From   
$37,700$44,450$42,230$45,700
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door I64-Door VR6 SportAWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door ML 350
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
7575
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
Transmission   
Automatic,AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic