2011 Volvo XC90 vs. Its Competition

2011 Volvo XC90 FWD 4-door I6 Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 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.
8.6
With a few notable flaws in styling and features, the 2011 Acura MDX still impresses us with its friendly handling and gutsy power.
8.4
The 2011 BMW X5 offers impressive handling and features, but lacks the styling and interior that makes competitors pop, while the X5 M offers nearly sports car levels of performance with all the utility of a standard X5.
8.6
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earns respect with neat styling riffs, shock-and-awe AMG power, and your choice of earth-saving powertrains.
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.
MSRP From    
$38,400$42,930$46,300$46,490$44,450
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 2WD4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door I6AWD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door 35iRWD 4-Door ML 3504-Door VR6 Sport
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
77555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door
Transmission    
Automatic,Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic