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2012 Volvo XC90 vs. Its Competition

 
2012 Volvo XC90 FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View
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Most of the main rivals to the XC90 have received extensive redesigns just over the past year or two.

Like the Volvo, the BMW X5 offers a small third-row seat and excellent dynamics.

The Volkswagen Touareg and Mercedes-Benz M-Class are limited to just two rows of seats, but both have seen major redesigns; the Mercedes-Benz is much more refined than previous versions while still offering some off-road ability, and the Touareg loses some weight and becomes more practical for family use.

The Acura MDX has a smooth, responsive powertrain and handles surprisingly well.

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With seating for up to seven and safe, secure performance, the 2012 Volvo XC90 remains a smart pick for those who want an upscale yet family-oriented vehicle.
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The 2012 Acura MDX is not just comfortable and family-friendly; it's one of the most enjoyable three-row crossovers to drive.
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It doesn't pop with the styling or interior plushness of its competitors, but the 2012 BMW X5 has the powerful X5 M and frugal diesel up its sleeve.
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The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class is improved in nearly way, and remains one of the most luxurious and secure choices for families not needing a third row of seats.
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The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg offers refined powertrains, excellent interior comfort, as well as a luxurious feel--although it carries a luxury-class price tag for a mainstream brand.
MSRP From    
$38,400$43,030$47,500$48,990$43,375
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 4WD4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
AWD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door Advance/Entertainment Pkg *Ltd Avail*AWD 4-Door 35i4MATIC 4-Door ML3504-Door VR6 Sport
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll 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    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift
 
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