2011 Volvo XC60 vs. Its Competition

2011 Volvo XC60 FWD 4-door 3.2L Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Volvo XC60 is the Swedish car company's first foray into the compact crossover segment—the same niche that includes the BMW X3, Land Rover LR2, Acura RDX, and Infiniti EX35.

Happily, the Volvo entry is one of the handsomest of the bunch, comes standard with all-wheel drive and surprising off-road specs, and adds to the brand's reputation for safety with a new twist.

The Volvo XC60 hammers home the point of driver safety, with an elegant, sophisticated style.

The same can be said for the Audi Q5, which marries that automaker's sleek shapes with the running gear of a Volkswagen Tiguan and V-6 power.

Other luxury brands go more sporting with their compact crossovers; the Acura RDX is a turbocharged wagon with a techno-infused interior, not much cargo space and a whizzy, nervous appeal.

The Infiniti EX35 takes the all-wheel-drive version of the handsome G37 sedan, gives it a sexy rear end, and mostly forgets about utility in the name of crisp handling.

2011 Volvo XC60 FWD 4-door 3.2L Angular Front Exterior View2011 Volvo XC60
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2011 Acura RDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View2011 Acura RDX
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2011 Audi Q5 quattro 4-door 3.2L Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View2011 Audi Q5
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2011 Infiniti EX35 RWD 4-door Journey Angular Front Exterior View2011 INFINITI EX35
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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2011 Volvo XC60 offers top in-car tech and luxury features, in a secure package that's big enough for small families.
7.8
The 2011 Acura RDX is delightfully frisky and nimble, but it doesn't feel as lavish as other luxury crossovers.
8.6
The 2011 Audi Q5 is one of the best upscale picks in a compact crossover, thanks to its sleek lines, practical interior, responsive feel, and city-savvy size.
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MSRP From   
$32,900$32,895$35,200$35,200
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station Wagon
Style Name   
AWD 4-Door 3.2L w/MoonroofFWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumRWD 4-Door
Drivetrain   
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll wheel driveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
5 Door Wagon4 Door4dr SUV4 Door SUV
Transmission   
Automatic,Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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