2013 Volvo XC60 vs. Its Competition

2013 Volvo XC60
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Volvo didn't have an entry in this segment of compact and not-quite-mid-size crossovers until just a few years ago, but it got this one right on first arrival.

And although the Volvo badge might not have quite the luster of German luxury legends, it matches up solidly against the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, as well as the Land Rover LR2, Acura RDX, and Infiniti EX35.

The BMW X3 was much improved in its latest iteration, with a far better interior and smoother ride; although packaging remains quite tight.

The Audi Q5 also feels a bit smaller inside, although its four-cylinder engine is very fuel-efficient and it handles better than the XC60.

The Acura RDX makes a major about-face for 2013 with a new V-6 engine and more conservative interior feel replacing the peaky turbo and techno-infused cabin look of the last generation.

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.

Finally, the Land Rover LR2 is worth considering, though it's more of an off-road-focused take on a family crossover.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Volvo XC60 carries on the tradition of Volvo wagons--even their top-of-the-class safety--only in a modern, fashion-conscious crossover.
The 2013 Acura RDX improves on the sporty crossover theme with refined ride quality, more features, and better fuel economy.
The 2013 Audi Q5 is one of the more carlike crossovers, with elegant execution, smart high-tech features, and very good passenger space.
The BMW X3 is a great-looking crossover, with a spacious, versatile, and classy interior; and with the introduction of a new base turbo four for 2013 in the xDrive28i, it gets better mileage with no compromise in performance.
An urbane crossover with real SUV heritage behind it, the 2013 Land Rover LR2 makes street driving more interesting this year with turbo power.
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Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas I6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4
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4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 4WD
Style Name    
AWD 4-Door 3.2LFWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door xDrive28iAWD 4-Door
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
WagonSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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