2015 Volvo XC60 vs. Its Competition

2015 Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 was the Swedish brand's first mid-size crossover, and they really nailed it back in 2010.

With updated and sleeker front styling, superb front seats, and more fuel-efficient engines, it remains a solid competitor for the smaller crossovers from German and English luxury brands.

The Audi Q5, despite getting on in years, outhandles the XC60--and now offers a fuel-efficient diesel engine.

The well-established BMW X3 is smooth and luxurious, and handles well in its latest incarnation, but it falls down on interior room.

And the Acura RDX, recently redesigned, is more conservative to target the heart of the market.

The Infiniti QX50 (nee EX37) is so small inside as to be impractical for families, though it's far sportier and more performance-focused.

Finally, there's the Land Rover LR2, undoubtedly the most capable off road of the group, but it is now showing its age and its toughness leads to some design compromises families may not agree with.

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2014 Acura RDX2014 Acura RDX
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2014 BMW X32014 BMW X3
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Quick Specs
The 2015 Volvo XC60 crossover stays stylish--and now it gets much better gas mileage from a new four-cylinder engine.
The 2014 Acura RDX offers a relatively sporty look and driving feel, as well as a quiet, comfortable interior and top-notch safety; but features or flair it's no standout.
The 2014 Audi Q5 gets quite serious about fuel economy with TDI power; it's still one of the most elegant, truly carlike luxury crossover SUVs.
The 2014 BMW X3 is one of the sportiest-driving yet most fuel-efficient compact crossovers; and especially if you're not budget-limited you'll almost certainly be happy with its useful technology options and finely detailed cabin.
The 2014 Infiniti QX50 has the performance (and attitude) of a sport sedan, along with rich, warm cabin appointments and standout tech; but compared to almost any other crossover its interior isn't very useful behind the front seats.
The LR2 is most at home on city streets–though it's capable of playing in the dirt–and its turbocharged engine makes it all the more fun.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall Station WagonsN/A
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door T5 Drive-EFWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door xDrive28iRWD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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