2016 Volvo XC70 vs. Its Competition

2014 Volvo XC70

The 2016 Volvo XC70 Cross Country can soar above $50,000, despite its base price of about $35,000.

That puts the wagon-based crossover up against everything from luxury SUVs to mainstream crossovers.

It's certainly less expensive than the German entries of the same size from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, which may make it a more direct competitor for the Acura MDX and Lexus RX.

And it probably competes with the smaller but more stylish Volvo XC60 crossover next to it on showroom floors.

The Audi Allroad is the most wagon-like competitor, because it's based on the A4 wagon—but it's tighter inside, if more fun to drive.

The Acura MDX is on the sporty end of the segment, with a more high-tech appeal, and the Lexus RX that defined the luxury crossover segment is all-new this year and likely a very effective entry.

Finally, the Subaru Outback may be closest in character and assets to the XC70, but it's newer and has steadily eaten into Volvo's traditional market for sturdy, unpretentious wagons.

Even the priciest Outback with every option will only take you into the low end of the XC70's price range.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Volvo XC70 Cross Country is the brand's last wagon-based crossover, a tough and utilitarian vehicle—but despite new fuel-efficient powertrains, the design is starting to show its age.
The 2016 Acura MDX remains one of the best luxury three-row SUVs, but the benefits of its new nine-speed automatic are unclear.
Tough, go-anywhere capability can go together with a streamlined wagon design, class-leading safety, and a comfortable ride: The 2016 Subaru Outback is a conceptual mashup that's better than the sum of its parts.
The 2016 Volvo XC60 remains a luxury-SUV contender, though a plethora of powertrains and options can take the $36,000 base price well over $50,000.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door Wagon T5 Drive-EFWD 4-Door4-Door Wagon 2.5iFWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
WagonSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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