2012 Volvo XC90 vs. Its Competition

2012 Volvo XC90 FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View

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.

2012 Volvo XC90 FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volvo XC90
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2011 Acura MDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View2012 Acura MDX
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2012 BMW X5 AWD 4-door 50i Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW X5
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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML3502012 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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2012 Volkswagen Touareg 4-door TDI Lux *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View2012 Volkswagen Touareg
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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.
The 2012 Acura MDX is not just comfortable and family-friendly; it's one of the most enjoyable three-row crossovers to drive.
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.
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.
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.
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Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas I6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6
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2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 4WD4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
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FWD 4-DoorAWD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door 35i4MATIC 4-Door ML 3504-Door VR6 Sport
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
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Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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