2013 Volvo XC90 vs. Its Competition

2013 Volvo XC90
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Unlike the XC90, which has remained essentially the same for a decade, most of the XC90's rivals have been recently redesigned.

That said, it remains competitive, as it was very advanced for its time and one of the first well-designed large crossovers geared more for passenger use than off-road cred.

The BMW X5 offers a small third-row seat but excellent dynamics.

The Volkswagen Touareg and Mercedes-Benz M Class are both limited to just two rows of seats, but both have seen major redesigns.

The Mercedes-Benz M Class in particular is more refined than previous versions while still offering some off-road ability.

The latest Touareg loses some weight and becomes more practical for family use.

For those who want a more nimble driving feel, the Acura MDX is the standout; it handles well and has a smooth, responsive powertrain.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Volvo XC90 isn't cutting-edge in any way, but it's a smart, upscale pick for families who want to be comfortable and safe.
The 2013 Acura MDX is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable vehicles to drive, if you must have three rows of seats.
While it's not as fresh-faced as some of the competition, the 2013 BMW X5 continues to shine in utility, comfort, driving, and, in the X5 M, shockingly high performance.
For families who want off-road or towing ability, but not a third row of seats, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class is one of the most enjoyable, secure utility-vehicle picks.
The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg delivers good performance and a luxurious interior--although it's a mainstream brand asking for a luxury-vehicle price.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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