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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|2013 Volvo XC90Browse Used Listings||2013 Acura MDXBrowse Used Listings||2013 BMW X5Browse Used Listings||2013 Mercedes-Benz M ClassBrowse Used Listings||2013 Volkswagen TouaregBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I6||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door||AWD 4-Door||AWD 4-Door xDrive35i||RWD 4-Door ML 350||4-Door VR6 Sport|
|Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift|
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