Most of the competition has been redesigned in recent years, unlike the XC90, which has gone more or less unchanged for over a decade now.
However, it's remained competitive over the years–built as one of first really well-designed SUVs intended for passenger comfort over off-road use.
Both the VW Touareg and Mercedes-Benz M-Class have seen major overhauls, but only have two rows of seating.
The Touareg is more practical now for families, and the Mercedes is nicer inside than in the past, while maintaining some off-pavement prowess, too.
The BMW X5 has a small third row, but it's been completely redesigned for 2014 with major upgrades inside.
The Acura MDX is a standout when it comes to driving dynamics–it's nimble, comfortable and has a responsive powertrain.
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|2014 Volvo XC90Browse Used Listings||2014 Acura MDXBrowse Used Listings||2014 BMW X5Browse Used Listings||2014 Mercedes-Benz M ClassBrowse Used Listings||2014 Volkswagen TouaregBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-6||Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Premium Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD||Standard SUV 2WD||N/A|
|FWD 4-Door||FWD 4-Door||RWD 4-Door sDrive35i||RWD 4-Door ML 350||4-Door 3.6L Sport|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility||4MOTION|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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