2014 Volvo XC90 vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
The 2014 Volvo XC90 is a luxurious, smart choice for families with priorities on safety and comfort, though it isn't exactly cutting-edge anymore.
The 2014 Acura MDX is more focused than ever on its mission of keeping the entire family comfortable, content, and entertained—and yes, that still includes the driver.
The 2014 BMW X5 lightens up its look and its act with a warmer cabin, lots of techno handling tricks, and standout safety gear.
For active families who need to tow a boat or occasionally head off-pavement–but don't need a third row–the 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML is an excellence vehicle choice.
The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg is an expensive way to purchase a mainstream brand's vehicle, but it's more luxurious than many of its mainstream competitors.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Standard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 4WDStandard SUV 2WDN/A
Style Name    
FWD 4-DoorFWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door sDrive35iRWD 4-Door ML 3504-Door 3.6L Sport
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport Utility4MOTION
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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