The 2016 Volvo XC90 is now squarely aimed at German and Japanese prestige brands, but it charts its own course in providing a quiet, undemonstrative Swedish version of luxury.
The Audi Q7 is all-new for 2016, and offers a plug-in hybrid version just as the XC90 does; we’ve not yet driven the new Q7.
The BMW X5 is about to be updated halfway through its model life, and will also add a plug-in hybrid—but it only offers five seats.
The five-seat Mercedes GLE is a mid-cycle update of the former ML Class; it too adds a plug-in hybrid version as well, but remains heavier and more deliberate behind the wheel.
The seven-seat Acura MDX has been a strong competitor in the near-luxury segment for years, and is priced slightly lower than its competitors.
Finally, the Infiniti QX60 (nee JX) offers practical space and carefully chosen luxury features, but its driving experience and continuously variable transmission (CVT) aren’t up to the level of the others.
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|2016 Volvo XC90Browse Used Listings||2017 Audi Q7Browse Used Listings||2016 Acura MDXBrowse Used Listings||2016 BMW X5Browse Used Listings||2016 INFINITI QX60Browse Used Listings||2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Premium Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Standard SUV 2WD||Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Standard SUV 2WD|
|FWD 4-Door T5 Momentum||2.0 TFSI Premium||FWD 4-Door||RWD 4-Door sDrive35i||FWD 4-Door||RWD 4-Door GLE 350|
|Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||quattro Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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