The 2017 Volvo XC90 follows its own path while competing against Japanese and German prestige utility vehicles.
The result is a sensible, understated version of luxury, Swedish style.
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.
The Audi Q7 is entirely redesigned this year; it's lighter, tech-heavy, and true to the Audi vision of sporty luxury.
That applies to the BMW X5 as well, while the Mercedes-Benz GLE (nee ML Class) is an older model that is more deliberate and heavier behind the wheel.
Both BMW and Mercedes offer low-volume plug-in hybrid models with similar ranges to the Volvo's, though the German competitors have just five seats.
There's also the aging Infiniti QX60 (nee JX), which is spacious and offers chosen luxury features.
But it falls down both in driving experience and its use of a continuously variable transmission (CVT), meaning it's just not at the level of the others.
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|20 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Standard SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Standard SUV 4WD||Standard SUV 2WD||Standard SUV 2WD|
|T5 FWD 5-Passenger Momentum||FWD||2.0 TFSI Premium||sDrive35i Sports Activity Vehicle||GLE 350 SUV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||quattro Sport Utility||Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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