Who wins in the Mid-sized SUV Market? Volvo!
The numbers are in Volvo’s favor when we arrive at the mid-sized SUV market, although only due to attrition: Subaru no longer offers a mid-sized SUV. As a result, Volvo wins handily with both the 2-row XC60 and the 3-row XC90. Both crossovers feature good moderate frontal, side, and roof scores, as well as good small overlap scores and superior front crash prevention scores. That said, the XC90 definitely stands out above the XC60 in two ways. The first involves side impact collision resistance. While both vehicles are among the best SUVs you can be in if you’re about to be t-boned, the XC90 is the best vehicle currently available in the United States, with an impact-resistance score of 26 cm. The XC60 comes in at 22 cm–still very impressive, but definitely behind the XC90.
The second area where the XC90 proves itself over the XC60 is in the realm of front crash prevention. With the optional Technology package that included collision warning and full auto brake, the XC90 was capable of avoiding a collision from 25 mph. The XC60, however, wasn’t as capable, and only reduced the impact speed by 13 mph, meaning it hit the test vehicle in front of it at 12 mph. Overall, the XC90 is the better SUV between the two.
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