Volvo XC90 vs Ford Explorer & Infiniti QX60

Volvo Cars Research | Compare the Volvo XC90 to Some Tough Competition

The Mighty Volvo XC90 SUV Isn't Afraid of a Little Head-to-Head Competition-See It Take On Some Big Names & Dare to Compare

One look at today's roadways and it's plain to see, SUVs and crossovers are very in right now, and for good reason! With handsome, capable SUVs around every corner, busy families on the go have their work cut out for them when it comes to paring down the selection to the top-shelf choices. That's what we're here for, though! We've taken it upon ourselves to hand-select some of our biggest competition and show exactly why the 2017 Volvo XC90 is an all-around superior choice, even against some of the industry's biggest names, like Ford or INFINITI. Read on to see the 2017 XC90 flex its muscle, then join us in our showroom for an in-person demo.

The Main Event: Comparing the Volvo XC90 to the Ford Explorer & INFINITI QX60


2017 Volvo XC90 VS 2017 Ford Explorer

On first glance, the 2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Volvo XC90 look rather different from one another, with the XC90 featuring a sculptural body that benefits from long, clean lines and a cohesive, decidedly Scandinavian design language; whereas the 2017 Ford Explorer looks a generic and uninteresting, and when you put it right next to the XC90, it's forgettable. The differences only stack up from there:

  • If you're a fan of the environment, you might want to spend a little more time investigating the Volvo XC90 than with the Ford Explorer. The 2017 Volvo XC90 offers an efficient and powerful hybrid drivetrain for a no-compromise type of drive-efficient, powerful, and eco-friendly.
  • Volvo Safety is beyond compare, but we'll do our best to draw some parallels and contrasts. To begin, you'll see a standard rearview camera in each SUV, but only Volvo gives you the addition of ultrasonic sensors to let you know your rearward proximity to obstacles. Volvo also gives you Volvo City Safety as standard equipment, giving you a Forward Emergency Braking system capable of recognizing pedestrians, vehicles, and even cyclists. The Ford Explorer doesn't even offer a system so advanced, let alone give it to you standard.
  • Even if you don't go for the hybrid powertrain, you and your pocketbook will be glad to know the 2017 Volvo XC90 offers superior fuel economy over the Ford Explorer, even when both are equipped with their available all-wheel drive (AWD) systems; the 2017 Ford Explorer sees an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway, while the 2017 Volvo XC90 gives you 22 mpg city/25 mpg highway.

2017 Volvo XC90 VS 2017 INFINITI QX60

It doesn't bode well to say of a luxury SUV that it could really be any SUV, but that's what you get the first time you look at the 2017 INFINITI QX60, just a rotary spinning in your head trying to place its generic styling and almost unrecognizable design language with a car maker you know-Is it the Honda Pilot? Is it the Nissan Murano? These are all fair questions about the exterior of the QX60, though things do get decidedly more upscale once you actually get inside. With the 2017 Volvo XC90, however, you'll be able to tell it's a luxury SUV before ever climbing inside, and the exterior is handsome, cohesive, and distinct-no one will mistake your Volvo XC90 for some generic SUV. Even if you can get past the INFINITI QX60's bland exterior, the clear winner of this matchup remains the 2017 Volvo XC90:

  • Unlike the Ford Explorer, the 2017 INFINITI QX60 does actually offer a hybrid powertrain, but unlike the Volvo XC90 Hybrid, you might find its power offering a little subpar. The 2017 INFINITI QX60 Hybrid AWD sees 230 horsepower, which seems pretty good until you compare it to the 2017 Volvo XC90 Hybrid AWD's 313 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
  • Like the previous comparison, each SUV gives you a standard rearview camera, but only the 2017 Volvo XC90 also gives you standard rear parking sensors.
  • Not including either hybrid option, the 2017 Volvo XC90 gives you a superior fuel economy over the 2017 INFINITI QX60; you'll get an EPA-estimated 24 mph city/highway combined, while the INFINITI QX60 falls short with just 22 mpg city/highway combined.

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