The XC60 vs the XC90

While these two SUVs come from the same family, how do they compare amongst themselves? The XC60 is a luxury compact SUV, while the XC90 is a luxury midsize SUV, and both offer great things for individuals or families. But which has the edge over the other near Tacoma?


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How do they Compare on Performance

Performance-wise, the XC60 features an inter-cooled turbo premium unleaded I-4 engine, 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque with an automatic transmission. It receives an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway fuel economy. Front-wheel drive is standard. Overall, the XC60 has good acceleration and ample power. While this vehicle prioritizes comfort, it is still fun to drive around town, and it feels poised on turns and winding roads, absorbing road imperfections with ease.

The XC90 is largely the same in terms of performance; however, it receives an estimated 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is slightly different. Like the XC60, the XC90 has crisp and responsive steering, making it fairly stable, composed around turns and winding roads near Puyallup, and is good at maneuvering in tight spaces. There is confident stopping power in the brakes as well.

When it comes to towing, both have an optional trailer hitch receiver. The XC60 can carry up to 3,500 pounds, while the XC90 can carry up to 4,000 pounds when properly equipped.

How About the Interior?

When it comes to each car's interior, both feature good space and a nice interior. The XC60 can seat up to five people, with both rows of spacious seats that provide ample room for adult passengers. There is 17.8 cubic-feet of space behind the second row and 63.6 cubic-feet of space if the second row folds down in terms of cargo space.

The XC90 outdoes the XC60 when it comes to space, allowing up to seven people to fit inside near Federal Way. Those seats are comfortable and spacious even for taller adults, and the front seats provide good visibility of the road. For cargo space, there is 12.6 cubic-feet of cargo space behind the third row, 35.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and 65.5 cubic feet behind the first row, barely edging out the XC60.

Both feature the same list of entertainment features, including but not limited to a Wi-Fi hotspot, smart device integration, and HD Radio. When it comes to heating and cooling features, both have climate control, dual-zone A/C, and regular A/C; however, only the XC90 comes with rear A/C. The XC60 comes with optional leather seats, while the XC90 comes with optional premium synthetic seats.

How do the Safety Features Compare?

In terms of safety features, both feature the same list near Bellevue. Features like, but are not limited to, brake assist, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, child safety locks, blind-spot monitoring, and traction control.

However, when it comes to advanced safety features, the two differ. The XC60 provides parallel and perpendicular park assist, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, distance alerts, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, and a pilot assist. The XC90 comes with a surround-view parking camera system and a head-up display, but the only other available advanced feature is the hands-free park assist.

The Overall Comparison

Both the XC60 and XC90 have very similar features and handling overall, making them very similar to each other, though that is expected. Those looking for more may be more interested in the XC90, with its good cargo space and roomy seats. For those looking for a good vehicle for everyday driving, the XC60 is the better choice. Interested in either one or both? Come in for a test drive today near Fife.

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