When you want a big luxury SUV for your family, you may be surprised at how some leading models come up short. Beautifully appointed, filled with features, and great to drive, some of the highest-regarded luxury SUVs have tiny third-row seats — if they even offer space for more than five people at all. If you want a roomy BMW or Mercedes-Benz, you need a huge and wildly expensive vehicle.
Fortunately, some mid-size luxury SUVs are able to supply a high-end experience without forgetting how to fit your family inside. Two excellent options are the redesigned 2022 Acura MDX and the perennial favorite 2021 Volvo XC90. We tested both of these mid-size luxury SUVs so that we could give you a closer look at their strengths and weaknesses, and how they compare with each other. On the following pages, we examine the MDX and XC90 across eight different categories, then declare an overall winner.