Volvo XC90
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Knowing there’s (finally!) a new XC90 coming soon, Volvo is adding standard content in this model’s final year.


3.2-liter six-cylinder rated at 240 horsepower; AWD is an option.

When this Swedish seven-seater launched nearly a decade ago, it quickly found Volvo’s first V8 engine under the hood. However, as the XC90 ages, it’s become more gentrified. A modest 240-horsepower 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine is your only choice and has been for a while. It would seem to indicate that the XC’s customer base isn’t cut from the same cloth as BMW, Audi, or Mercedes-Benz buyers who seek a wider variety of propulsion with the option of more performance. The six-cylinder comes in front- or all-wheel-drive and is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. Even though the powertrains have been pared to just one offering, the R-Design sharpens up the handling for more control with 20-inch wheels, high-performance tires and sport-suspension tuning. Plenty of safety features are a part of the Volvo experience, including a stability-control system that can sense an imminent rollover and, in conjunction with traction control, adjust brakes and engine torque to help you stay shiny-side-up. Standard features include rain-sensing wipers, headlight washers, new wheel designs and body-colored bumpers and wheel arches. The options list includes satellite-based navigation, bi-xenon (high- and low-beam) headlights that swivel with the turn of the steering wheel, self-leveling suspension, dual-screen DVD entertainment system and 19-inch alloy wheels. When you venture off road or to the ski hill, rest easy knowing you have nine inches of ground clearance.

Base price (incl. destination): $40,600
Type: Four-door sport-utility vehicle
Engine (hp): 3.2-liter DOHC I6 (240)
Layout: Front-engine, front- /all-wheel-drive
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
MPG (city/hwy): 16/22 (FWD)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control
Weight (lb.): 4,650