2014 Volvo XC90

 
2014 Volvo XC90
 
2014 Volvo XC90
 

2014 Volvo XC90

MSRP 
$40,625
Invoice 
$38,743
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 25 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.2 L Regular Unleaded I-6, 240 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 7
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Volvo XC90 occupies a spot in a competitive luxury SUV class that includes the Acura MDX, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Amid the segment, the XC90 offers loads of standard comfort and safety features. At $40,395, the XC90 is priced lower than most of the competition and Volvo's 10-year/100,000-mile rust warranty is impressive.

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What's New For 2014

The XC90 is essentially unaltered for 2014, maintaining its competitive pricing and plentiful safety features that have made it successful amongst mid-sized luxury SUVs.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2014 Volvo XC90

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Dstc/RSC Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Rear Parking Sensors
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Power Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: HD AM/FM w/Single Disc CD Player -inc: high performance audio w/AUX, MP3, 4 x 40 W, 8 speakers, iPod/USB function in IAM, remote control for audio/telephone in steering wheel, Bluetooth integrated interface w/audio streaming and Sirius satellite radio w/complimentary 6-month subscription
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Radio Data System
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Regular Amplifier
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 18" x 7.5" THALIA Alloy
    • Tires: P235/60/R18 AS -inc: Continental, Michelin
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Metal-Look Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Metal-Look Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Bodyside Moldings, Body-Colored Bodyside Cladding, Black Wheel Well Trim and Body-Colored Fender Flares
    • Chrome Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Composite/Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Chrome Grille
    • Front License Plate Bracket
    • Liftgate/Tailgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Front And Rear Fog Lamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Washer and Delay-Off
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: power driver seat w/memory and power passenger seat
    • Front Seats w/Leatherette Back Material and Manual Driver Lumbar
    • 8-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Lumbar Support
    • 8-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Lumbar Support
    • 40-20-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat w/1 Integrated Child Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • 7 Person Seating Capacity
    • Fixed Bucket Bucket Leather 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Fold Into Floor, 2 Manual and Adjustable Head Restraints
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Interior Trim -inc: Aluminum Instrument Panel Insert, Aluminum Console Insert and Aluminum Interior Accents
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins and Audio Media Storage
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Anti-Whiplash Fixed Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest w/Storage
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.2L I6 240 HP -inc: In-line, transversely mounted, ULEV II Emission System
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Geartronic Automatic -inc: Adaptive Shift
    • GVWR: 6,080 lbs
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Geartronic Sequential Shift Control
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 4.06 Axle Ratio
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 180 Amp Alternator
    • 600CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Towing w/Harness
    • 2 Skid Plates
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Hydraulic Power-Assist Steering
    • 21.1 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Electric Parking Brake

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.2
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.1
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - 79.4
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 49.3
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - 22.5
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 44.4
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 34.3
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 85.1
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 43.3
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 8.8
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 600
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 180
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-6
    • Displacement - 3.2 L/195
    • Fuel System - MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 240 @ 6200
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 236 @ 3200
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 112.6
    • Length, Overall (in) - 189.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 76.2
    • Height, Overall (in) - 70.2
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 64.3
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 63.9
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 8.6
    • Liftover Height (in) - 31.1
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 21.1
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 44.5
    • Passenger Capacity - 7
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 100.9
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.7
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 58.3
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.4
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.4
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 34.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57.4
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 54.1
    • Third Head Room (in) - 35.5
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 30.1
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 54.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 19
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 16
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 25
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 40
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Volvo XC90
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P235/60HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/60HR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 3970
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 397
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 3970
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 596
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 3970
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.15
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.37
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.56
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.16
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.86
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.69
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.39
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.06
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 9.6 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4665
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2014 Volvo XC90 Photos & Colors

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  • Black Stone Caspian Blue Metallic Crystal White Pearl Electric Silver Metallic Ember Black Metallic Flamenco Red Metallic Ice White Savile Gray Metallic Twilight Bronze Metallic
  • Black Stone
  • Caspian Blue Metallic
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Electric Silver Metallic
  • Ember Black Metallic
  • Flamenco Red Metallic
  • Ice White
  • Savile Gray Metallic
  • Twilight Bronze Metallic

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Introduction

The Volvo XC90 got fresh styling and a revised interior for the 2013 model year, the most significant updates since the seven-passenger SUV was launched as a 2003 model. The XC90’s appearance was previously freshened for 2007, and sporty R-Design models joined the lineup for 2009. Because it’s been in the Swedish automaker’s lineup for so many years without a full redesign, Volvo’s largest sport-utility is dated, compared to rival premium-level SUVs.

For 2014, Executive C-pillar emblems and floor mats are added to the XC90 3.2, and 19-inch Galateia alloy wheels are newly optional. A folding front passenger seat is added to the Premium Plus model, which loses its Sovereign Hide soft leather seating surfaces (now an option). Premium Plus trim equipment now is standard on the XC90 R-Design, which features a folding front passenger seat, digital compass, Homelink remote garage door opening, and grocery bag holder.

Each XC90 comes standard with leather upholstery, a power glass sunroof, rear park assist and third-row climate control. An integrated center booster cushion adds versatility to the second-row seat and eliminates the challenges associated with installing a separate child seat.

2014 XC90 Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels are swathed in Sovereign hide soft leather seating surfaces and red wood inlays. A red wood steering wheel is available for XC90 Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels.

The 2014 XC90 R-Design features a fully color-coordinated exterior plus LED daytime running lights and taillights. Ixion alloy 19-inch wheels amplify its sporting appeal. The R-Design features a sport-tuned suspension and steering for an enhanced driving character, plus a unique R-Design grille, leather seating surfaces with embossed R-Design logo on the front seats, an R-Design steering wheel, watch dial instruments and floor mats.

The Volvo XC90 is available only with a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine. Developing 240 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, the 2014 Volvo XC90’s six-cylinder engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2014 Volvo XC90 are 16/22 mpg City/Highway, or 19 mpg Combined for front-wheel drive models; and 18 mpg Combined for all-wheel drive.

We’ve found that the XC90 rides comfortably, handles well and is easy to park. It boasts more cargo space than many competitors. Its tow rating of 3,970 pounds is enough to haul light boat trailers, personal watercraft and snowmobiles, but not cars and horses.

The optional all-wheel drive works smoothly, without penalty in fuel economy, and it’s truly welcome when the weather gets foul. Buyers who don’t need all-wheel drive can choose an XC90 with front-wheel drive.

Competitors to the Volvo XC90 include the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX 350 and the Volkswagen Touareg. Good value alternatives include the Buick Enclave, Ford Flex and Hyundai Santa Fe. Volvo buyers might also consider the XC70, which features a more contemporary design in a slightly smaller, sportier package.

Lineup

Volvo XC90 comes with a 3.2-liter inline-6 and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive (AWD) is optional ($2,000).

XC90 3.2 ($39,700) includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats with driver-seat memory settings and lumbar adjustment, 40/20/40-split second-row seats with built-in center child booster seat, a 50/50-split third-row seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control, a trip computer, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. The eight-speaker audio system includes a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, and an iPod/USB port. Each XC90 also comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated mirrors, a sunroof, roof rails, rear privacy glass, rear parking sensors and keyless entry.

Premier Plus trim ($41,200) adds adaptive xenon headlights, a red wood-trimmed gearshift knob and inlays, a folding front passenger seat, and a rearview mirror with built-in compass. The Platinum model ($43,900) adds a rearview camera, navigation with real-time traffic info and a premium 12-speaker, 650-watt Dolby Pro-Logic II surround-sound audio system.

XC90 3.2 R-Design ($42,700) includes 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, a sport-tuned suspension and steering, a self-leveling rear suspension, unique exterior and interior styling cues, distinctive leather upholstery, unique gauges and a sport steering wheel. Also includes are a folding front passenger seat, digital compass, and Homelink remote garage door opener. Premier Plus is now the standard trim level. The R-Design also is available in Platinum trim ($45,400), featuring a navigation system with real-time traffic and a 650-watt, 12-speaker Dolby Pro-Logic II surround-sound audio system.

Options for the XC90 include a Climate Package ($700) with heated front seats and an Interior Air Quality System; a rear-seat DVD system with two headrest-mounted eight-inch color screens ($1,800); and a Blind spot monitoring system ($700).

Safety features on all models include dual-stage frontal and side-impact airbags for front passengers, and curtain-type head-protection airbags for all outboard seats. A rollover protection system senses an impending vehicle rollover, tightens the seatbelts and deploys the curtain airbags. The seats feature Volvo’s Whiplash Protection System, which moves them back and downward if the vehicle is hit from behind, reducing neck snap. Rear park assist is standard on all models. Active safety features include advanced four-channel antilock brakes, an electronic stability program, and Roll Stability Control, which uses a gyroscopic sensor to reduce the possibility of a rollover by applying brakes and modulating engine power. The 2014 Volvo XC90 earned Top Safety Pick Plus from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a lobbying organization for the insurance industry.

Walkaround

The Volvo XC90 looks like a Volvo SUV should. For 2013, XC90 got color-coordinated exterior trim and silver highlights around the front bumper and taillights. The mirrors on the XC90 3.2 are finished in silk matte. The XC90 3.2 R-Design gets full exterior color coordination.

XC90’s angular styling says old-school Volvo. In side view, the XC90’s roofline rakes upward dramatically from the windshield to a high horizontal plane, with the arc of the top echoed by the curve of the roof rails. A high beltline enhances the typical visual image of a tall SUV, and creates the feeling of a protective cocoon inside. The rear glass is inclined toward the front of the vehicle, which shortens the roofline a bit and tidies the profile.

Its basic stance gives the XC90 a well-planted look and promotes handling stability. Its wheelbase is long, but the overhangs are short, so the body doesn’t extend very far past the wheels. It has a wide track as well. Despite its height, the XC90 has a lower center of gravity than many SUVs.

All XC90s feature side mirrors with integrated LCD turn signals to warn drivers in your blind spot of your intentions. Active bi-xenon headlights are available, which generate brighter light and swivel up to 15 degrees off center in the direction of travel to better light up the turns.

The rear hatch is split into two sections, with a larger, upper glass portion that swings up and a lower, steel gate that drops down. The split-line between the two is about waist high, so if you’re just stowing the groceries or dry cleaning, you might not need to drop the tailgate. Larger objects require opening both halves, so this clamshell hatch has its strength and weaknesses. On the plus side, the upper glass liftgate lifts and closes easily, and because it’s smaller, it’s less likely to bonk you or someone else on the head when you raise or lower it. Liftgates on some SUVs are hard to raise due to their weight and the angles involved, but that’s not the case here. The little tailgate also keeps groceries and other cargo from rolling out when you open the hatch.

Sporty R-Design models are dressed up with bright roof rails, additional brightwork on the front skid plate, silk-matte caps on the outside mirrors, and a racy rear bumper with quad exhausts and important-looking air outlets. By comparison, the optional Cratus 20-inchers are downright ordinary, despite the deliberately uneasy asymmetry of their own five spokes.

Interior

The XC90 is roomy and comfortable. By mounting the engine sideways (transversely) across the chassis, Volvo has created a cabin with the space and flexibility of a minivan inside a relatively compact exterior.

It requires a small step up to slide into the XC90’s driver’s seat, though well-placed grab handles make getting in easier. Those aluminum door pulls are not so effective, however. They’re fairly narrow, and seem to be made for people with little hands (in contrast to the fat steering wheel rim).

Interior materials and finish are very good. The leather upholstery is nice and the thick steering wheel is covered in rich, grippy leather. The front bucket seats are comfortable, with good, adjustable lumbar support.

Headroom in the XC90 is exceptional, thanks to the high roofline, and the big windows create a feeling of space, with excellent forward visibility. Volvo’s emphasis on safety has drawbacks in this regard, however. Large, tall headrests restrict forward visibility for passengers in the second- and third-row seats. More significantly, the headrests can reduce what the driver sees in the rearview mirror. Another minor annoyance is the perpetual reflection in the windshield from the big subwoofer in the top of the dash.

The instrument panel is canted upward toward the windshield, creating a stronger cockpit effect than one finds in the typical sport-utility vehicle. The gauges are simple and easy to read, and are illuminated in white. Window switches are on the doors, right near the fingertips when the driver’s left arm lies on the armrest, requiring no hand or wrist contortion to operate. Other controls are concentrated in one of two spots: on easy-to-use stalks flanking the steering wheel, or in the stack rising from the center console.

On the center stack, you’ll find some Volvo-specific quirks. The switches that direct airflow for the climate controls are fashioned with an icon that looks like a seated person. Push the person’s feet and all air flows through the floor vents; push the head, and air flows toward the windshield. The audio controls are even more unusual, with a twisting knob that cycles through menus and a keypad that looks like telephone buttons. They all work quite well, once a user gains some familiarity. Nearly all are large and easy to locate, even at night.

Seating and cargo arrangements inside the XC90 are enormously versatile. Six of the seven seats fold flat, including the front passenger seat, handy for hauling long items, like ladders. Equally impressive is the ease with which the seats slide, fold, change and vanish.

The second-row bench seat is split 40/20/40, and each section slides forward independently, adjusting the amount of legroom for the second and third rows. Headrests don’t have to be removed when the seats are folded flat. The console between the front seats can be easily removed, allowing the center section of the second row to slide way forward between and just behind the front buckets. With the integrated booster cushion for that seat, tending to a toddler has never been easier.

The third-row bench seats two. Getting into the third row is easier than in many SUVs, because sliding and flipping the second-row seats is a breeze. Of course, with the second row positioned for adult-sized legs, there’s only enough legroom in the third row for kids. Still, it’s a cozy and convenient little world with a storage console, cup holders, and separate climate controls and headphone jacks.

Storage for smaller items, particularly in front, is lacking, as it often is with Volvos. The door pockets are narrow and the small center console compartment is slim and difficult to access. If you slide a few CDs into the slots, there’s no more room at all.

When it comes to cargo, the XC90 can carry more stuff than many of its competitors. With all passenger seats folded down, the XC90 offers 85.1 cubic feet of cargo space, more than what’s available in the BMW X5, Acura MDX or Cadillac SRX. Even with all three rows of seats in place, there’s room in the Volvo for two or three stacked duffel bags behind the third row.

Moreover, the XC90 accommodates long objects easily. Lowering the center portion of the second-row seat opens 9.5 feet of unobstructed space between the instrument panel and the rear liftgate, and this applies with the third-row seat in place, thanks to passage space between the seatbacks. As a result, the XC90 can take four surfers and two long boards to the beach. It’s a good vehicle for trout fishing because it will accommodate rigged nine-foot fly rods, allowing the angler to move to a new spot without having to break them down.

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Driving Impressions

The Volvo XC90 is pleasant to drive, but it won’t throw you back in your seat when pushing the throttle hard. The 3.2-liter inline-6 lacks the immediate rush of acceleration generated by some higher-performing power plants, although it has enough power to haul kids and groceries around town. The torque flows evenly, meaning there is more even acceleration at any engine speed; and typically for an inline-6, it feels smooth in nearly all circumstances, from idle to full-throttle acceleration.

The 6-speed automatic transmission that comes standard on all XC90s includes a Geartronic manual shift feature that lets the driver shuttle up and down through the gears, if he or she is feeling racy. Furthermore, it can be useful for efficient shifting in hilly terrain.

Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 16/22 mpg City/Highway for all XC90 models. We averaged 20 miles per gallon in a mix of city and freeway driving.

The all-wheel drive operates seamlessly and is a good option for drivers who live in snowy and rainy climates. In normal, good-traction conditions, 95 percent of the engine’s power goes to the front wheels. If those wheels lose traction, a multi-plate clutch begins routing power to the rear, to a maximum split of 65 percent to the back tires.

The XC90 handles bumpy roads with dips and gullies well, without crashing loudly or bottoming when driven hard. It doesn’t offer the sporty handling of a BMW X5 or Infiniti FX35, but some of us prefer it. The Volvo’s power rack-and-pinion steering is on the heavy side, and not particularly quick in sharp curves, yet the XC90 doesn’t wallow or sway excessively under hard cornering. The electronic stability system stepped in a few times when we were thrashing down a particularly ornery road, and applied the brakes at one wheel without cutting engine power. It worked as intended, and helped keep the XC90 going where we intended, even while driving at a rate few owners would care to undertake.

Ride quality in the standard XC90 is very good: stiff at the wheels but not in the cabin. It doesn’t exactly absorb the ridges and bumps, because you feel the suspension working over them, but it doesn’t transfer any harshness to the arms or seat of the pants, either. Speed bumps in particular are interesting: It’s as if the suspension challenges them and hammers back, protecting us from jouncing even when we hit them at excessive speed.

The R-Design model comes with stiffer shocks, springs, and sway bars, and 19-inch wheels. This setup delivers a sharper response to steering inputs and tighter control of body motions, at the expense of some ride quality relative to the standard 3.2.

The brake pedal in the XC90 can feel a little soft until the driver gets familiar. Once that occurs, the XC90 stops smoothly and progressively, and very quickly if necessary, with no drama. All XC90s halt with substantial 13.2-inch discs up front and 12.1-inch discs in back.

Summary

The Volvo XC90 packs a lot of space into a manageably-sized vehicle that’s quiet and comfortable. Performance comes across as smooth, though less than vigorous. Fuel economy is so-so; but then, this is a relatively heavy seven-seater. XC90 is overdue for a complete redesign.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondents Sam Moses, Larry Edsall, Mitch McCullough, J.P. Vettraino and Laura Burstein contributed to this report.

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About These Prices

As you know, pricing cars is particularly complicated. One of our duties at CarQuotes.com is to help our customers comprehend this process better.

Three important prices we may show on a particular vehicle

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Price is for research purposes only. It reflects a typical, negotiated price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, license and registration, and where applicable, finance charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. The Estimated Target Price is NOT a price quote from CarQuotes.com or any other dealer. If you request a price quote from a dealer via CarQuotes.com displaying an estimated target price, your price may differ.

Invoice is commonly known as the published amount that the dealer paid the manufacturer for the vehicle. This may or may not represent a close relation to the dealer’s actual cost, but can be beneficial as a benchmark. This figure is available on many other web sites however CarQuotes.com adds an estimate of local and regional fees from manufacturer to the dealers to this price, which makes it very close to the actual invoice amount for cars at your local dealer.

MSRP is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. This is a proposed price only. For most vehicles, the CarQuotes.com price is below this amount. Some high demand cars may be priced over this amount.

Estimated Target Price

The CarQuotes.com Target Price is to be used as a general guide that reflects a typical, market price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. This price is based on our research and estimates of supply and demand in the marketplace. There are many factors that go into the final price of a particular vehicle including local supply and demand. Your final price may differ.

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Prices include

The ’base’ price of the vehicle
All options that you select
Base Destination Charges — this is a charge that is added to the base price for every vehicle
Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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