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Volvo XC90

2018
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The XC90 is a competitive three-row SUV but suffers from a bumpy ride and baffling controls. Base models use a 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine offered with front- or all-wheel drive. Our tested T6, with its 316-hp turbocharged and supercharged version, delivered decent punch and returned 20 mpg overall, but it sounds raspy. A plug-in hybrid with an electric range of about 14 miles is available. The eight-speed automatic transmission operates smoothly most of the time. Handling is commendable, but the ride is stiff; it is slightly better with the optional air suspension. The interior is quiet, plush, and modern, with super comfortable seats. But audio, phone, and navigation functions are controlled through an unintuitive touch-screen infotainment system that is frustrating to use. Volvo's semi-self-driving Pilot Assist system combines steering assistance and adaptive cruise control to try to make driving easier.
All Ratings & Reliability
2016-2017
2016 Redesign Year
Volvo XC90 2017
The XC90 SUV's best qualities include its flexible and comfortable interior, seven-passenger seating capacity, and long list of safety features. However, its high curb weight and underpowered engines detract from the driving experience. So-so fuel economy is another negative. The ride is fairly comfortable if a bit stiff, and handling is responsive and secure. The standard ESC works very well. A Yamaha-built, 4.4-liter V8 mated to a six-speed automatic brought significantly more power in 2006. For 2007 an adequately powerful 3.2-liter six-cylinder replaced the base five-cylinder engine; the V8 was dropped after 2011.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
2016 N/A N/A
2003-2015
2003 Redesign Year
Volvo XC90 2015
The XC90 SUV's best qualities include its flexible and comfortable interior, seven-passenger seating capacity, and long list of safety features. However, its high curb weight and underpowered engines detract from the driving experience. So-so fuel economy is another negative. The ride is fairly comfortable, if a bit stiff. Handling is responsive and secure. The standard ESC works very well. A Yamaha-built, 4.4-liter V8 mated to a six-speed automatic brought significantly more power in 2006. For 2007, an adequately powerful 3.2-liter six-cylinder replaced the base five-cylinder engine; the V8 was dropped after 2011. Unfortunately, Volvo held off on the redesign too long for the XC90, so by 2013, the model scored too low to be recommended. However, the 2016 redesign brought a much nicer vehicle, one we heartly endorse.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2015 N/A N/A
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2014 $19,500 - $24,600 $16,355 - $21,295
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2013 $14,925 - $19,075 $11,860 - $15,830
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2012 $11,925 - $18,025 $9,005 - $14,780
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2011 $9,325 - $13,100 $6,520 - $10,065
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2010 $7,775 - $11,450 $5,030 - $8,480
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2009 $6,425 - $11,025 $3,720 - $8,040
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2008 $5,725 - $7,750 $3,065 - $4,965
2007 $5,275 - $6,275 $2,630 - $3,585
2006 $4,575 - $6,450 $2,005 - $3,745
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2005 $4,075 - $4,900 $1,605 - $2,295
2004 $3,625 - $4,450 $1,255 - $1,905
2003 $3,650 - $4,500 $1,295 - $1,970
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