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The Volvo XC90 receives a host of styling enhancements for 2013. Chrome and silver accents, along with color-keyed fender lips, adorn the exterior while a new 3-spoke steering wheel, white backlit instrument cluster and upgraded leather-seating materials round out the key interior changes.
Volvo has discontinued the optional V8 engine in the XC90, leaving the 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder as the sole choice. The 2012 XC90 is offered in two forms: 3.2 or R-Design, with additional trim levels for each that are designated Premier Plus and Platinum. Unlike other Volvos available in R-Design form, here the XC90 does not add more horsepower, but instead differentiates itself with a sport-tuned suspension and interior and exterior upgrades.
All 2012 XC90s get Bluetooth music-streaming capability and a new exterior color choice, Caspian Blue. R-Design models receive big 20-inch alloy wheels and xenon headlights.
A new trim, dubbed R-Design, is available on both the base and V8 model. It adds a unique grille, wheels, suspension upgrades and interior trim, as well as R-Design embossed leather seating. Some of Volvo's more popular options are bundled into new packages, making it easier for consumers add equipment.
With the increasing movement to smaller, more efficient vehicles, Volvo's XC90 strikes the perfect balance between car and SUV. Riding atop the previous-generation S80 chassis, the roomy and safe XC90 comes wrapped in a manageable size and equipped with a choice of a V6 or V8 engine. Although more expensive than similarly-sized vehicles from Nissan and Honda, Volvo's SUV is far more luxurious and is considered somewhat of a status symbol. Regardless of how you view the XC90, there is no arguing with the vehicle's rugged construction, all-weather capability, exemplary safety rating and strong resale value.
By Eddie (Chicago) on Tuesday, June 29, 2010
overall rating 7 of 10rating details
"Unfortunate to have bought in 2006, in between the free factory maintenance which runs approx at least 300 per 15000. Currently 44k miles have had to replace front brakes and tires on their last leg. Back brakes will be next (~800). Replaced rear tail light 3 times, easily breaks (280/ea). Bad computer software caused the car to lose gear with no acceleration - needed tow (w/in 12k miles). Air filter is special and expensive (roughly 150). A factory defect at 38k miles where the wheel hubs seized up to axle? and made loud noise as if car was in low gear..900 bucks (within maint). Windshield 1000. Lock ignition cylinder would not allow key in ignition - part from sweden, 800 bucks. Gas mileage approx 16-18 in city, 20 at best on highway. Check engine light on 3 times in past 3 months..."
32 people out of 32 found this review helpful
By Jeff (OR) on Tuesday, October 04, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 134,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Super comfortable for family roadtrips. Safest SUV around"
Cons: "Can be expensive to maintain."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"OK, so this has been a great vehicle for my wife and family but there are definitely some things to be aware of. I bought this used, and would have NEVER paid what they sell for new because it can be an expensive vehicle to own/maintain. If you can find a well maintained, used one for $10-$12K, I would definitely recommend it. When you compare the quality, comfort and safety to other 7 passenger SUV's in the same price range, it's not even close. The trade off is that repairs can be expensive, especially if it hasn't been properly cared for. Dealers and Volvo specialists sometimes want CRAZY money for minor repairs/maintenance, so I do the simple stuff myself (air filter was $30 at Shuck's and took 10 minutes to replace vs. $160 at the dealer). Mileage isn't great, but that's true of most big 7 passenger SUV's. The real benefit to me is the comfort and safety. it's hands-down the nicest car I've ever had for long road trips, and is super smooth on the highway. Make sure it's been cared for, and if the price is right, go for it."
29 people out of 29 found this review helpful
By Cathy (CO) on Friday, May 11, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Truly enjoy driving this car. This was a used, post-lease SUV, 2.5 turbo, 5 cyl, AWD, 7-seater with about 39k miles when I bought it. Now have 90k miles. i commute 70-100 mi a day. Handles very well. Turning radius is not the best but that's tolerable for me. Very comfortable and use it for everything, work, grandkids, occasional car pool, carry horse feed...except what i need my truck to haul. Gets me out of deepest snow and mud (had to replace with good tires, first). Repairs so far- sensor/computer issue cost about $400. Otherwise nave only had regular maintenance, new tires. One peeve is only Volvo dealer can do certain things like turn off a maintenance indicator. Not a big deal but a little irritating. Was rear-ended last week. The pontiac that hit me was a mess. All I had was dust scuffs on the bumper. Since I drive a lot, safety and solid handling are a priority. This car does it for me. Love it."
28 people out of 28 found this review helpful