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2014 Volvo XC90 KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $40,615

Fair Purchase Price $37,154
Fair Market Range ($36,325 - $37,982)

Invoice $38,233
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 10/18/2013


After receiving a major update last year, the 2014 Volvo XC90 continues to stack up well against newer competitors such as the Infiniti QX60 and Audi Q7. The XC90 offers a number of innovative features, such as a 2nd-row integrated child booster cushion. It also provides seating for seven, although like many 7-passenger SUVs its 3rd-row seat is rather cramped and eats up most of the usable cargo space. However, if safety is your top priority, it's worth noting that the XC90 was awarded a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

You'll Like This Car If...

If safety trumps fancy features and raw power, the 2014 Volvo XC90 is one of the safest and most tested 7-passenger crossover SUVs you can buy.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need space for people and cargo, the XC90's diminutive cargo space with the 3rd-row seat in place won't impress you. Those who prefer lots of power to tow or just move quickly won't be impressed, either.

What's New for 2014

After a major refresh last year, the 2014 Volvo XC90 sees only a few changes to options packages and styling. Most notable is a fold-flat front-passenger seat, standard on the R-Design and optional on the 3.2.

Driving It Driving Impressions

We were pleasantly surprised by the 2014 Volvo XC90's strong on-road driving characteristics. Stability is impressive for such a tall vehicle, an attribute we chalk up to the partnership between the XC90's sophisticated Roll Stability Control (RSC) and the vehicle's wide stance at the wheels. Given its eight inches of ground clearance, we expected more body roll in the curves, but the XC90 happily disagreed. It moves through turns with assuredness and delivers good feedback via the thick-rimmed steering wheel. A Haldex viscous-coupling all-wheel-drive (AWD) system splits the engine's torque between the front and rear axles. When not in use, the majority of the engine's power flows to the front wheels resulting in better fuel economy. When wheel slippage does occur, power is distributed to the wheels with the best traction. Once traction is regained, the system reverts back to its front-wheel-drive (FWD) mode.

Favorite Features

CENTER BOOSTER CUSHION
The 2nd-row middle seat features an integrated booster cushion that provides proper seatbelt and head-restraint protection for smaller children. If the booster seat is no longer necessary, simply fold and stow the cushion for a conventional 2nd-row seating configuration.

NIVOMAT SELF-LEVELING REAR SUSPENSION
To help mitigate rear suspension squat and instability due to heavy loads, the XC90 R-Design utilizes self-leveling rear shock absorbers. The result is improved aerodynamics, consistent tire wear, a proper headlight angle and increased vehicle control.


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