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If you're not looking to carry half your kid's football team to practice and have a desire for an SUV that places safety and comfort front and center, the 2009 Volvo XC90 makes an excellent choice for the family transport.


If you're all about maximum interior space, the 2009 Volvo XC90's third-row seat is not well-suited for adults. Many families will find the V8's price tag and poor fuel economy a tough pill to swallow.

What's New For 2009

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.

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Used 2009 Volvo XC90 Expert Review

With the increasing movement to smaller, more efficient vehicles, the 2009 Volvo XC90 strikes an acceptable 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, many consider Volvo's more luxurious SUV as something 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.

Driving the Used 2009 Volvo XC90

The XC90 achieves impressive on-road performance via a combination of unique safety and stability devices. The combination of a wide stance and Volvo's Roll Stability Control (RSC) system is a big part of the reason the XC90 can perform emergency maneuvers almost like a low-slung sedan. Though blessed with over eight inches of ground clearance, you'll hardly feel it as you round corners and zip through twisting turns. All-wheel-drive models benefit from a Haldex viscous-coupling system that splits the engine's power between the front and rear axles. Under ordinary driving conditions, 95 percent of the power runs through the front wheels. Should they begin to slip, the Haldex system routes power to the rear wheels until traction at the front has been regained.

Favorite Features

Sliding Center Child Seat
The sliding center child seat allows a front-seat passenger to easily reach a child restrained in a safety seat in the second-row.

Roof Pillars
The XC90's roof pillars help protect the passenger compartment in the event of a rollover.

Used 2009 Volvo XC90 Interior

There is a lot of gray plastic and leather inside the XC90, although a smattering of wood trim helps warm things up a bit (aluminum on the R-Design). Tending towards understated, the interior is tastefully appointed and very user-friendly. There is seating for five and the option of a forward-facing third-row seat. The driver and passenger relax in a comfortable pair of bucket seats featuring built-in whiplash protection. The XC90 is loaded with crash protection features, including front side-impact airbags, a head-curtain airbag running the length of the passenger compartment and a roof design intended to better resist collapsing in the event of a rollover. You'll also find subtle touches, such as the rear-seat sliding center section that allows a child in a safety seat to be moved closer to the front-seat passenger.

Used 2009 Volvo XC90 Exterior

The 2009 Volvo XC90 looks like a bigger, taller version of the popular XC70 wagon. All the familiar Volvo styling cues are present, including the raised-V hood bulge and the elongated taillights running the length of the D-pillars. Side mirrors include integrated turn signals that automatically flash when slight pressure is applied to the turn signal stalk. The tall ride height does not translate into a tall step-up height, though, making entry and exit similar to getting in and out of a car. Volvo takes particular pride in the XC90's reinforced roof design, which can provide an added measure of security in the event of a rollover accident.

Used 2009 Volvo XC90 Standard Features

The XC90 3.2 features a six-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), stability and traction control, a tire pressure monitor, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, front and rear fog lights, illuminated remote keyless entry, dual heated power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, Volvo's Rollover Protection System, eight-way power driver's seat, front skid plate, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with touch controls, trip computer, rear wiper/washer and 17-inch alloy wheels. The V8 trim adds all-wheel drive, rear air conditioning, automatic leveling, power glass moonroof, leather seats and 18-inch alloy wheels. The R-Design package adds unique grille and trim, leather seating and 19 or 20-inch wheels depending on model.

Used 2009 Volvo XC90 Options

Options for the 3.2 trim include the Premium Package, which features a power moonroof, six-disc CD changer, power passenger seat and leather-surfaced seat trim. The Versatility Package (which requires the Premium Package) adds rear air conditioning, automatic leveling, an integrated child booster seat and a leather third-row seat. The Technology Package features Dynaudio Pro Logic II surround sound, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Active bi-xenon headlamps. Other options include Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), HDD navigation (part of the Convenience Plus Package), dual-screen rear entertainment system and 19-inch "Galateia" wheels.

Used 2009 Volvo XC90 Engine

The 3.2-liter in-line six gives the base model a nice balance between adequate power and acceptable fuel economy. It helps the big Volvo cruise up to speed quick enough for our taste, but many SUV owners just can't live without a V8. For them, the 4.4 trim level's hefty helping of torque and impressive horsepower vastly improves the performance figures. Better yet, both engines no longer require premium unleaded gasoline making it bit easier to top off the tank without breaking the bank.

3.2-liter in-line 6
235 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
236 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (FWD), 14/20 (AWD)

4.4-liter V8
311 horsepower @ 5850 rpm
325 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19

How Much Does the Used 2009 Volvo XC90 Cost?

The XC90's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) ranges from around $38,000 for the front-drive 3.2, to a high of around $59,000 for a loaded V8 R-Design. Competitors (such as, for example, the Buick Enclave) may feature more interior room and a lower price, but do not offer a V8 engine. Similarly-equipped models from Volkswagen, Cadillac and Infiniti fall within the same price range as the XC90. Although a popular vehicle, there is still room for negotiation on the bottom line, so be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price which shows the typical transaction price buyers are paying in your area. The XC90 retains good resale value, a bit below the BMW X5, Buick Enclave and Acura MDX, on par with the Volkswagen Touareg 2 and better than the Cadillac SRX and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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Used 2009 Volvo XC90 Consumer Reviews


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2007 Volvo XC90

"Been good to me."

Great value
I’d say possibly noisy?
For the price, this has been a great SUV. We let the dog jump in it, and aren’t worried about messing it up. It’s been great to us.
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2007 Volvo XC90

"Very reliable, extremely comfortable"

Safe, comfy, reliable
Gas mileage only 15-20 mpg
The AWD makes this car amazing when driving in the snow. Excellent road security and quiet ride as well. I love this car!
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2005 Volvo XC90

"Just Traded in my 2005 XC90. Bittersweet fairwell"

After 13 years, and several failing systems, she was finally traded in for a Toyota Highlander. Overall, I would say that the car did not owe me anything after 166K miles. What was failing was in par with a car that age. Over the lifetime of the car, she never really failed me and was built like a tank-a tank with horrible gas mileage when new that only got worse as the engine began to wear out. Snow handling was always superb. Quality of the interior finish is today better than the Toyota I just bought-even after 13 years of wear. The lack of modern gadgets was not really an issue, though I do appreciate the parking assist and backup camera on the Toyota that I did not have on the Volvo. The mechanical quality was something else, though. The transmission failed at 79K miles (common to the type in those days) but Volvo replaced it for free despite being out of warranty. Still, not the level of reliability that I had come to expect from Volvo or the price point I paid. Still, I likely would have kept her awhile longer had the turn signal stalk or the ignition not started to fail if for no other reason than to delay taking out another car loan. Unfortunately, the cost of fixing both of those problems was more than the car was worth. In the end, trading her in felt like losing a pet. 13 years of my life were tied up in that heavy, polluting, gas-guzzling mass of super-safe vintage Swede automobile. I will miss her.Read less
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2013 Volvo XC90

"Really good family car"

3.2 L engine. good power and speed
need to improve access to the 3rd row for adults
My wife loves the 3rd row seats. Good for long family trips and easier to park than other large SUVS.
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2004 Volvo XC90

"Money pit"

Comfortable cabin; body design
Costly repairs, maintenance, gas
I purchased my 2004 XC90 used in '07. The motor mounts were fixed as condition of my purchase. That should've been a red flag. From then on I had moderate engine repairs with in 4 years including the motor mounts a few years later, replaced the transmission, 2 radiators, new tires every year and a half, drain valves failed - water flooded the cabin, headlights failed (1K repair)then the axle broke - final straw. I kept the car because I paid it off and wanted recoup my investment. I grew attached to it although I hated the major issues and costly repairs. The gas mileage sucked, could only use premium gas and expensive full synthetic oil. I may have had a lemon but buyer beware. Traded in in for a Lexus 12/16.Read less
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2009 Volvo XC90 Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Cruise Control
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Real-Time Traffic Information
  • USB Port


  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD Changer
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Radio
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • CD Player
  • Front DVD Entertainment System
  • HD Radio


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Third Row Seat
  • Optional Seating Capacity - 7 passenger
  • Cloth Seats
  • Dual Power Front Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Driver's Seat
  • Power Driver's Seat
  • Power Passenger's Seat

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front & Rear Air Conditioning
  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Integrated Garage Door Opener

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 14 mpg
  • EPA Class - Sport Utility Vehicles
  • EPA Hwy - 20 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 16 mpg


  • Horsepower - 235 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 6200 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.78 inches
  • Torque - 236 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 3200 rpm
  • 0 to 60 - 8.7 seconds
  • Top Speed - 118 mph


  • Cup Holder
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel
  • Wood Interior Trim


  • Alloy Wheels
  • Heated Mirrors
  • HID Headlights
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Privacy Glass
  • Roof Rails
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P235/60R18
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Alloy
  • Adaptive Headlights
  • Automatic Leveling Headlights
  • Fog Lights
  • Memory Exterior Mirrors
  • Moon Roof/Sun Roof
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers


  • Alarm System


  • Basic Miles - 50000 miles
  • Basic Years - 4 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - 100000 miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 10 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 50000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 4 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 4 years


  • Alternator Amps - 180 amps
  • Auto Leveling Suspension
  • Axle Ratio - 4.06
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - AWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 6 cylinders
  • Displacement - 3.2 liter
  • Bore - 3.31 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 10.8
  • Fuel Induction - Multi-Port Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 24 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • Max Engine Speed - 6500 rpm
  • # of Speeds - 6 speed
  • Overdrive - w/Overdrive
  • CID - 195 cubic inches
  • CCAs (Cold Cranking Amps) - 600 amps
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Manual Mode - Geartronic
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 4464 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 102.4 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 21.1 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 40.1 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 39.5 inches
  • Height - 70.2 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.0 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 36.4 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 7
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 8.6 inches
  • Overall Length - 189.3 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 58.3 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 57.8 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 93.2 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 40.0 feet
  • Wheel Base - 112.6 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 83.1 inches
  • Payload Capacity - 1160 pounds
  • Width without mirrors - 75.6 inches
  • Cargo with all seats down - 92.0 cubic feet
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2009 Volvo XC90 Safety

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2009 Volvo XC90 Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Integrated Child Seat
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Blind-Spot Alert
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Parking Sensors


2009 Volvo XC90 Rankings

235 HP
MPG Combined
16 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.0 Rating
2009 Volvo XC90
235 HP

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