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If an image of safety, practicality and prestige top your priorities and you only occasionally plan to use the third-row seat, the 2012 Volvo XC90 deserves to be on your shopping list.


If you need to regularly seat passengers in the third row plus require space for cargo, the XC90 might not fit you, literally. In that regard, the larger Buick Enclave, Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer SUVs would provide more legroom and additional cargo capacity. If you need to tow your toys, the Volvo XC90 is limited to 3,970 pounds in front-wheel-drive (FWD) form and 4,960 with all-wheel drive (AWD).

What's New For 2012

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.

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Used 2012 Volvo XC90 Expert Review

Volvo’s XC90 wasn’t the first upscale SUV on the market when it debuted a decade ago, but it intended to be the safest of the bunch while providing a comfortable, car-like ride. Ten years after it made its initial bow, the 2012 XC90 still offers a lot of safety and versatility in a rugged-on-the-outside, refined-on-the-inside SUV. The vehicle also bucks the bigger-is-better trend, with the ability to seat seven in a body smaller than others in this segment such as the Acura MDX, Buick Enclave and Nissan Pathfinder. Throw in XC90’s all-weather ability, semi-luxury cachet and laudable warranty with complimentary scheduled maintenance, and it’s a utility vehicle that appeals to both head and heart.

Driving the Used 2012 Volvo XC90

The 2012 Volvo XC90 delivers good on-road performance, wringing the most out of its 6-cylinder engine. Volvo pegs XC90’s 0-60 mph time at 8.7 seconds. That isn’t sports-car fast, but neither is it SUV laggardly. Thanks to a wide track and stability control system, the XC90 performs well in emergency maneuvers. Unlike other SUVs with higher ground clearance, the Volvo doesn’t feel top heavy and takes corners with confidence. Feedback is good from both the steering wheel and brake pedal. Models with the optional all-wheel drive employ a computer-controlled Haldex system that can instantly deliver up to 50 percent more torque to the rear axle when needed for extra traction. When not in use, 95 percent of the engine’s power goes to the front wheels.

Favorite Features

Sliding Center Child Seat
This parental favorite allows the front-seat passenger to easily reach a child in the second-row safety seat.

Streaming Audio
This new feature enables a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone to stream music to the Volvo’s audio system, plus create playlists using Pandora or Grooveshark.

Used 2012 Volvo XC90 Interior

Standard leather seating and an available wood steering wheel and shift knob give the XC90 a premium feel. A total of 12 – yes, twelve – beverage holders provide enough drink storage for a trip through the Sahara. Innovative and flexible seating arrangements such as a flat-folding front passenger seat allow the XC90 to be a car you could sleep in or fill with surfboards. There is seating for seven, but the third row is cramped for most adults, and when in use, leaves a scant 8.8 cubic feet of storage. The second row is roomy and has a sliding center section that allows a child safety seat to be moved closer to the front passenger.

Used 2012 Volvo XC90 Exterior

“Stylish” and “SUV” are often mutually exclusive terms, yet the XC90 manages to be both with aplomb. With a ground clearance of 8.9 inches, underbody protectors and a bulging hood, the vehicle looks like it doesn’t mind the rough stuff. Yet its contoured lines and elongated taillights give the Volvo XC90 an elegance all its own, especially in the flowing rear.

Used 2012 Volvo XC90 Standard Features

All 2012 Volvo XC90 models come with a 3.2-liter 6-cylinder engine that runs on regular unleaded and is mated to a 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. Also standard are a passenger compartment reinforced with high-strength steel, a power moonroof, an integrated child booster cushion, a 160-watt stereo CD system with HD radio, power-adjustable front seats, and dual-zone climate control. R-Design models add xenon headlights, color-coordinated wheel arches and R-Design grille, rear skidplate, and interior badging. A navigation system is standard on Platinum editions of the 3.2 and R-Design models.

Used 2012 Volvo XC90 Options

All-wheel drive can be had in all versions of the XC90, as can heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and an interior air-quality system. Blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats, a dual-screen rear-entertainment system, walnut steering wheel, and a kayak cradle are further add-ons.

Used 2012 Volvo XC90 Engine

The 240-horsepower, 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder is now the sole engine in the 2012 XC90 as Volvo has ceased offering the Yamaha-built V8 in the vehicle. Still, the 6-cylinder gives the XC90 more than adequate power and, though it isn’t exceptionally fuel efficient, does not require premium gasoline.

3.2-liter inline-6
240 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
236 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 mpg (FWD), 16/22 mpg (AWD)

How Much Does the Used 2012 Volvo XC90 Cost?

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 starts at just over $39,000, including destination charge. R-Design models begin at just over $42,000. A fully loaded, all-wheel-drive R-Design XC90 can top out at over $50,000. Both of those prices are comparable to competitors in this segment such as the Buick Enclave (with a slightly lower starting price) and Acura MDX (slightly higher).

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Used 2012 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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2012 Volvo XC90 Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Real-Time Traffic Information
  • USB Port


  • AM/FM Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Radio
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • CD Player
  • Front DVD Entertainment System
  • HD Radio
  • Rear DVD Entertainment System


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Third Row Seat
  • 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 - 16 mpg
  • EPA Class - Sport Utility Vehicles
  • EPA Hwy - 23 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 18 mpg


  • Horsepower - 240 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 6400 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
  • Compass
  • 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
  • Wheel Type - Alloy
  • Adaptive Headlights
  • Fog Lights
  • Memory Exterior Mirrors
  • Moon Roof/Sun Roof
  • Power Folding Exterior Mirrors
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers


  • Alarm System


  • Basic Miles - 50000 miles
  • Basic Years - 5 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 12 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 50000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 5 years
  • Scheduled Maintenance Miles - 50000 miles
  • Scheduled Maintenance Years - 5 years


  • 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
  • Total no. valves - 24 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • Max Engine Speed - 6500 rpm
  • Braking Distance - 138 feet
  • # of Speeds - 6 speed
  • Overdrive - w/Overdrive
  • CID - 195 cubic inches
  • CCAs (Cold Cranking Amps) - 520 amps
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Manual Mode - Geartronic
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 4667 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity - 21.1 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 39.7 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 35.5 inches
  • Height - 70.2 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.0 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 30.1 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 7
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 8.9 inches
  • Overall Length - 189.3 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 58.3 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 54.1 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 7 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - 4960 pounds
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 85.1 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 40.0 feet
  • Wheel Base - 112.6 inches
  • GVWR - 6080 pounds
  • Cargo behind second seat - 43.3 cubic feet
  • Width without mirrors - 74.7 inches
  • Cargo behind last seat - 8.8 cubic feet
  • Cargo with all seats down - 93.2 cubic feet
  • Head Room: Center Row - 38.4 inches
  • Leg Room: Center Row - 34.6 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Center Row - 57.4 inches
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2012 Volvo XC90 Safety

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2012 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
  • Rear View Camera


2012 Volvo XC90 Rankings

240 HP
MPG Combined
18 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.0 Rating
2012 Volvo XC90
240 HP

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