Although the V8 Sport trim is discontinued, the 2009 Volvo XC90 gets a new R-Design trim level boasting larger wheels, sportier suspension and exclusive leather upholstery. The V8 trim now has an optional super-luxurious executive package, while the base trims are accented by a new 19-inch wheel package. The XC90 I6 is equipped with a 3.2L inline six-cylinder engine generating 235 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque; however, the XC90 V8 features a 4.4L V8 engine that delivers 311 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Both the I6 and V8 engines are attached to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. Front-wheel drive is standard on the I6, while all-wheel drive is optional on the I6 and standard on the V8. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the I6 FWD achieves 14 mpg city/20 mpg hwy and 17 mpg in combined driving, while AWD drops the combined number to 16 mpg, and the V8 scores 13/19/15 mpg. Volvo XC90 standard safety features include stability control, antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front anti-whiplash, while a blind spot warning system is optional.
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