2013 Volvo XC90: Sporting a refreshed exterior and udated interior, the 2013 Volvo XC90 is a FWD mid-size luxury crossover SUV powered by a 3.2-liter V6 engine that produces 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission enables the XC90 to achieve an EPA estimated 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. Features include optional AWD, heated front seats, flat-folding, electronic climate control, laminated panoramic roof, automatically dimmed rear-view mirror, heated windshield washer nozzles, blind spot information system, headlight washers, front and rear park assist, rear-view camera, dual xenon headlights with active bending lights, hands-free phone system, navigation system, premium sound system and rear seat entertainment system with dual DVD players. Safety is comprised of anti-lock braking (ABS), electronic brake assistance, dynamic stability and traction control, front airbags, inflatable curtain, roll-over protection system, side-impact airbags and side-impact protection. The XC90 is backed by a 5-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2013, the XC90 receives its first major update since its launch in 2002. The 2-tone look of previous XC90's is now a thing of the past-- Volvo instead went with a more monochromatic theme for 2013. The front fascia is updated with the addition of new daytime running lights while new 18-inch alloy wheels round out the more noticeable exterior changes. Inside, there's a new leather wrapped steering wheel, walnut overlays and improved interior lighting. The R-Design has also been updated with new 19-inch wheels and a black mesh grill.
Refined luxury; room for 7; world-renowned safety; updated, modern exterior
The Volvo XC90 starts at $39,500, significantly undercutting the price of other SUVs like BMW's X5 and the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. The Volvo has plenty of standard features to set it apart from the competition and crucially, is available in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive, making it a good choice for people who don't necessarily need lots of off road ability or goodies. Capable of seating seven people, the XC90 is a vehicle for people who want lots of standard amenities and plenty of luxury at a price that BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz can't touch.