i am so in love with my Volvo. I feel so safe in it. It has every bell and whistle imaginable. I'm still learning all of them. I have used it twice to carry large boxes and it was a snap in the back. For safety sake I pulled the portable cover down over them so no one knew they were there. I'm so glad I decided to test drive it. I knew within 2 miles that I had found my car. It will probably be the last car I own----and it was made to last.
The vehicle has met my expectations. It is a solid ride and handles well. Power is adequate although it has not yet been fully loaded with passengers and gear. AWD is great in DC snows!
Researched heavily prior to purchase, so I knew what I was getting into. Recently got into a big accident (my '10 Cadillac SRX got tatalled), so safety was definitely a priority. PROS: 1. Great cabin. Most comfortable car seats I've ever experienced and very quiet. Lots of glass give more airy atmosphere. 2. Simple yet high quality interior fittings (some may think "outdated") 3. Sooo much room. Went 2 campings and my 5'5" wife slept in the flat rear comfortably. 4. Solid performance at high RMP (freeway)...AWD big plus going camping. CONS: 1. Drinks gas (AWD; good thing no premium fuel required). Avg. 18 MPG overall. 2. Drives heavy. Sluggish during stop N go (still trying to get used to it) 3. Weak AC. Front passengers are okay, but rear passengers have to deal with hot air from the cargo space. 4. My driver side seat is warmer (maybe something wrong w/ seat warmer) 5. Navigation is controlled with a remode. Really? 6. It's a wagon...not the sexiest thing (no one thinks it's a off-roading capable X-Country vehicle.) Conclusion: If you are family oriented and goes on lots of trips w/ kids and not your commuter, buy it. Don't need luxury brand (quieter, plusher) and want to save money? Buy Subaru Outback AWD.