After driving a minivan for the past 10 years, I was DONE!!! I needed something that could seat my famiily of 5 comfortably and have room for carpool - so still needed that 7 passenger capability! We looked at the Toyota Highlander, the Honda Pilot, the GMC Acadia and the Nissan Pathfinder... after all that we drove off in the Volvo XC90 - we got a much better deal (we bought used) than the Pathfinder (which was originally our number one pick) - we drove it on a 12 hour trip with 4 kids and LOTS of cargo right after purchasing it - and while it was a space adjustment from the minivan- the kids were all comfortable (except no armrests in the middle row - they were used to captain's chairs). It is extremely quiet on the road. We got pretty good gas mileage on the trip (6 people fully loaded with luggage on the roof as well - averaged 20 mpg) but now with city driving I average only 16 mpg. It is a really nice looking car, with nice features, I love the controls - wish the clock was on the radio console though - so it could be seen by people other than driver! There is a lack of storage space in the front (can't fit things under the front seats like a first aid kit etc). I like the safety features and I am sure since 2005 there have been many upgrades. The seats adjust fairly easy, but could slide forward better for easier access to the third row for kids... Overall, I love my Volvo - hoping I don't regret NOT getting the Pathfinder.
I purchased my first Volvo about 4 years ago and I love love love it. I have the XC90 and the ONLY thing I'd change about it is the color. Mine is silver and I like black. Seriously I first started looking for an SUV because my rottie puppies were getting way to big for my Mustang, plus they didn't travel well and got sick in my car. I decided I needed an SUV. I needed one big enough to hold 3 big dogs. The Range Rover has that slanted roof in the back and that wouldn't work, as it made head room less for the dogs. The Tahoe and Expedition and many of the other SUVs all kind of looked alike and no one wants to look like everyone else. Volvo has a great safety record and would fit my family (husband and 3 kids; plus my dogs). The Volvo also has a look of it's own. My one negative experience was when my son bottomed out the Volvo and bent the exhaust pipes. They had to be ordered from Sweden. Apparently there are many parts on this vehicle that aren't carried in stock, because they rarely have to replace them. Thus, when they need to be replaced, they have to order it. It took a few weeks to get here. Other than that, I'm passing on my older Volvo to my son and plan to get a new one. One more thing, the gas mileage is great as long as you keep up the regular maintenance. AND I know my family is safe. My son got rear ended by a drunk driver. The drunk's car got jacked up - bent up hood and everything. My Volvo had a tiny scratch on the bumper.
I was a little nervous about buying a Volvo because the high maintenance costs I always heard about regarding Volvos�.but after driving this vehicle�and the overall safety feeling which this vehicle comes with��.I am glad I made the purchase