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2012 Volvo XC90

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2012 Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 highlights

Customer reviews

5 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

3.5 out of 5


  • Cheaper than similar-size European luxury SUVs
  • Smooth-riding and easy to drive


  • Age counts against it, particularly in the infotainment system
  • With the V8 dropped, the sole six-cylinder feels underpowered

Mileage (EPA estimate)

16 city, 23 highway, 18 combined

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2012 Volvo XC90 feels dated, but it's still worth a look

Volvo's successful formula for the XC90 mixes SUV looks with a dash of minivan-like practicality. The thing is, the Swedish firm introduced this first-generation XC90 back in 2003, which is a long time in the automotive world. Competitors have caught up, and cars like the Buick Enclave and Ford Flex offer all the practicality of the 2012 XC90, if not the prestige of the Volvo brand. Volvo, however, doesn't quite reach the lofty standards of German rivals from Audi, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz, and the XC90 is priced accordingly.

Power comes from a 3.2-liter six-cylinder gasoline engine with 240 hp. Volvo's decision to drop the optional V8 after 2011 is regrettable because the six-cylinder isn't particularly powerful or economical, especially when mated with optional all-wheel drive. Not only that, but Volvo chose not to fit the aging XC90 with the latest active driver-assist aids offered elsewhere in its lineup. The interior is nicely finished and comfortable, but the infotainment system again betrays the XC90's advancing years. Volvo offers two models, the 3.2 and R-Design, with trim choices of Base, Premier Plus, and Platinum available with either. All XC90s come with a decent level of standard equipment, and the Platinum is positively luxurious. 2012 brings the addition of Bluetooth® streaming capability across the lineup. The XC90 has its strengths, but newer alternatives are likely to appeal more.

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Ratings & reliability

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RepairPal reliability rating**

Above Average
RepairPal gave the Volvo XC90 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Volvo XC90 18th out of 25 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.
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Explore Volvo XC90 details

3.2 2WD 4D Sport Utility

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