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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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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 14th out of 23 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.View RepairPal's full rating of the Volvo XC90