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2021 Volvo XC90

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2021 Volvo XC90

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RepairPal reliability rating**

3.5 out of 5


  • Agile handling for a big SUV
  • Elegant styling inside and out


  • Some rivals deliver better EPA estimates and performance
  • Touchscreen isn't particularly intuitive to use

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 30 highway, 25 combined

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The 2021 Volvo XC90 is a classy midsize luxury SUV

The 2021 Volvo XC90 three-row SUV is unusual among its competition as it's only offered with a choice of four-cylinder gasoline engines. The T5 base engine is a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged unit, which works elsewhere in Volvo's range but feels a bit overwhelmed by the XC90's size. A better choice is the T6, which adds a supercharger to that 2.0-liter turbo engine, boosting output to 316 hp. If you want more power, you'll have to plug in since the top-flight engine is a hybrid. It mates that T6 engine to an electric motor and battery for a combined 400-hp output. Volvo has changed the name of its plug-in for 2021, simply calling it Recharge. All but the base models are all-wheel drive, and all have an eight-speed automatic.

Every XC90 comes with decent levels of driver aids, while even the entry-level Momentum trim (named Inscription Expression with the Recharge model) is comprehensively equipped. Opt for the R-Design if you want a sportier look and feel with your XC90; if you prefer luxury, choose the Inscription with its high-end features. The cabin is spacious and able to seat up to seven, yet the XC90 is enjoyable to drive thanks to its sharp handling. The 2021 XC90 is well worth considering if you're after a classy, capable family SUV.

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Ratings & reliability

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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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T5 Momentum 2WD 4D Sport Utility