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2012 Volvo XC90 3.2L SUV

2012 Volvo XC90 Review

(0 Stars)  Volvo's first SUV is starting to show its age.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
Volvo's largest crossover has seen few changes in the past several years and looks due for a major update. The quick and smooth 4.4-liter V-8 that was an option for the 2011 XC90 is gone, leaving only a 3.2-liter straight six paired with a six-speed automatic. Either front- or all-wheel drive can be specified. Although not as spacious as some large SUVs, the XC90 comes standard with seating for seven--including a second-row booster seat--and plenty of space for cargo. The 3.2 R-Design gets a sport-tuned suspension, speed-sensitive steering, and twenty-inch aluminum wheels, but there's no sign of the 3.0-liter turbo six found in the R-Design S60 and XC60. Although the XC90 is a relative bargain when compared with most of its competition, it suffers from outdated technology and poor fuel economy. The six-cylinder is rated at 16 mpg around town and 23 mpg on the highway--not really much worse than some of its competitors--but it doesn't offer a diesel or hybrid option for buyers who put a high priority on fuel efficiency. Volvo has piled on the safety features, including blind-spot monitoring and roll stability control, but due to the XC90's age, it misses out on Volvo's newest safety innovations, including City Safety. A new XC90 can't come soon enough.

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2012 XC90 3.2 Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.2L in-line six-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 16 MPG city, 22 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 380 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 240 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 236 ft lb of torque @ 3,200 rpm

'12 Volvo 3.2L SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Memory Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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