• Standard seating for seven
  • Priced below competitors
  • Mediocre fuel economy
  • Fast falling behind its competitors
SUM UP Volvo’s first SUV is showing its age.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for XC90 in 2013

The exterior is now painted in full body color, there are LED running lights, revised taillights with LED pipes, and matte silver mirror caps. Automatic windshield wipers, headlight washers, and silver aluminum cabin trim are all standard. And there are two new exterior colors: flamenco red and twilight bronze...more

Overview

Volvo’s largest crossover soldiers on into 2013 almost unchanged; an all-new model is due for 2014. 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. Either front- or all-wheel drive can be specified. 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 Although the XC90 is a relative bargain when compared with most of its competitors, it suffers from outdated technology and poor fuel economy. The six-cylinder is rated at only 16 mpg around town and 23 mpg on the highway—not that 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 the collision-sensing City Safety system.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; roll stability control; and tire-pressure monitoring are standard. A blind-spot monitoring system is optional.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Volvo XC90

  • Acura MDX
  • Buick Enclave
  • Lexus GX 460
  • Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

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2013 XC90 Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Rear Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Compass
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Trip Computer

Exterior

  • Privacy Glass
  • Roof Rail

Interior

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim

Safety

  • Auto Day/Night Mirror
  • Brake Assist
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Headlight Wiper/Washers
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • HID Headlights
  • Integrated Child Safety Seat
  • Memory Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Fog Lights
  • Rear View Camera
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat
  • Third row seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • iPod Connector
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter
  • Navigation System

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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