Resale: $29,541
Value: Above Average Above Average
MPG: 16 city/23 hwy
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2013 Volvo XC90 3.2L SUV

2013 Volvo XC90 Review

(0 Stars)  Volvo’s first SUV is showing its age.

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New For 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.
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 Although the XC90 is a relative bargain when compared with most of its competitors, it suffers from outdated technology and poor fuel economy.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.

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2013 XC90 3.2 Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.2L in-line 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 16 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 401 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 240 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 236 ft lb of torque @ 3,200 rpm

'13 Volvo 3.2L SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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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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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Child Safety Seat
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Rear View Camera
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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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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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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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