Pros: Broad range of available safety features; classy, nicely finished interior; good cargo space and versatility; build quality
Cons: Mediocre fuel economy; some complicated controls; 3rd-row seats are cramped and very difficult to access; noisier than other premium-class midsize SUVs
CG Says: The 2014 Volvo XC90 sees no significant changes. XC90 has a generally solid feel about it, and its pricing and feature set are in line with other premium 7-seat crossovers. The integrated child booster seat is a nice feature not offered on any rival in this price class. Still, XC90 feels rather dated, with design quirks (like its oddball control setup) that are not present on more modern competitors. It’s worth a look if Volvo’s reputation for safety and surprisingly good warranty are high on your priority list, but there are better choices for the money when it comes to refinement and driving enjoyment. Note that the XC90 is likely to be redesigned soon, perhaps for the 2015 model year.