Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90
Volvo XC90

2021 Volvo XC90

Pros: Spacious, luxuriously trimmed cabin; economical-for-the-class 4-cylinder engine; broad range of unconventional safety and technology features

Cons: Third-row seats are a bit cramped for adults; some complicated touchscreen controls; fully-equipped models are very pricey

CG Says: The 2021 Volvo XC90 now has standard wireless cell phone charging, steering-linked LED headlights with washers, and front parking sensors. Connected Safety is a new feature that allows Volvos to communicate road hazards (such as ice) to one another. The T8 is now labelled “Recharge.” The Volvo XC90 is premium midsize crossover SUV with a three-row, six- or seven-passenger seating layout. A trio of high-tech 4-cylinder powertrains is offered. A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder powers T5 models; a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder powers T6 models; while the Recharge T8 plug-in hybrid uses the T6 engine coupled with an electric motor in back to drive the rear wheels (and deliver a combined 410 horsepower). T5s are available with front- or all-wheel drive. All T6 and T8 models have standard all-wheel drive. Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, oncoming-lane mitigation, blind-spot alert, and cross-traffic alert. In addition to the expected list of available luxury and technology features, the XC90 offers unusual options such as an integral second-row child booster seat, active air suspension with height adjustment, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and a windshield head-up display. All models have standard Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system that controls steering, braking, and acceleration to help follow traffic in a chosen lane. The XC90 is at the head of the premium midsize SUV class. It offers excellent all-around refinement, a smorgasbord of available features, and cushy road manners, all while maintaining a distinct Scandinavian character.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 6 or 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volvo
Nation of Manufacture Sweden
Base Prices T5 Momentum 7-passenger: $50,640
AWD T5 Momentum 7-passenger: $52,545
T5 R-Design 7-passenger: $56,595
AWD T5 R-Design 7-passenger: $59,095
AWD T6 Momentum 7-passenger: $57,945
AWD T6 Momentum 6-passenger: $58,445
AWD T6 R-Design 7-passenger: $63,645
AWD T6 Inscription 7-passenger: $64,245
AWD T6 Inscription 6-passenger: $64,745
AWD Recharge T8 Inscription Expression 7-passenger: $64,445
AWD Recharge T8 Inscription Expression 6-passenger: $64,945
AWD Recharge T8 R-Design 7-passenger: $70,145
AWD Recharge T8 Inscription 7-passenger: $70,745
AWD Recharge T8 Inscription 6-passenger: $71,245

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (T5)
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-30

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (T6)
Horsepower
316
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

Optional Engine
turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor (T8)
Horsepower
410
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Combined Gas Range (mpg)
27
EPA Electric Combined Range (MPGe)
55