2016 to Present: Volvo XC90
Introduced for the 2016 model year, the second-generation Volvo XC90 is a five- or seven-passenger luxury three-row crossover. Available with front- or all-wheel-drive, the XC90 is offered with three 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine choices. These include a turbocharged 250-horsepower engine, a turbocharged and supercharged 316-horsepower engine and a plugin hybrid version with 400 horsepower. Regardless of engine choice, the XC90 utilizes a silky-smooth eight-speed automatic transmission.
Even at the base level, the XC90’s nicely appointed cabin exhibits a high level of standard features. Power front seats, dual-zone climate control, tinted windows and a panoramic sunroof are all standard fare. The tech-filled cabin also includes a digital instrument display, navigation and a premium audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
All models also feature keyless entry, a hands-free power liftgate, a rearview camera, lane departure warning and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Moving into the higher trim levels adds Nappa leather upholstery, wood inlays, LED bending headlights, advanced safety technology and more.
The Volvo XC90 is a leader in the three-row luxury crossover segment, competing with the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Lexus GX and Land Rover LR4. Other primary competitors include the Lincoln MKT, Infiniti QX60 and Acura MDX.
Earlier Volvo XC90 Models
The first-generation XC90 was launched for the 2003 model year and represented Volvo’s first-ever SUV. Not content on simply building another SUV, Volvo’s relentless pursuit of safety yielded a top-rated crash test survivor, which was fun to drive and looked great too.
With seating for up to seven passengers, the four-door SUV features a roomy and nicely appointed cabin with plenty of premium standard features. Engines include a 208-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder and a 268-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder engine. For 2005, Volvo would add an optional third row of seating and a 4.4-liter V8 engine.
In 2007, Volvo gave the XC90 a small refresh, revamping the styling and repowering the midsize SUV with a 3.2-liter six-cylinder and the aforementioned 4.4-liter V8. The manufacturer introduced a performance-themed R-Design model for 2009, with an upgraded suspension, dual exhaust pipes and R-Design aesthetic touches throughout.
In 2013, the XC90 would get its first major refresh since arriving 10 model years prior. The new model would ditch the two-tone paint of the past for a more traditional single color paint job. The first-generation XC90 was commonly available with features that include heated front seats, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, a premium sound system, rear-seat entertainment system and more.