2013 Volvo XC90 Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - January 4, 2013

The 2013 Volvo XC90 comes in a slew of trim levels, including: 3.2, 3.2 Premier Plus, 3.2 Platinum, R-Design, R-Design Premier Plus, and R-Design Platinum. The of 3.2 trim level range is your typical crossover SUV, but the trims increase in standard features as you work your way through the Premier Plus and Platinum levels. The R-Design levels add in a little extra sport to this crossover SUV, including: revised suspension, sporty exterior styling, larger wheels and a revised interior. Much like the 3.2 range, the R-Design trims simply add in more standard features as you move toward the Platinum trim level.

All of the trim levels feature a 3.2-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 240 horsepower and they can tow up to 3,970 pounds. With its relatively good 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway ratings, comfortable seating for seven and easy-to-handle chassis, it is obvious that XC90 is best suited for families that need an alternative to a minivan rather than those looking for an SUV to tow a boat behind.

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The large crossover SUV market is chock-full of competitors, so there are plenty of options to choose from. One huge thing to look at in SUVs is their seating, as many SUVs have plenty of size, but only enough seating for five people, which pales in comparison to the XC90’s seven-person seating capacity. One alternative is the 2013 Subaru Tribeca, which carries with it a $32,595 base MSRP, a 256-horsepower V-6 engine and leather seating for seven people. The Buick Enclave comes in at a relatively heavy $38,445, and features a 288-horsepower, V-6 engine, seven-person seating and cloth interior. Another competitor to the XC90 would be the 2013 Acura MDX, which features a 300-horsepwoer, V-6 engine, leather seating for seven and a $43,280 base MSRP. On final alternative to the XC90 is the 2013 Ford Expedition, which comes with a base MSRP of $36,930, cloth seating for five to eight people and a 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 engine.

The competition for the 2013 Volvo XC90 ranges across many makes and even ventures into the full-size SUV market. This leaves buyers with a tough decision to make and Volvo needs to bring something extra to the table to convince undecided buyers.

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