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2014 Volvo XC90 OVERVIEW
The Volvo XC90 has long been the go-to vehicle for customers who prioritize safety in their luxury SUV. Buyers also appreciate family-friendly touches like an integrated center child booster cushion for the second-row seat.
The XC90 has an aging design, though, and all but the bargain-hunters may want to wait for a redesigned XC90 expected in 2015.
What's New for 2014
For 2014, Volvo has enhanced the package options on each of its trim packages.
Choose Your Volvo XC90
The midsize family hauler has standard seating for seven and is powered by a 3.2 liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and returns 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. With optional all-wheel drive, highway mileage drops to 23 mpg.