2009 Volvo XC70

The XC70 is a great vehicle. It does everything it's designed to do and looks and feels damn good doing it; a legitimate SUV alternative.

Unlike Jean, I found the seats to be supportive and comfortable. Yes, they are wide but I found them to be firm with just the right amount of give to cosset my tush.

The controls are intuitive and easy to use, and I found it so refreshing to be in a beautifully designed and lavishly furnished car and not have a multi-media interface to contend with. Proof that it is possible to build a luxury car with all the bells and whistles without needing a one-button system to control it all, and doing it in a tidy, logical way that doesn't overwhelm the driver with a sea of dash buttons. I love the matte wood and only Volvo can cover an interior from floor to ceiling with light colored materials and make it work. It's simple, refined, and oozes modernity.

Entering and exiting are a breeze because the XC70 is taller than a sedan but shorter than an SUV. The hatch swallows a ton of stuff, and the well-placed handle on the inside of the hatch door makes it easy to close without touching the outside of the car, which is a bonus when the vehicle is coated in road salt.

The mileage is a bit disappointing. But if you compare the XC70's numbers with those of mid-size crossovers like the Mazda CX-7 or the Lexus RX, they aren't that far off.

Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor

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