2009 Volvo XC70

I like to think of myself as a loyal American. I've never visited Canada. I eat red meat several times a week and make sure to throw out any leftovers. I've been known to disparage the Useless, er, United Nations. But as I piloted the XC70 around a supermarket parking lot filled with SUVs and crossovers, I could not help but wonder: What is wrong with this country?

Seriously, spending time in the XC70 makes it very difficult to understand why people have such an aversion to station wagons. The Volvo has plenty of room for five people and their things, features all-wheel-drive versatility, and handles and rides like a car - because it is a car. A really good one at that.

I loved looking at all the offbeat shapes and grains on the dash, even if they all felt a little harder than what one expects in a near $50,000 vehicle. Like Jean, I thought the seats could use a bit more bolstering, but that probably had a lot to do with the way I was driving. After all, I had to show those high-sitting buffoons what they were missing.

David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

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