Yes, the XC90 is starting to show its age, but the qualities for which Volvo is best known - its safety features - are still there in spades, with roll stability control, a blind-spot warning system, and top ratings in every NHTSA crash test. On the plus side, the cabin environment is comfortable (the best seats in the business), and, with all-wheel drive, this SUV is reassuring to plow through the snow. Still, the XC90 would definitely benefit from some upgrades, starting with the base engine - the 281-hp 3.0-liter inline six that's in the new XC60 would seem to be a good fit. Updated interior and exterior styling wouldn't hurt, either.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor