2009 Volvo XC90 AWD

I concur: seats from the gods! If I could have pulled one out and dropped it in my living room, I would have. The leather is amazingly soft and the contrasting color insert and side piping is a rich, attractive detail which, as DeMatio noted, makes them look as if they came from a Range Rover. The upright seating position and tall side windows give the driver a commanding view of the road below, another aspect that is reminiscent of a Land Rover.

If only the rest of the vehicle felt as high quality. After only a few minutes in the XC90, the mechanism inside the steering wheel adjustment lever broke leaving the lever dangling from the side of the column and forcing me to brace the wheel for the rest of my drive so it didn't move up, down, or forward. The lever eventually popped back into place but it is indicative of the second-rate quality that is sprinkled throughout the XC90's cabin.

The engine is not particularly smooth and it struggles to move this nearly 4500 pound vehicle with any urgency. Another negative is the huge turning radius which I discovered pulling into my side-entry garage. I had to back up and try again. Twice. This would definitely come into play around town and in tight parking lots.

Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor

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