2012 Volvo XC90

3.2 FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I6

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2012 Volvo XC90
2012 Volvo XC90
Volvo's largest crossover has seen few changes in the past several years and looks due for a major update. The quick and smooth 4.4-liter V-8 that was an option for the 2011 XC90 is gone, leaving only a 3.2-liter straight six paired with a six-speed automatic. Either front- or all-wheel drive can be specified. Although not as spacious as some large SUVs, the XC90 comes standard with seating for seven--including a second-row booster seat--and plenty of space for cargo. The 3.2 R-Design gets a sport-tuned suspension, speed-sensitive steering, and twenty-inch aluminum wheels, but there's no sign of the 3.0-liter turbo six found in the R-Design S60 and XC60. Although the XC90 is a relative bargain when compared with most of its competition, it suffers from outdated technology and poor fuel economy. The six-cylinder is rated at 16 mpg around town and 23 mpg on the highway--not really much worse than some of its competitors--but it doesn't offer a diesel or hybrid option for buyers who put a high priority on fuel efficiency. Volvo has piled on the safety features, including blind-spot monitoring and roll stability control, but due to the XC90's age, it misses out on Volvo's newest safety innovations, including City Safety. A new XC90 can't come soon enough.
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The 2012 Volvo XC90 is long overdue for some updates, but Volvo has announced the best-selling SUV has freshened up inside and out for the new model year. The one unfortunate casualty is Volvo’s unique 60-degree V-8, leaving the 3.2-liter 240-hp inline six as the sole powertrain option for 2012. It’s unknown at this point whether or not the turbocharged 3.0-liter engine from the S60 and S80 may eventually be offered as an upgrade.

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2012 Volvo XC90
2012 Volvo XC90
3.2 FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I6
16 MPG City | 22 MPG Hwy
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2012 Volvo XC90 Specifications

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3.2L I6Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
22 MPG
240 hp @ 6200rpm
236 ft lb of torque @ 3200rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
60,000 miles / 60 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
50,000 miles / 60 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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