$36,135 – $49,300 MSRP
$34,002 – $46,377 Invoice
15 / 20 MPG City/Hwy
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The 2007 XC90 gets freshened styling, new side mirrors with integral turn signals, an interior with more bright work, and "watch dial" instruments for the XC90 V-8. A new base model-the XC90 3.2-replaces last year's XC90 T5. The 3.2 gets a normally aspirated 6-cylinder engine with a 6-speed automatic in place of the T5's turbo 5-cylinder and 5-speed automatic. Also, option packages have been revised, and rain-sensing wipers are now available.
As a manufacturer known for its boxy but practical station wagons, it came as no surprise when Volvo announced its plans to "go big" and join the sport utility vehicle (SUV) market in 2004; the resulting XC90 offered standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and seating for 5, with an optional third row to expand that to 7. The XC90 debuted with 5- and 6-cylinder engines, both turbocharged; a 4.4-liter V-8 joined the fray in 2005. The turbo 6-cylinder was dropped from the lineup after 2006 and the turbo 5-cylinder goes away for 2007, replaced by a non-turbocharged, 235-hp, inline 6-cylinder engine. All XC90s now come with a 6-speed automatic transmission; the 6-cylinder model comes with front- or AWD, while the 311-hp V-8 gets AWD exclusively. Volvo also offers an XC90 V-8 Sport model, which has 19-inch wheels and a tighter suspension for more car-like handling.
Of course, the XC90 wouldn't be a proper Volvo if it didn't come equipped with a full complement of safety features. Along with anti-lock brakes, Dynamic Stability Traction Control, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system, the XC90 features front-seat-mounted side air bags and side curtain air bags, the latter covering both rows on 5-passenger XC90s and all three rows on 7-passenger models. The XC90's commitment to safety even goes beyond its occupants. The XC90's front crossmember is designed for SUV-to-car compatibility, meaning it is designed to strike smaller vehicles in a position that will help to activate the other vehicle's crumple zones. Also, the XC90's hood is designed to act as a crumple zone in the event of a collision with a pedestrian, reducing the risk of serious injuries to the pedestrian.
The Volvo XC90 competes in the Midsize Premium Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, which consists of 14 models. Buyers in this segment look for quality, reliability, and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Lexus RX Series (108,348 units sold), Acura MDX (54,121), and Volvo XC90 (33,200). The Volvo XC90's 33,200 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 7.7 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Premium CUV segment include the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, BMW X5, Infiniti FX-Series, Cadillac SRX, and Mercedes-Benz R-Class. Joining the segment in 2007 is the Lincoln MKX.
|3.2||6 speed automatic||$36,135||235-hp / 3.2L 6-cyl||17/22|
|V8||6 speed automatic||$46,425||311-hp / 4.4L 8-cyl||15/20|
|V8 Sport||6 speed automatic||$49,300||311-hp / 4.4L 8-cyl||15/20|