2017 Volvo XC90: Flagship for a Generation

I haven’t even gotten to some of my favorite features of the Volvo XC90 yet, and they are on the inside. Want a massage? No problem, and it’s adjustable and available for both front seat occupants whether parked or in motion. I got one every day on the way home from work – outstanding. Like concert hall or studio music experience? The advanced Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system allows for total control over your listening pleasure. Nearly all infotainment features (as well as climate and vehicle controls) can be accessed via the large tablet in the center dash. Word of warning though, on a hot Texas summer day the screen can burn your fingertips. Voice of experience on that one.

Pricing for the 2017 Volvo XC90 begins at just under 50 grand. Our T6 AWD Inscription model tester arrived with a final window sticker of $72,805. This baby was fully loaded and probably not typical of most sales transactions at Volvo dealerships. Fuel economy is rated at 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

From its first impressions in 2002 where it was named Truck of the Year to 2017 and this magnificent example of Swedish design, craftsmanship, and technology, the XC90 is quite a vehicle. It has seen favor with critics and experts alike for 15 years and that is not going to change anytime soon. If you are shopping a three-row premium utility vehicle you need to make sure to visit the XC90, you will not be disappointed – you just can’t call it a truck anymore.

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About the Author

David Goodspeed
David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.