Volvo XC90

The XC90 is available in four different trim levels: Base, Premier Plus, Platinum and R-Design. Even in Base trim the XC90 is well equipped, including luxury features like a power glass moonroof, rear parking assist, a 6-month subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio, memory-enabled power front seats and a leather trimmed interior.

Premier Plus adds dual xenon headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, Sovereign Hide soft-leather upholstery and redwood inlays for the dash and gear knob. The Platinum builds on the Premier Plus by adding a navigation system, a rear back up camera and a premium sounds system. The sporty R-Design features sport tuned suspension, variable ratio steering and several attractive styling touches including 19-inch wheels, setting it apart from the less sporty trims. Options across all trim levels include a rear seat entertainment system, a blind spot warning system and all-wheel-drive.

The XC90 wouldn't be a Volvo without a bevy of safety features. Anti-lock brakes with emergency brake assistance, traction control, stability control, rollover protection system, anti-submarining protection, dual stage airbags side curtain airbags and even a collapsible steering column are all standard.

Volvo has kept the drivetrain relatively simple. A 6-speed automatic sends power to either the front or all four wheels, while a 3.2L V6 provides power. The V6 is good for a respectable 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway while producing a reasonable 240 horsepower.

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Editors' First Take

It's only fitting that the XC90 catapulted Volvo back into relevance in 2015. After all, the first generation of the three-row crossover SUV sustained the brand through some very sparse years, back when it looked like the Swedish automaker might pack up its smörgåsbord for good. 

The second-gen XC90 was that rarest of unicorns in the automotive business: an absolute clean-sheet design. It featured a new platform, all-new powertrains, styling language, infotainment and electrical architecture. Heck, when it was introduced, lurking just offstage clutching a freshly redesigned key fob was Geely, Volvo's new corporate owners. The 2015 XC90 was as close as Sweden's automotive industry has ever come to a moonshot, and not only did it work, it did so beautifully.

Now, the company is trumpeting the updated 2020 Volvo XC90 seen here. Truth is, though, Volvo's engineers have been steadily beavering away, rendering improvements to their flagship SUV year after year. This is just the first time you might notice any differences from the outside.

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