STATUS: Unchanged for 2020- The second-generation XC90 differs from the original in every way, including a 250-pound weight reduction despite a similar size. The interior's Scandinavian design theme includes natural wood inlays, supple leather seats and a seriously cool glass-crystal shifter. The T6 model has a supercharged and turbocharged "Drive-E" four-cylinder that uses the turbo for top-end power and the belt-driven supercharger to help out at lower engine revs. Additional pep is available from the all-wheel-drive R-Design model. Its 400-horsepower T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid adds an electric motor to assist the gasoline engine. That increases output to a net 400 horsepower, compared with 250 for the T5 model and 316 for the T6. The hybrid can also operate for up to 25 miles on electric power alone and achieve up to 53 mpg in the city and 54 on the highway. The T6 and the T8 hybrid each use eight-speed automatic transmissions. Available options include more active-safety content plus an air-suspension that keeps the Volvo on the level when loaded with people and/or cargo.
Base Price (including destination): $49,350
Type: Seven-passenger utility vehicle
Engine (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged and supercharged (250/316); R-Design (400 with electric assist)
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Drivetrain: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 21/30/25 (T5, FWD)
Base weight (lb.): 4,330