CARS.COM — As Kermit and Fozzie sing in “The Muppet Movie,” “gettin’ there is half the fun,” but throw a few kids into the road trip mix and fun is not guaranteed. Who you travel with is important, but so is how you get you there. Luckily, I spent a recent family road trip behind the wheel of the 2016 Volvo XC90.
It’s no secret that we’re fans of Volvo’s three-row SUV; after awarding it our Best of 2016 honors and then buying one, it then made our list of Great Road Trip Rides for its refined road manners as well as its laundry list of luxurious amenities and active safety features. Those features look great and sound helpful, but how do they hold up on the road after a few hundred miles with a gaggle of crabby kids (and, OK, crabby parents)? I loaded the three-row SUV with my family of five for a trip from Cars.com’s Chicago office to St. Louis to find out.