CARS.COM — As soon as Cars.com welcomed a 2016 Volvo XC90 into its test fleet for a yearlong evaluation, I wanted a family who has logged 75,000-plus kid-tested, weekend sports-approved miles in their 2009 XC90 to drive ours and tell us what works and what doesn’t. Francesco and Bridgett Sessa of Chicago are longtime XC90 owners currently driving a 2009 XC90 3.2 with three rows and all-wheel drive. They purchased the SUV after their lease ended on — you guessed it — another XC90.
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The Sessas’ XC90 is a war wagon of youth sports equipment that is usually filled to the brim with their two kids’ baseball, soccer and basketball gear. As well as being my neighbors, they’re also family, so during a recent weekend trip I asked them to log 150 miles in Cars.com’s 2016 Volvo XC90 long-term test SUV. They were as blown away by the car as our editors who named it Cars.com’s Best of 2016, but they suggested a few improvements.