Best Bet
(4.6) 29 reviews
MSRP: $4,868$13,608
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 16-17
Engine: 235-hp, 3.2-liter I-6 (premium)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 5-7
2008 Volvo XC90

Our Take on the 2008 Volvo XC90

Our Take

Having undergone a number of updates for 2007, the Volvo XC90 sees few changes for 2008. The midsize luxury SUV has an available V-8 and seating for up to seven. Competitors include the Acura MDX, BMW X5 and Cadillac SRX. The XC90 debuted in 2003 amid doubts about SUV safety, particularly with re... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult access to third-row seat
  • Dated cabin materials
  • Uncommunicative steering at low speeds
  • Droning V-8 exhaust on the highway

Notable Features

  • Standard 235-hp six-cylinder
  • Optional 311-hp V-8
  • Seats five or seven
  • Blind-spot warning system
  • Rollover-resisting stability system

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.