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2011 Volvo XC90

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$3,709 — $19,877 USED
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Sport Utility
7 Seats
17-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Abundant safety features
  • Power
  • Cargo versatility

The Bad

  • Difficult access to third-row seats
  • Dated cabin materials
  • Uncommunicative steering at low speeds
  • Droning V-8 exhaust sound on the highway
2011 Volvo XC90 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Volvo XC90
  • Six-cylinder and V-8 powertrains
  • Seats seven
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Roll-sensing stability system
  • FWD or AWD

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Vehicle Overview

This midsize luxury crossover has an available V-8 and seating for up to seven. Trim levels include 3.2, 3.2 R-Design and V8. All-wheel drive is standard on the V8 and optional on six-cylinder models. Competitors include the Acura MDX, BMW X5 and Cadillac SRX.

New for 2011
For 2011, the output of the XC90's standard six-cylinder engine has increased slightly to 240 horsepower, and the crossover gains more standard features, including Bluetooth and Sirius Satellite Radio.

Exterior
The XC90 carries Volvo's familiar face — not the previous boxy angles, but the smoother, more modern look that's been present since the early 2000s. The door handles and side mirrors are body-colored, and the mirrors incorporate turn-signal lights. The roof rails are silver-colored. The R-Design trim changes the look of the grille and adds rear skid plates. The V8 adds twin dual exhaust pipes. Exterior features include:

  • Available 18-, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard front fog lights
  • Standard power-operated and heated mirrors
  • Standard power moonroof
  • Optional headlight washers
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with swiveling lenses


Interior
The dashboard and instrument panel dome employ slanted, angular themes, as does the three-spoke steering wheel with audio and cruise controls. Various console knobs have chrome coverings, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror is standard.

The XC90 seats five people in two rows, and a standard third-row seat bumps total seating capac...

Vehicle Overview

This midsize luxury crossover has an available V-8 and seating for up to seven. Trim levels include 3.2, 3.2 R-Design and V8. All-wheel drive is standard on the V8 and optional on six-cylinder models. Competitors include the Acura MDX, BMW X5 and Cadillac SRX.

New for 2011
For 2011, the output of the XC90's standard six-cylinder engine has increased slightly to 240 horsepower, and the crossover gains more standard features, including Bluetooth and Sirius Satellite Radio.

Exterior
The XC90 carries Volvo's familiar face — not the previous boxy angles, but the smoother, more modern look that's been present since the early 2000s. The door handles and side mirrors are body-colored, and the mirrors incorporate turn-signal lights. The roof rails are silver-colored. The R-Design trim changes the look of the grille and adds rear skid plates. The V8 adds twin dual exhaust pipes. Exterior features include:

  • Available 18-, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard front fog lights
  • Standard power-operated and heated mirrors
  • Standard power moonroof
  • Optional headlight washers
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with swiveling lenses


Interior
The dashboard and instrument panel dome employ slanted, angular themes, as does the three-spoke steering wheel with audio and cruise controls. Various console knobs have chrome coverings, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror is standard.

The XC90 seats five people in two rows, and a standard third-row seat bumps total seating capacity to seven, but it's a tight squeeze in back. (Volvo recommends the third row for occupants 5 feet, 3 inches or shorter.) A built-in booster seat in the second row adjusts forward up to 12 inches to keep children closer to adults up front.

Passenger volume comes in at 101 cubic feet. Cargo volume behind the third row is 11.1 cubic feet. The rear seats fold down, as does the front passenger seat. With all seats stowed, maximum cargo volume measures 85.1 cubic feet. Interior features include:

  • Available leather or premium leather seating
  • Available aluminum or real wood trim
  • Available massaging and ventilated front seats
  • Standard automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional 650-watt, 12-speaker audio system
  • Optional dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system
  • Optional navigation system with real-time traffic


Under the Hood
The XC90 has two powertrain offerings, including a rare-for-Volvo V-8. The R-Design model gets a sport-tuned suspension with thicker front/rear stabilizer bars and firmer springs and struts. Mechanical features include:

  • 240-hp, 3.2-liter six-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • 311-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 with 325 pounds-feet of torque
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Standard six-speed automatic with clutchless-manual mode
  • Both engines run on regular gas


Safety
The XC90 comes loaded with safety features. One notable feature is standard Roll Stability Control, which attempts to stop a rollover once it has started by cutting torque and applying individual brakes. There's also a lower front cross member that makes for safer SUV-to-car impacts. Other safety features include:

  • Standard front, front-seat side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock brakes with brake assist
  • Standard electronic stability and traction control
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Optional blind spot warning system

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
18 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Most comfortable car I’ve had!

by Dallas Mom from Dallas, tx on January 11, 2019

Great to have optional third row. Use it to separate kids on long car rides. Back rows good for average kids, not tall ones, tight leg and head space for tall adults. Love front seats and visibility. ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great combination of luxury and passenger capacity

by Mike h from Whippany nj on July 9, 2018

Very comfortable ride. Great on gas mileage compared with other suv’s That carry 7 passengers. Easy to park compared to the Chevy suburban. Highly recommend this truck. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Volvo XC90 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Volvo XC90 3.2

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volvo

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The XC90 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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