• (4.1) 18 reviews
  • MSRP: $13,333–$30,153
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18-19
  • Engine: 240-hp, 3.2-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7
2013 Volvo XC90

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 Volvo XC90

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult access to third-row seats
  • Dated cabin materials
  • Uncommunicative steering at low speeds

Notable Features

  • Revised exterior styling, including LED daytime running lights and taillights
  • Newly standard headlight washers and rain-sensing wipers
  • 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine
  • Seats seven
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Roll-sensing stability system
  • FWD or AWD

2013 Volvo XC90 Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The XC90 midsize luxury crossover has seating for up to seven people in three rows and offers a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the Acura MDX and Volkswagen Touareg.
New for 2013
The XC90 gets freshened exterior styling for 2013 with the addition of standard body-colored front and rear bumpers, sills and wheel arches; a silver front bumper bar; and LED daytime running lights and taillights. New standard features include headlight washers and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Meanwhile, the cabin gets white instrument lighting and aluminum inlays.
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 are body-colored, and the side mirrors incorporate turn-signal lights. The roof rails are silver-colored. The R-Design trim changes the look of the grille. Exterior features include:

  • Available 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard front fog lights
  • Standard power-operated heated mirrors
  • Standard power moonroof
  • Standard headlight washers
  • Standard rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Available adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights

Interior
The dashboard and instrument panel dome employ slanted, angular themes. Various console knobs have chrome coverings, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror is standard.

A standard third-row seat allows for a maximum seating capacity of 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 in the front row. The rear seats fold down, as does the front passenger seat. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather seats
  • Standard automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system
  • Optional navigation system with real-time traffic info

Under the Hood
The XC90 has one engine and transmission offering but is available with front- or all-wheel drive. The R-Design model gets a sport-tuned suspension with thicker front and rear stabilizer bars and firmer springs and struts. Mechanical features include:

  • 240-horsepower, 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine with 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with clutchless-manual mode

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 more compatible SUV-to-car impacts. Other safety features include:

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

Consumer Reviews

4.1

Average based on 18 reviews

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by Steve P. from Spartanburg, SC on November 16, 2017

I just traded my 2007 Lexus LS 460 for the Volvo suv...Of course they are very different, and honestly took me a few days to truly adjust. I now have a 10 year old grandson living with us, and because... Read Full Review

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2013 Volvo XC90 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo XC90 3.2

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo XC90 3.2

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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