2011 Volvo XC90

Rating7.1

Ranked #13 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$38,400 - $48,000

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Key Spec of 2011 Volvo XC90
fuel economy

16/19/22

fuel type

premium unleaded

horsepower

240 hp @ 6200 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

2011 Volvo XC90 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 5, 2022

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The midsize 2011 Volvo XC90 is a well-groomed practical SUV, known for delivering top-notch comfort, decent performance, best-in-class safety, and a luxurious cabin without sacrificing on the features front. With just a $500 hike from last year's iteration, the specs front also see a change, with the standard 3.2L 6-cylinder engine now getting 5 hp more, while the towing capacity of the 2011 XC90 is now rated at 3300 lbs. On sale, the XC90 receives some minor updates for the year 2011, in the form of Bluetooth and satellite radio being offered as standard across the trim lineup.


2011 Volvo XC90 For Sale

The 2011 Volvo XC90 starts from a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $38,200 for the base 3.2 trim, while the top-tier XC90 V8 is priced at $39,800. Now if you're in the Used car market, depending on the SUV's condition, location, mileage, and other listing factors, the average listing price for the 2011 XC90 ranges from $7,540 to $12,500. Granted it is a decent deal, with $0 trade-in and $0 sales tax, a monthly estimated payment of $158/ month is to be paid for a used 2011 XC90.

2011 Volvo XC90 Buying Advice

If outright performance is not on your list, then we'd suggest the XC90 3.2 R-Design trim with standard FWD for an MSRP of $40,000. Further sportier features such as the sport-tuned suspension, and a sport steering wheel add to the SUV's worth. The minorly redesigned 2012 Volvo XC90 can also be opted for, as in spite of new feature additions, the hike in price is minimal at just $200. Then again, you can also go for the 2016 XC90, which for an MSRP of $43,950, was fully redesigned on both the exterior and interior front, and which also marked the onset of a completely new generation. Moreover, with a certified pre-own Volvo program, various other discounts and warranty packages can also be had.

Speaking of trims, all the trims of the XC90 lineup now get the XC90 3.2 R-Design's wristwatch-style instrument cluster faces. Now despite the pros, the seven-seater SUV continues to offer poor fuel economy figures in the segment, which when taken into consideration with all the other factors, proves the XC90 to be just about average compared to the rivals. Rivals such as the Acura MDX, and the Buick Enclave are much more fuel-efficient, and have a comfortable ride quality, whereas the highly-ranked BMW X5 owns the field when it comes to a powerful engine setup and also on the sumptuously crafted interior space.

2011 Volvo XC90 Latest Updates

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ProsConsWhat's New

Great Performance (V8 engine)

Lackluster handling dynamics

Gain of 5 hp with the 6-cylinder engine

Comfortable seats

Poor fuel economy

Bluetooth and satellite radio now standard

Superior safety quotient

Cramped third-row seats 

Over All Rating

7.1

Out of 10

Pricing and Features6.00
Pricing and Feature9.00
Features8.00
Engine and Performance6.30
Fuel Economy5.00
Interior6.70
Exterior7.00
Safety8.50
Competition9.00
Notable Rankings

#13 in Midsize Suv

#14 in Suv


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Trims

Base$38,400 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • AM/FM/HD/Satellite
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Rain sensing windsheild wiper
  • Seek-Scan Radio

R-Design$40,200 onwards

  • 19-inch silver aluminum Wheels


Colors and Styles

2011 Volvo XC90 in Adriatic Blue color
Adriatic Blue

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Introduced in the year 2003, the Volvo XC90 is the very definition of what a luxury crossover should be like. The 2011 Volvo XC90 comes with many features like the updated leather upholstery, premium sound system, and heated front seats amongst others, which render it a decent option in this SUV segment. With prices starting at $38,200, the 2011 Volvo XC90 is available in three trims namely the 3.2 Base, 3.2 R-Design, and V8 trims. As the name suggests the trims are powered by an inline engine or a V8 engine. While this is the case on the powertrain front, on the practical and green side, despite the choice of the engine on offer, the 2011 XC90's fuel economy numbers are definitely not worth the price you pay for a midsize luxury SUV.


Buying Advice

We suggest the 2011 XC90 3.2 R-Design trim as it provides a sportier riding experience with sports-tuned suspension, sport styling wheel, and 19-inch alloy wheels. It also gets many creature comforts and comes with a superior safety quotient too. Although, having said that, if you need sheer performance then you can go for the XC90 V8 trim.

Features
8.0/10

The 2011 XC90 is available in mainly three trims namely the 3.2 Base, 3.2 R-Design, and the V8 trims. The prices for the same start from an MSRP of $38,200 for the base trim, and go all the way up to $47,800 for the V8 trim. The XC90 trims are powered by a standard 3.2L V-6 engine or a bigger 4.4L V-8 engine for better performance. While the FWD setup is standard with the base trims, the top V8 trim gets AWD as standard.

Trims 

3.2

3.2 R-Design 

V8 

MSRP

$38,200

$40,000

$47,800

Key Features

3.2L Inline-6 engine

Adds to or upgrades to the base trim 

4.4L V-8 engine 

 

Leather upholstery

Special leather upholstery

18-inch alloy wheels

 

power front seats with driver memory settings

Sport-tuned suspension

Color-keyed fender tips

 

wood interior trim

Sporty exterior styling cues

Bodyside moldings

 

18-inch alloy wheels

Sport styling wheel 

Heated front seats 

 

Rear parking sensors

19-inch alloy wheels 

Rain sensing wipers

All the trims of the 2011 XC90 come with signature Volvo safety, comfort, and luxury, that you would expect from a Volvo vehicle. For the year, both Bluetooth and Satellite radio are offered as standard. Besides the trim features available, every XC90 trim has been made eligible for certain packages on offer by Volvo. While the Multimedia, Climate, and Dynamic package are available in all trims, the prestigious Luxury package is only privy to the V8 trim.

Engine and Performance
6.3/10

The 2011 Volvo XC90 is equipped with a 3.2L six-cylinder engine producing about 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. If you are in need of better performance figures, you can also opt for a 4.4L V-8 engine with the XC90, which belts out 311 hp. but even with the V8 engine at the helm, the 2011 XC90 does not feel overtly responsive and sporty.

The overall ride experience is smooth and the performance is just about decent, with nothing to boast about. It is not enough to give you an adrenaline rush and the handling dynamics are also not inspiring. It is available in standard front-wheel-drive configuration and the 2011 XC90 takes about 9 seconds for the 0-60 mph sprint. A quarter-mile drag is done in about 16.8 seconds. Overall, the performance is underwhelming from its base 3.2L engine.

Models

2011 Volvo XC90 

2011 Acura MDX

2011 Buick Enclave 

2011 BMW X5

MSRP

$38,200

$42,930

$38,980

$46,300

Engine

3.2L Inline-6

3.7L V6

3.6L V6

3.0L I-6

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

6 Speed Shiftable Automatic

6 Speed Shiftable Automatic

6 Speed Shiftable Automatic

8 Speed Shiftable Automatic

Power

240hp@6200rpm

300hp@6300rpm

288hp@6300rpm

300 hp 

Torque

236lb-ft@3200rpm

270lb-ft@4500rpm

270lb-ft@3400rpm

300 lb-ft 

0-60 (MPH) (seconds)

9.0

7.0

8.4

6.8

Quarter Mile (MPH) (second)

16.8

15.4

16.5

N/A

Top Speed

127 MPH

135 MPH

135 MPH

146 MPH

The X5 is a more capable performer here with its smaller engine. It does the 0-60 mph dash in just 6.8 seconds. The MDX also accelerates well but is equipped with a bigger engine. It does 0-60 mph in about 7.0 seconds. The Enclave does the same in about 8.4 seconds. The Volvo XC90 is the most underpowered performer in this comparison.

Fuel Economy
5.0/10

The 2011 Volvo XC90 is not a very fuel-efficient SUV. It delivers about 16 MPG, 22 MPG, and 18 miles to the gallon, in the city, on the highway, and in mixed driving conditions respectively. With a fuel tank capacity of 21.1 gallons, the 2011 XC90 can travel up to 338 miles, 464 miles, and 380 miles, in the city, on the highway, and in mixed driving conditions respectively.

Models

2011 Volvo XC90 

2011 Acura MDX

2011 Buick Enclave 

2011 BMW X5

MPG (City)

16

16

17

16

MPG (Highway)

22

21

24

23

MPG (Combined)

18

18

19

19

Range 

337.6/464.2

336.0/441.0

374.0/528.0

360/517

Fuel Capacity

21.1

21.0

22.0

22.5

The Buick Enclave and BMW X5 are more fuel-efficient as compared to the competition. Both come with the same combined fuel efficiency figures but owing to a larger 22.5-gallon fuel tank, the X5 wins the range battle. The XC90 and Acura MDX, both offer about 18 MPG in combined driving conditions and come with smaller fuel tank capacities and hence lose out in the range game.

Interior
6.7/10

The 2011 XC90 can seat up to seven passengers across three rows. The cabin is upscale and uses luxurious materials everywhere. The front seats are comfortable, and supportive and are worth long journeys. The second-row seats are comfortable too. The third-row seats are best suited for children as adults might feel cramped in there. The NVH levels are well controlled inside the cabin and the ride can become slightly harsh with a V8 engine. Overall, the XC90’s cabin is a good place to be in.

All the SUVs except the X5, offer seating for seven passengers. The XC90 is the least practical SUV of the lot, owing to a lower cargo capacity of just 8.8 cu-ft and cramped third-row seats. The Buick Enclave offers class-leading cargo capacity and third-row legroom too. The BMW is a five-seater SUV and offers about 23.3 cu-ft of space behind the second row.

Models

2011 Volvo XC90 

2011 Acura MDX

2011 Buick Enclave 

2011 BMW X5

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

39.7/58.3/41.0

39.2/61.6/41.2

40.4/62.0/41.3

36.6/60/40

Second Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

38.4/57.8/34.6

38.6/61.5/38.7

39.0/61.4/36.9

39.3/58/36.6

Third Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

35.5/54.1/30.1

37.5/57.1/29.1

37.2/57.4/33.2

N/A

Cargo Capacity (Cu. ft)

8.8

15.0

23.3

21.9

The 2011 XC90 is equipped with an easy-to-use and intuitive infotainment system. It is equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, Sirius satellite radio, new watch dial instrumentation, and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity as standard. An optional Multimedia package comes with a DVD-driven navigation system with real traffic, a premium audio system, a dual-screen DVD entertainment system, and a rear park-assist camera.

Exterior
7.0/10

The 2011 XC90 is most similar to its predecessor except for some minor styling updates here and there. The front fascia combines a rectangular grille with a chrome outline and two distinctive multi-reflector halogen or Xenon gas discharge headlamps that are functional and blend well with the overall design. The tall, wagon-like styling is not for everyone. The side profile of the XC90 is devoid of any aggressive character lines and the roof rails in silver finish grant it a typical SUV-ish look.

The rear profile gets a typical Volvo vertical tail light setup and a roof-mounted spoiler with an integrated stop lamp never looks out of place. The liftgate opens in a vertical fashion. The XC90 gets higher ground clearance in its segment and it’s definitely better. The Buick Enclave is definitely a larger SUV in dimensions and sits on a longer wheelbase, aiding in better legroom and higher stability. The Acura MDX offers a shorter wheelbase and gets adequate ground clearance as well.

Models

2011 Volvo XC90 

2011 Acura MDX

2011 Buick Enclave 

2011 BMW X5

Curb Weight (lbs)

4751

4550

4780

4960

Length (.in)

189.3

191.6

201.8

191.1

Width (.in)

74.7

78.5

79.0

76.3

Height (.in)

70.2

68.2

72.5

67.4

Wheelbase (.in)

112.6

108.3

118.9

114

Ground Clearance (.in)

8.9

8.2

8.4

8.3

Some of the standout exterior features of the 2011 XC90 are:

  • Fog lights 
  • Running Boards
  • Power tailgate
  • Dual Xenon gas discharge headlights with bending lights 
  • 18-inch alloy wheels 
  • Roof rails 
Safety
8.5/10

All Volvo cars are known for their safety quotient and the 2011 XC90 is no different. The 2011 Volvo XC90 is loaded with standard safety features plus can be had with many other high-tech optional safety tech. The safety features like stability and traction control system, brake assist, ABS, EBD, roll stability control, roll protection system, rear park assist, front airbags, side curtain airbags, etc are available as standard. On the safety rating front, the IIHS has rated the XC90 as “Good” in most of its test parameters.

Some of the standout safety features of the 2011 XC90 are:

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Blind Spot Monitoring (Optional)
  • Lane keep assist 
  • Vehicle stability control 
  • Emergency brake assist
Competition
9.0/10

2011 Volvo XC90 vs 2011 Acura MDX

It is a really close one between the XC90 and the MDX. Highlighting the key differences, the Volvo offers a fine interior experience with a premium cabin showing an impressive build quality. The Acura falters by a fine margin here in terms of the quality but, the Acura offers plenty more space compared to the former.

However, the 2011 Volvo XC90 has the ball in its court when it comes to the safety standards on offer. The 2011 Acura MDX just does not match the Volvo standards or reliability. Also when it comes to pricing, used Volvo XC90 listings show considerably lower average prices compared to the Acura. This round goes to the Volvo.

2011 Volvo XC90 vs 2011 BMW X5

Pitching the Volvo XC90 against the 2011 BMW X5, the BMW comes in with an added advantage of performance. The X5 outperforms the XC90 on any given day. However, the 2011 XC90 makes a point against the BMW with better safety standards and reliability. But to no avail.

The X5 takes the upper spot with the BMW standards of luxury. When it comes to pricing, the difference comes out to be a thin line but the Volvo shows more value to the purchase with a saving of $2000 over the BMW.

Final Verdict

The 2011 Volvo XC90 is a well-built vehicle with many luxurious amenities and safety features. It lacks a smile-inducing performance quotient and a decent fuel economy but does tick many other right boxes too. You can opt for a bigger V-8 engine for better performance. However, the looks won’t change and it has a dated styling that won’t appeal to everyone. So, in our opinion, you must check out other SUVs in this class before making a decision.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$42200

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

195 cu in

horse power

240 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

236 lb.-ft. @ 3200 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

dimensions
length

189.3 in

wheelbase

112.6 in

width

74.7 in

curb weight

4751 lbs

Height

70.2 in

Ground Clearance

9 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

100.9 cu ft

cargo volume

85.1 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

16/19/22 mpg

highway range

464.2 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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2011 Volvo XC90

4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 23, 2022

Feature packed luxury midsize SUV

Pros - Supportive front seats, stylish interior and superior safety.

Cons - Unrefined performance and poor fuel economy.

Midsize SUV with unrefined performance I've been driving my mediocre XC90 for the past two years. The 3.2-liter inline-6 engine struggles to get this hefty car moving; it's simply not up to the challenge of powering over 5,000 pounds. Although the ride is comfortable, it is far from sporty. The XC90's interior is well-crafted, and the seats in the first two rows are very spacious; nevertheless, t...

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Vernon I.Flowers

2011 Volvo XC90

R-Design 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 20, 2022

Decent midsize SUV for families

Pros - Supportive front seats, stylish interior, smooth ride quality, good safety features and smooth ride.

Cons - Unrefined performance, poor fuel economy and the engine is not up for the task.

Less economical midsize SUV with less driving excitement. It's been almost three years since I am driving my CX90 and although I have a few minor complaints about the vehicle, it has been quite a reliable partner so far. Its interior is well-crafted, and the seats in the first two rows are quite spacious, but its third row is tight, and its cargo capacity is just average. My R-Design model feels ...

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Bella Cornish

2011 Volvo XC90

4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 10, 2022

Beautifully crafted and has aged well

Pros - Top quality cabin materials, Looks very premium, Got some bite in the performance.

Cons - Tiny AC vents, Fuel flap issues.

Old cars doesnt always have to be boring Im honestly surprised and happy that a car from 2011 has managed to impress me in terms of the cabin as it feels and looks like its built to perfection. Its also lasted well and doesn't really show the age. The materials and stitching used for the cabin is top notch and the XC90 isnt definitely a boring ar. The drive is power packed but at times, I feel li...

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8/10
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Volvo XC90 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$53,678
5 Year Cost To Own
$69,840
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $69,840
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$7,004$5,484$4,433$4,997$4,363$26,281
Insurance$1,420$1,521$1,514$1,609$1,702$7,766
Fuel$2,040$2,177$2,248$2,249$2,390$11,104
Maintenance$105$424$991$2,901$2,793$7,214
Repairs$-20$30$13$754$1,166$1,943
Financing Interest$3,305$2,727$1,994$1,261$473$9,760
Taxes and Fees$4,474$372$343$308$275$5,772
Total Cost-To-Own$18,328$12,735$11,536$14,079$13,162$69,840
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