2013 Volvo XC90

MSRP $39,700 - $47,600

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Updated on: December 29, 2021

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The Volvo XC90 was first launched in 2003 and after a decade of waiting, it finally gets a facelift. This car belongs to the midsize luxury SUV segment, this segment has seen many competitors that have already gone through multiple upgrades. It has less appealing exteriors as compared to its rivals but it offers smooth/ non-sporty ride quality, excellent comfort, and overall good safety features.

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Pros

Premium & elegant interiors

Two drivetrain options (Front-wheel drive & All-wheel drive )

Comfortable front seats 

Smooth daily driving

Cons

Old & outdated navigation system

Underpowered engine

Unpractical third-row seats

A decent cargo size

What's New?

A new paint scheme

Redwood accents inside the car

Headlight washer and rain-sensing wipers as standard features.


2013 Volvo XC90 Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.4

based on 5 ratings


7.0/10Features
8.0/10Interiors
7.2/10Design
7.8/10Safety
7.0/10Reliability
7.2/10Deal Value

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Walter kissell

2013 Volvo XC90

Premier Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 29, 2021

Good for the passengers but not for the driver

Pros - Great build quality – Easy to drive – Silent cabin.

Cons - Low on power – Loose tailgate – Low headlight intensity.

Definitely needs a bigger engine A very well crafted SUV that has a great level of comfort and the silent cabin just makes the XC90 one of the best cars to be driven in. But the moment I swap seats with the driver, the XC90 becomes a dull car as the power on it is way too low. Its even lower than how much my girl can get, so that explains the whole aspect. I also have trouble with the tailgate on my XC90 as it just doesn’t swing the way all up as it should and hangs partially. Wanted to get the tail gate fixed but hydraulics cost $225 and I just chose to not replace them

5/10
Features
8/10
Interior
4/10
Design
8/10
Safety
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Deal Value
6/10
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BC

Bella Cornish

2014 Volvo XC90

4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 7, 2022

Reliable build quality!!!

Pros - Roomy interiors--Power-packed V6 engine--Precise steering feel--Secured rides

Cons - Noisy rides at high speeds--Big turning radius

Comfortable and Powerful I've replaced some minor spares and getting the job done for my family since 2018. I purchased this car with 25,700 miles on the odometer and it has ample space to haul my two dogs during holidays. Apart from space, this SUV also has a power-packed V6 engine to reach destinations quickly and I never underpowered while driving on highways. The steering feels precise on wet roads and its 18-inch alloy wheels render better road grip to ensure secured rides. I got a better deal from the previous owner and the sales consultants negotiated the deal well. The showroom had a vast infrastructure and a pet-friendly ambiance for a hassle-free purchasing experience.

8/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
8/10
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JM

Jared Monahan

2012 Volvo XC90

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

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 28, 2021

SUV with sophisticated good inside-out looks

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

Cons - Tight third row seating and seating on the third row takes up space from the second row.

competent luxury family oriented crossover. four years ago I took up with the 2012 Volvo XC90 for its safety, comfort and decent off roading abilities. My XC90, like other Volvos, has sophisticated good looks, a pleasant cabin, and a variety of smart safety systems. Inside, it appears quite outdated, since it symbolises Volvo's design approach before moving to more basic layouts and thin-panel controls. I'm not sure why they included the third row in the car, given the cramped third row legroom in the second row is reduced. I love the wood trimmed gear shift knob as it gives a premium feel. It seems more agile than I expected from a towering seven-passenger vehicle, and it still drives nicely despite ...

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
9/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

195 cu.in.

horsepower

240 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

236 lb.-ft. @ 3200 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

112.6 in.

length

189.3 in.

width

76.2 in.

height

70.2 in.

curb weight

4665 lbs.

ground clearance

8.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

85.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

3970 lbs.

payload capacity

1248 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/23 mpg

highway range

485.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$39,700 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Fog/Driving lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rain sensing windsheild wiper
  • Rear air conditioning with controls
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Sirius AM/FM/HD/Satellite
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

Premier Plus$42,200 onwards

R-Design$42,500 onwards

  • 19-inch silver aluminum Wheels

R-Design Premier Plus$42,900 onwards

Platinum$44,900 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • Navigation system

R-Design Platinum$45,600 onwards

  • 19-inch silver aluminum Wheels

Colors and Styles

2013 Volvo XC90 in Black Stone color
Black Stone

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.0

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.2

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.8

Competition

9.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


This vehicle is not for those who want to explore places or might go off-roading with it. This car is made available by Volvo in two drivetrains, the front-wheel drive, and the all-wheel-drive trim. It is more suitable for those, who don’t want anything extraordinary with their vehicle, those who just want to run errands, cruise smoothly, do basic stuff and the main purpose is to get the family from one place to another.


8.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.2/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.8/10
Safety


2013 Volvo XC90 Features

8.0/10

The Swedish car manufacturer Volvo presents this car in models the 3.2 and 3.2 R-Design. The difference between these two models is that 3.2 R-Design on the sporty side, Both the models have 3 trims each (Base, Premier Plus, and Platinum), which means a total of 6 Trims. Other than that All-wheel-drive with instant traction is optional in all the trims of XC90. All the important features relative to the trim of this car is arranged according to the increasing price, follow the table given below:

Model

3.2

3.2 Premier Plus 

3.2 R-Design

3.2 R-Design Premier Plus

3.2 Platinum

3.2 R-Design Platinum

MSRP ($)

39,700 

42,200 

42,500 

42,900 

44,900 

42,600

Key Features

18” Alloy wheels

Xenon Adaptive headlights

19” Alloy wheels

All the features of 3.2 Premier Plus & 3.2 R-Design

18” Alloy wheels

19” Alloy wheels

 

Sunroof

Compass mounted rearview mirrors

Sport-tuned suspension & steering

 

Navigation

Have all the features of the R-Design & the Platinum trims

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Upgraded leather seats

Self-leveling rear suspension

 

LCD infotainment system

 
 

AM/FM & HD satellite radio

Redwood cabin accents

Unique Leather upholstery

 

12 Speaker audio system

 
 

Front & rear fog lights

         
 

Keyless entry

         
 

Leather upholstery

         
 

Eight-way 

front power seats

         

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The 3.2 R-Design Premier Plus trim is a bang for the buck as it has all the necessary comfort-related features but is also loaded with features like 19” alloys, all leather upholstery, self-leveling rear suspensions,sport-tuned suspension & steering system. If one can spend another $2000 then they should opt for AWD optional feature.

2013 Volvo XC90 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2013 Volvo XC90 is equipped with a powerhouse of a 3.2-liter inline 6 cylinder engine that churns out 240 hp and 236 lb-feet of torque. The motor is decent for daily driving conditions and must not attempt to go off-roading with it. For a hassle-free ride with the family, the car is mated with six-speed shiftable automatic transmission, it is a safe car with a refined engine, buttery ride quality, and reliable transmission.

This car weighs around 4751 pounds and Volvo claims that it can achieve 0 to 60 mph within 8.7 seconds. If you wanna know how much this car can tow, then it is around 3970 pounds. This car kind of feels slow in terms of 0 to 60 and towing is not that impressive, but in the end, this is a family-oriented car.

Model

Volvo XC90

Acura MDX

Audi Q7

Volkswagen Touareg

MSRP

$45,600

$43,280

$46,800

$43,945

Engine

3.2L, Inline 6 cylinder gas engine

3.2L, V6 gas engine

3.0L, Supercharged V6 gas engine

3.6L, V6 gas engine

Transmission

6-Speed shiftable automatic 

6-Speed shiftable automatic

8-Speed shiftable automatic

8-Speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

240hp @ 6200 rpm

300hp @ 6300 rpm

280hp @ 4780 rpm

280hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

236 @ 3200 rpm

270 @ 4500 rpm

295 @ 2250 rpm

265 @ 3000 rpm

0 to 60 Mph

8.7 secs

6.7 secs

7.7 secs

7.8 secs

Towing capacity

3970 lbs 

5000 lbs

6600 lbs

7700 lbs

Out of all four cars, Volvo has the least power & torque figures, while Acura MDX has the most powerful engine but delivers an adequate amount of torque for cruising. It takes Acura 6.7 secs to achieve 60 mph speed, which makes it the fastest of them all. But if someone is looking for splendid towing capacity at this price point, then Volkswagen Touareg would be a great choice for them.

2013 Volvo XC90 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2013 Volvo XC90 is designed to cruise in cities and on highways, this car delivers an economy of 16 mpg in city conditions and 23 mpg in highway conditions. These numbers aren’t justifying the engine that this car comes with, by the engine specifications of XC90 the fuel economy should have been a little bit more.

Model

Volvo XC90

Acura MDX

Audi Q7

Volkswagen Touareg

MPG (city)

16

16

16

17

MPG (Highway)

23

21

22

23

MPG (Combined)

19

18

18

19

Fuel tank capacity (gal)

21

21

26.4

26.4

By interpreting the table given above, it can be determined that the fuel economy of the Volvo XC90 & Audi Q7 lies on the same page. But concerning the engine performance of Acura MDX & VW Touareg, the fuel efficiency that these cars come with is far better than the XC90. The fuel tank of XC90 and MDX somewhat has an underwhelming capacity of 21 gallons, whereas Q7 and Touareg would offer a great tank-to-tank range with their 26.4-gallon tank.

2013 Volvo XC90 Interior

7.2/10

The 2013 Volvo XC90 has a seating capacity of seven, front row seats are roomy and comfortable, the cabin is also well isolated from outside noises. Volvo has done a good with the material selections, they provided the soft-touch materials all around the cabin that also set forth a premium look. Second-row seats are quite comfortable as well & there is decent shoulder room available for the second-row passengers. The middle seat of the second-row is a child booster seat that can slide back and forth. Third-row isn’t that much spacious for adults but it has a mild comfort for kids while having a short distance ride.

Model

Volvo XC90

Acura MDX

Audi Q7

Volkswagen Touareg

Passenger capacity

7

7

7

5

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in)

40.1 / 58.3 / 41

39.2 / 61.6 / 41.2

39.5 / 58.7 / 41.3

39.6 / 59.81 / 41.4

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in)

39.7 / 57.8 / 36.4

38.6 / 61.5 / 38.7

39 / 58.1 / 37.1 

38.9 / 56.7 / 34.9

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

NA/NA/30.1

NA/NA/28.7

NA/NA/ 29.2

No third-row seats

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu-ft.)

8.8 

15

10.9

32.1

Max cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

85.1

83.5

72.5

58

When looking at the seating comfort and space, Volvo XC90 has spacious front row seats than the others but comes with the least cargo capacity of 8.8 cu-ft. There is no point in opting for a five-seater car like VW Touareg unless you have a small family or require a huge cargo space around 32.1 cu-ft. But when it comes to the comfort of the second-row seat, Acura and Audi take the lead just by a couple of inches. Some interior features of XC90 that come as standard are mentioned below:

  • A fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Cruise controls
  • 40/20/40 split second-row seats
  • Second-row built-in center child booster seat 
  • 50-50 split third-row seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Eight-way front power seats

2013 Volvo XC90 Infotainment System

This is the part where XC90 fails to make an impression and the reason is it's not so impressive and basic infotainment system at the luxury price tag. No doubt that the controls and gauges have been arranged nicely and everything is in reach but the disappointing fact is the navigation controls behind the steering wheel or on the remote feel dull & obtuse. Besides the not-so-advanced infotainment system of the XC90, the car is still loaded with usable and practical features. Please check the features given below:

  • AM / FM Radio
  • CD Player
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • HD & Satellite Radio
  • MP3
  • Optional Entertainment System

2013 Volvo XC90 Exterior

8.0/10

The exterior of the 2013 Volvo XC90 is designed in a very subtle way, from the front it looks very basic with the Volvo’s logo and the front mesh grille. It has some similarities in terms of the exterior with XC70 but looks slightly larger than it. The clever inputs like double-barrel headlights, roof rails, Volvo’s unique taillight design, a relatively slim side profile, and the chrome strip on the tailgate with Volvo badging on it. Let’s check the dimensions of this car and compare it with the competition in the market. For further details please follow the data given below in the table:

Model

Volvo XC90

Acura MDX

Audi Q7

Volkswagen Touareg

Curb Weight (lbs)

4751

4594

5567

4974

Length (in)

189.3

191.6

200.3

188.8

Width (in)

74.7

78.5

78.1

76.4

Height (in)

70.2

68.2

68.4

68.2

Ground Clearance (in)

8.6

8.2

8.1

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

112.6

108.3

118.2

113.9

Trackwidth F/R (in)

64.3 / 63.9 

67.7 / 67.5

65 / 66

64.9 / 65.7

A moderately shorter XC90 is a bit maneuverable and not only that it’s also some hundred pounds lighter than its rivals, Track width is also low which makes the turning ability of this car quite good. On the other hand, MDX is also a lightweight vehicle with a couple of inches longer than XC90 but it has a larger track width in the segment. Some standard exterior features of Volvo XC90 are:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Foglamps
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sunroof 
  • Keyless entry
  • Headlight washers

2013 Volvo XC90 Safety

8.8/10

If there is one department that Volvo is focusing on is the safety of the vehicle, and for that, they are renowned as one of the safest brands. It cleared the safety test at the IIHS and was awarded the ‘Top Safety Pick+’. As it is not made for off-roading so the safety features are provided mainly keeping the driving to the on-road conditions. All the safety features of XC90 are mentioned below:

  • 4-Wheel disc brakes
  • 4-Wheel antilock braking system
  • Driver & passenger airbag
  • Mirror integrated turn signals
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic stability control
  • Daytime running lights
  • Rollover protection
  • Blindspot monitor as an optional feature
  •  Child safety locks
  • Traction Control

2013 Volvo XC90 Final Verdict

The Volvo XC90 is a three-row & seven-seater car, it’s considerably a big car and surely not made as an off-roading fun vehicle. The comes under a mid-size luxury SUV segment where it competes with other cars like VW Touareg, Audi Q7… etc, but XC90 feels like a safe family car. If someone is not looking for a supercar performance or an off-roading vehicle and just wanna enjoy a smooth ride with family then it is the vehicle for them.

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Top User Reviews

5

User Overall Rating

Good for the passengers but not for the driver

Definitely needs a bigger engine

by Walter kissell

9

User Overall Rating

Reliable build quality!!!

Comfortable and Powerful

by Bella Cornish

8

User Overall Rating

SUV with sophisticated good inside-out looks

competent luxury family oriented crossover.

by Jared Monahan

8

User Overall Rating

Beautifully crafted and has aged well

Old cars doesnt always have to be boring

by Bella Cornish

7

User Overall Rating

Good luxurious three row SUV for families

Desirable luxury crossover SUV

by James Jones

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