2021 Volvo XC90

Rating8.1

Ranked #10 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$49,000 - $87,900

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Key Spec of 2021 Volvo XC90
fuel economy

21/25/30

fuel type

Premium Unleaded (required)

horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

2021 Volvo XC90 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 11, 2022

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The 2021 Volvo XC90 is a technologically advanced luxury SUV that stands out in its class with its lightweight and rigid SPA platform. For 2021, however, Volvo introduces plenty of feature additions to the lineup, including adaptive LED headlights and foglights, two USB-C ports, and more. The XC90 T6 Momentum trim now gets a wireless charging pad, while the R-Design trim gets standard heated front seats and cornering foglights.

2021 Volvo XC90 For Sale

Available in over 5 trim configurations, the prices for the on-sale 2021 XC90 start from an MSRP of $49,000 for the T5 Momentum trim with the FWD setup, while the AWD setup will run you back by $51,500. The top-end T6 Inscription trim is only available in an AWD setup and is priced at $63,250. Having said that, the T5 R-Design XC90, for the price of $55,600, seems to be of great worth. The sporty feature set in itself makes it a compelling choice. The Volvo XC90 comes with an average lease payment of $766/ month for a 36-month period. This excludes a $2000 signing payment. Moreover, you can also opt for the 24 or 48-month term lengths, which will set you back by $849/ month and $769/ month respectively.

2021 Volvo XC90 Buying Advice

Honda has made significant changes to the 2021 XC90, which renders it that much more worth it than the 2020 XC90, all for a hike in price at $600. Nevertheless, if you're in the market for an older model, we recommend you go for any one of the following, the 2018 XC90, or the 2017 MY, as they've had significant changes being introduced.

On the specs front, the base XC90 T5 variant gets a 250 hp 2.0L turbo-4 unit, whereas the XC90 T8 Recharge plug-in hybrid gets a 400 hp 2.0L turbo and supercharged Inline-4 engine. Known across the masses for its exceptional safety quotient, the 2021 XC90 now also gets blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as standard. Furthermore, the 2021 XC90 gets the same impressive interior styling for this year, although it can now be had with the Inscription trim's Lounge package, which adds massaging front seats, suede headliner, and much more.

2021 Volvo XC90 Latest Updates

  • May' 11, 2022 : Volvo's 2023 Model Year Update To Drop Gas-Only Models, & Offer Google-OS Standard And New Design Read More »
  • Apr' 29, 2022 : The Top 10 Fastest Volvo Cars Ever Made To Date Read More »
  • Apr' 20, 2022 : For 2022 Model Year Volvo Cars Bags Most ‘Top Safety Pick+' Awards From IIHS Read More »

ProsConsWhat's New

Luxurious cabin with quality materials throughout

Not a good off-roader

Added LED adaptive headlamps and LED fog lights as standard equipment 

Practical cabin with lots of space

Confusing infotainment system

Type-C ports will replace Type-A ports in the second row

A plethora of standard safety features

Base engine's capability

Added blind-spot monitoring, auto-dimming side mirrors, and rear cross-traffic alert as standard 

Really good driving dynamics

Momentum trim gets parking sensors and a wireless charging pad

R-Design trim gets standard cornering fog lights and heated seats

Lounge package adds massaging front seats, Nubuck suede headliner, and leather-trimmed sun visors

Over All Rating

8.1

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Features8.50
Engine and Performance8.00
Fuel Economy8.50
Interior8.00
Exterior8.00
Safety9.00
Competition9.00
Notable Rankings

#10 in Midsize Suv

#11 in Suv


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Trims

T5 Momentum$49,000 onwards

  • 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Front and rear Fog/driving lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/HD/Satellite
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

T5 R-Design$56,100 onwards

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Nappa leather Seat trim
  • Navigation system

T6 Momentum$56,300 onwards

  • 19-inch silver aluminum Wheels

T6 R-Design$62,000 onwards

  • 20-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • Nappa leather Seat trim

T6 Inscription$63,750 onwards

  • 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Passenger-seat memory settings
  • Rear sunshades

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2022 Volvo XC906

2022 Volvo XC90 Momentum

T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

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$56,737
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$7,823 Below market
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MSRP $60,890
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2022 Volvo XC906

2022 Volvo XC90 Momentum

T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

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$56,737
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2022 Volvo XC906

2022 Volvo XC90 Momentum

T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Dealer Price
$56,737
Est. $770/mo
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$7,823 Below market
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MSRP $60,890
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2022 Volvo XC906

2022 Volvo XC90 Momentum

T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

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$56,737
Est. $770/mo
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$7,823 Below market
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MSRP $60,890
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2022 Volvo XC9030

2022 Volvo XC90 Momentum

T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

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$56,737
Est. $770/mo
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MSRP $60,890
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2022 Volvo XC906

2022 Volvo XC90 Momentum

T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

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$56,737
Est. $770/mo
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$7,823 Below market
RMV: $64,560
Miami, FL
MSRP $60,890
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2022 Volvo XC906

2022 Volvo XC90 Momentum

T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Dealer Price
$56,737
Est. $770/mo
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$7,823 Below market
RMV: $64,560
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MSRP $60,890
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2022 Volvo XC9029

2022 Volvo XC90 Momentum

T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Dealer Price
$56,737
Est. $770/mo
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MSRP $60,890
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2022 Volvo XC9030

2022 Volvo XC90 Momentum

T5 Momentum 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Dealer Price
$57,019
Est. $774/mo
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$7,541 Below market
RMV: $64,560
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MSRP $61,190
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Colors and Styles

2021 Volvo XC90 in Denim Blue Metallic color
Denim Blue Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The Volvo XC90 is the flagship offering by the Swedish automaker and was also the first-ever SUV from Volvo. On its debut itself, it received several awards for its build quality, performance, practicality, and of course safety. As it was already perfect, the XC90 remained in its first generation for a long haul of 12 years. To make it more competitive and modern, Volvo revealed the second generation in 2015.

The 2021 Volvo XC90 has an attractive starting price of $49,000, with 5 trim levels, two engine options, and an AWD system. It boasts an enticing appearance inside-out and a suite of luxury and convenience features allowing the 2021 XC90 to give fierce competition to the Mercedes-Benz GLE Class, Audi Q7, and the BMW X5.


Buying Advice

The T5 R-Design trim of the 2021 Volvo XC90 seems like a fair value if you want a luxurious 3 seater crossover SUV. With that, you have distinctive exterior styling and a premium Nappa leather upholstery for the inside. The comfort levels are impressive with the 14-way power heated seats. The optional packages add greater value to the XC90. It bears an MSRP of $55,600, however, opting for the AWD variant will cost you around $1,500 in excess.

Features
8.5/10

The 2021 Volvo XC90 is offered in 5 trim levels with two engine options. The base price climbs up from $49,000 for the T5 Momentum and goes up to $63,250 for the T6 Inscription. Even from the base variant, the SUV gets some interesting standard features such as the adaptive LED headlamps, leather upholstery with aluminum inlays. Now coming to the engine choices, the T5 XC90 gets a turbocharged 2.0L engine, and the T6 variant gets a 316 hp 2.0L turbocharged and supercharged engine.

Trim

T5 Momentum

T5 R-Design

T6 Momentum

T6 R-Design

T6 Inscription

MSRP (FWD)

$49,000

$55,600

N/A

N/A

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

$51,500

$58,100

$56,950

$62,650

$63,250

Key Features

19-inch 6-spoke sparkling silver alloy wheels

20-inch 5-spoke Matt black alloy wheels

Adds features to the T5 Momentum

Adds features to the T5 R-Design

21-inch 8-spoke silver diamond cut alloy wheels

 

Chrome surround black grille

Gloss black grille with silk metal frame

316hp 2.0L I-4 Premium

316hp 2.0L I-4 Premium

Matt silver grille with chrome frame

 

Adaptive LED headlamps

Metal mesh aluminum inlays

Distance pacing cruise control

Sensus navigation system with real-time traffic display

Linear walnut inlays

 

Dual-zone front and rear air-conditioning

R-Design leather steering wheel

10-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system

360 degree surround view camera

12-inch driver's display

 

Leather upholstery

Nappa leather/nubuck leather textile upholstery

Genuine wood interior accents

Front and rear fog LED fog lamps

Dual-pane panoramic sunroof

 

Cross brushed aluminum inlays

14-way power heated front seats with 4-way lumbar support

Graphical heads up display

Harman Kardon Premium audio system

16-way power heated front seats with 4-way lumbar support

New additions to the lineup now include the Momentum trim getting both a wireless charging pad and front parking sensors. R-Design and the above trims get treated with standard heated front seats, whereas the top-tier Inscription trim gets plenty of other optional features that are bundled into packages. New for 2021 is the Lounge package, which now includes massaging front seats and a suede headliner amongst others.

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

The base engine that powers the Volvo XC90 is a turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4 engine. It is a 250 hp motor that gets peak power at 5,500 RPM and outputs a torque of 258 lb-ft at just 1,500 RPM. With the top trims, you get a more powerful 4-cylinder engine with a peak power of 316 hp and a torque output of 295 lb-ft. Both the engines are mated to an 8-Speed Geartronic automatic transmission that comes with selectable driving modes and it ensures slick adaptive shifts to give you a seamless driving experience. The XC90 base powers front wheels where the higher trims get power delivered to all the wheels with the full-time AWD.

The 250-hp engine powering the 2021 XC90 is quite capable with its 7.5 seconds 0-60 MPH sprint and a quarter-mile run that takes 15.5 seconds. The 316 hp engine is more agile and fun to drive with the robust acceleration that pushes it ahead with a 6.5 seconds 0-60 MPH whereas the quarter-mile run takes close to 15.0 seconds where it tops at 143 MPH.

Models

2021 Volvo XC90 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

2021 Audi Q7 

2021 BMW X5 

MSRP

$49,000

$57,250

$54,950

$59,400

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

3.0L Turbocharged Inline Six-Cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

250 hp @ 5,500 RPM

255 hp @ 5,800 RPM

248 hp @ 5,000 RPM

335 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

273 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM

273 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

330 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

0-60 MPH 

7.5 seconds

7.4 seconds

7.6 seconds

5.5 seconds

Quarter-Mile 

15.5 seconds

15.3 seconds

15.4 seconds

13.7 seconds

Top Speed 

133 MPH

133 MPH

130 MPH

155 MPH

The 2021 Volvo XC90 handles surprisingly well for an SUV this big. It deals with the corners well with minimal body roll but the trade-off is a slightly firm suspension which is further aggravated by bigger alloy wheels. The air suspension does smoothen the drive-by quite a bit but remains on the firmer side of the scale. The base engine is fairly punchy but is a bit noisy and feels a bit rough when the revs are high.

Safety has always been Volvo’s prime selling point and when it's about braking, it won't take any chances. That's why the 2021 XC90 has 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS and brake assistance with the XC90 to deliver proper braking. With that, you have 13.2-inch brake rotors at the front and smaller 12.1-inch rotors at the back. The XC90 can stop from a speed of 60 MPH in just 115 feet of distance.

Fuel Economy
8.5/10

Volvo cars have a thing about fuel economy. With the same old idea, the 2021 XC90 has a good enough fuel economy from its 250 hp 4 cylinders. The 2021 XC90 delivers 21 MPG in the city, 30 MPG on the highway, and a combined 25 MPG. The 18.8-gallon tank provides a maximum range of 564 miles which can take you anywhere. With an increase in power on the 316 hp engine, the fuel economy isn't much affected. The XC90 will provide 19 MPG in the city, 28 MPG on the highway, and a combined 22 MPG. The economy isn't that bad for a bump of 66 hp. Still, you have a highway range of 526.4 miles which is still something.

Models

2021 Volvo XC90 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

2021 Audi Q7 

2021 BMW X5 

MPG (City)

21

19

19

21

MPG (Highway)

30

26

23

26

MPG (Combined)

25

22

21

23

Fuel Tank Capacity 

18.8 gallons

22.5 gallons

22.5 gallons

21.9 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

395/564/470

428/585/495

428/518/473

460/569/504

When compared with the rivals, the XC90 has the best fuel economy and an extraordinary highway economy from both powertrains. The BMW X5 gets close to the XC90 with its similar city MPG. The Volvo XC90’s smaller tank does eat up in the estimated range and it could do better with a bigger fuel tank.

Interior
8.0/10

Volvo has designed the second-generation XC90 with the same practical approach. Among the luxury brands, it is one the most spacious 3 row SUV. Yet again Volvo has made major changes to the cabin with top-notch luxury features and technology. Its main focus was on quality and comfort, and the XC90 does offer that. When the leather upholstery is mixed with chrome, wood, and aluminum inlays, the interior becomes undeniable. The dashboard offers a massive vertical display at the center as well as a driver's display in the cluster. Ergonomics are also fine, with everything falling to hand.

The XC90 has a standard seating capacity of 7 people whereas the top Inscription trim offers 6 people seating with its 2nd row Captain chairs. For the front row, we have 10-way power adjustments as standard. With that, you have driver's seat memory settings as well. The second row has a 40-20-40 split-bench seat which is foldable to make way for the cargo. At the back, we get dual bucket seats with fold-to-floor options that are suitable for the children. Other than standard leather upholstery, you have Nappa leather upholstery too. Behind its third row, what we are left with is the XC90's 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

Models

2021 Volvo XC90 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

2021 Audi Q7 

2021 BMW X5 

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.9/57.7/40.9

40.5/59.3/40.3

39.9/59.5/41.7

40.8/60.0/39.8

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.5/56.5/37.0

39.6/58.3/40.9

38.8/58.5/38.8

38.7/58.1/37.4

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

36.3/46.9/31.9

N/A

35.9/49.4/29.2

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

15.8

33.3

14.2

33.9

The 2021 Volvo XC90 carries a 9.0-inch Sensus Connect touchscreen infotainment. It is a vertical display that ensures proper visibility, usability, and clarity for the ease of the driver. The infotainment supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto device integration. From the R-Design trim onwards, you get the Sensus Satellite navigation pro with a real-time traffic display to let you arrive at your destinations on time.

The new addition is a wireless charging dock and 2-Type C ports that will keep your devices from running out of battery. You can even avail an intuitive 12.3-inch all-digital gauge cluster with the XC90. There is a lot in the XC90 to keep the occupants entertained with some of the highlights being:

  • 9-inch touchscreen with navigation
  • Standard 10-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Head-up display
  • Optional 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Optional 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system
Exterior
8.0/10

The 2021 Volvo XC90 is all about its design. With the second generation model, Volvo has revamped its flagship SUV to make it bolder against the German brands. The sharp front fascia of the 2021 Volvo XC90 is a result of its directional adaptive LED headlamps that will find you the road on its own. The black grille is designed trimmed with chrome surround where the Volvo looks like a medallion at the center. A new aerodynamic bumper offers LED fog lamps with huge air ducts.

The side profile of the XC90 makes you realize that it is a pretty huge SUV. There is a chrome surround on the beltline that gets wider around the fixed third-row windows. From the rear, the XC90 looks like a sporty SUV with those huge dual chrome exhausts. The unique tail lamps have taken shape with the rear fascia of the XC90 and that's what makes them look cool. The 2021 XC90 has 19-inch 6-spoke sparkling silver alloy wheels as standard, that can be upgraded to bigger 20- or 21-inch wheels as well.

Models

2021 Volvo XC90 

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

2021 Audi Q7 

2021 BMW X5 

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,394

4,696

4,784

4,758

Length (inches)

194.9

194.3

199.3

194.3

Width (inches)

79.1

76.7

77.6

78.9

Height (inches)

69.9

70.7

68.5

68.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

9.4

7.1

8.1

8.4

Wheelbase (inches)

117.5

117.9

117.9

122.5

Some of the exterior features on offer are-

  • 19- /20- /21-inch wheels
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Heated wiper blades
  • Illuminated door sills
  • Black exterior trim (R-Design only)
Safety
9.0/10

To make it more agile and safe, the 2021 Volvo XC90 is based on a new SPA platform that makes the structure both lightweight and rigid at the same time. The cabin is protected by a safety cage crafted with high-strength steel to keep the passengers intact. Also, it is a light armored vehicle and that's why it scored a perfect 5 stars on the NHTSA safety test. Moreover, it is the “Top safety pick+” SUV for 2021 MY, awarded by IIHS. Inside, the cabin is protected with 8 standard advanced airbags with occupant detection. Other than that, the 2021 XC90 is equipped with plenty more advanced active safety features.

Some of the standout safety features are as follows:

  • Forward collision mitigation 
  • Adaptive cruise control 
  • Rear cross-traffic alert 
  • Rear automatic braking 
  • City safety alert and braking
  • Rear collision warning
Competition
9.0/10

2021 Volvo XC90 vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350

The Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 gives the closest competition to the Volvo XC90 with its better performance, next-level luxury experience, and technology. In terms of comfort, the XC90 is still behind the GLE 350. If you want a value-for-money SUV with better safety and convenience, the Volvo XC90 is a better pick than the GLE 350 at $49,000.

2021 Volvo XC90 vs 2021 BMW X5

The 2021 BMW X5 is the only SUV in the class that gives Volvo XC90 a tough time with its agility, dynamics, and sporty handling. The XC90 is still far away from all that stuff. However, the lightweight structure is a step ahead of the and still gets closer to the BMW X6 with the 316 hp motor that makes it a worthy SUV for its price.

Final Verdict

With the recent updates, the 2021 Volvo XC90 looks attractive and capable. The two engine options offer decent performance and a great fuel economy. You have the luxury as well as a practical cabin. A long list of convenience and comfort will keep your ride comfortable and enjoyable. At a starting price of $49,000, the XC90 is the best valued 3-row luxury SUV you can have if you are in for a long haul.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$57450

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

120 cu in

horse power

295 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

268 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

dimensions
length

194.9 in

wheelbase

117.5 in

width

79.1 in

curb weight

4374 lbs

Height

69.9 in

Ground Clearance

9.4 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

13.8 cu ft

cargo volume

85.7 cu ft

passenger capacity

6 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

19/22/28 mpg

highway range

526.40 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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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