2011 Volvo XC90

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The XC90 is Volvo's midsize SUV. Introduced in 2003, it was one of the pioneers of the car-based crossover market. It provides many luxury features as standard equipment, and offers several detailed option packages. The XC90 is a 7-seater, and Bluetooth and satellite radio are newly standard for 2011.

The 2011 Volvo XC90 comes in two trims featuring an inline 6-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive (with all-wheel drive(AWD) optional), and one that features a V-8 engine with standard AWD. The entry-level XC90 3.2 includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, sunroof, and a full range of power accessories (including power front seats), plus an 8-speaker sound system. The XC90 3.2 R-Design trim steps up to 19-inch wheels, sport suspension and steering, upgraded upholstery, and special exterior ornamentation. With it, the Dynamic option package adds 20-inch wheels and adaptive bi-xenon headlights.

The 2011 Volvo XC90 V8 adds the more powerful engine and standard AWD; it provides 18-inch wheels with 19-inch wheels optional. The Climate option package addresses cold-weather issues; the Multimedia package includes a navigation system, upgraded sound system, and satellite radio. The V8 trim qualifies for the Luxury option package, which provides a long list of other upgrades.

Standard on the 2011 Volvo XC90 3.2 and 3.2 R-Design is a 240-horsepower, 3.2-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine that delivers 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The XC90 V8 features a 311-horsepower, 4.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 325 lb.-ft. of torque and delivers 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. All XC90s employ a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifters.

Standard safety features on the 2011 Volvo XC90 include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, rear park assist, front side air bags, and side curtain air bags. A blind-spot warning system is optional. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the XC90 highest-possible \"Good\" ratings across the board for occupant protection on all crash tests.

Starting MSRP for the 2011 Volvo XC90 is $38,400.


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  • Name I6 (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 38400.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
  • Name I6 (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 38400.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
  • Name I6 R-Design (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 40200.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
  • Name I6 R-Design (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 40200.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
  • Name V8 (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic, MSRP 48000.00 Engine 4.4L/269 City/Hwy MPG 14/21
  • Front reclining bucket seats
  • 8-way pwr driver seat w/adjustable lumbar, 3-position memory
  • Flat-folding pwr front passenger seat
  • Flat-folding 40/20/40 split 2nd row seat
  • 2nd row integrated booster cushion
  • 3rd row leather seat
  • Head restraints at all seating positions
  • Manually folding rear head restraints
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Front center armrest
  • Plush front/rear floor mats
  • (12) cup holders
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/illuminated cruise & audio controls
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Intelligent driver information system (IDIS)
  • Trip computer
  • Outside temp gauge
  • Pwr windows -inc: front auto-up/down, anti-trap feature
  • Central pwr locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Security alarm system w/battery backup
  • Ignition immobilizer
  • Dual-zone electronic climate control (ECC)-inc: 2nd row vents
  • 3rd row air conditioning w/separate controls
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Illuminated lockable glove box
  • Wood inlays
  • Front door storage pockets
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Front/rear reading lamps
  • Front footwell entry lights
  • Cargo area lights
  • Interior cabin light delay feature
  • Leather shift knob
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • R-Design leather seating surfaces
  • R-Design front/rear floor mats
  • R-Design steering wheel w/illuminated cruise & audio controls
  • R-Design watch-dial instrumentation
  • R-design aluminum inlays
  • R-design sport shift knob
  • Heated front seats
  • Soft leather seating surfaces
  • Sapeli wood steering wheel w/illuminated cruise & audio controls
  • Watch-dial instrumentation
  • Homelink universal garage door opener
  • Interior air quality system (IAQS)
  • Sapeli wood inlays
  • Sapeli wood shift knob
  • Grocery bad holder
  • 18" "Camulus" alloy wheels
  • P235/65R18 tires
  • Pwr glass moonroof w/sliding sunshade, auto-open
  • Silver roof rails
  • Auto-off headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear fog light w/auto-off
  • Safe Approach & Home Safe security lighting
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Pwr heated mirrors w/memory, puddle lights, integrated turn signals
  • Variable intermittent front wipers
  • Rear wiper/washer -inc: automatic function in reverse when front wipers on
  • Dual-split tailgate
  • 19" "Vulcanis" alloy wheels
  • P255/50R19 Pirelli Scorpion Zero all-season tires
  • Bumper bar
  • R-Design grille
  • R-Design silk matte mirror caps
  • 18" "Situla" alloy wheels
  • Silver bumper bar
  • Headlamp washers
  • Chrome mirror caps
  • Rain-sensing variable intermittent front wipers
  • 3.2L DOHC 24-valve I6 engine
  • 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission w/OD, winter mode
  • Front wheel drive
  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Multi-link independent rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel ventilated pwr disc brakes
  • Pwr parking brake
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Electronically-controlled all wheel drive w/instant traction
  • Stainless steel front skid plate
  • R-Design tuned suspension
  • Nivomat self-leveling rear suspension
  • Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • R-Design tuned steering
  • Dual sport exhaust pipes
  • 4.4L DOHC 32-valve V8 engine
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) -inc: emergency brake assistance (EBA), electronic brake distribution (EBD)
    • Dynamic stability & traction control (DSTC)
    • Roll stability control (RSC)
    • Pedestrian protection
    • Front cross-member for SUV-to-car impact compatibility
    • Boron steel reinforced passenger compartment
    • Daytime running lights
    • Driver/front passenger dual stage airbags -inc: occupant weight sensor
    • Side impact protection system (SIPS) -inc: driver/front passenger side-impact airbags, front/rear side inflatable curtains (IC)
    • Rear park assist
    • 3-point seat belts -inc: pretensioners for all seating positions
    • Front seat belt force limiters
    • Pwr child safety rear door locks
    • Rear window deactivation
    • ISOFIX child seat attachments
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Roll-over protection system (ROPS)
    • Collapsible steering column
    • Driver/front passenger whiplash protection seating system (WHIPS)
    • Anti-submarine seats
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: HD Radio, 160-watt amp, (8) speakers, aux input, USB input
    • SIRIUS satellite radio w/6-month subscription
    • Bluetooth

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