in 2012 Luxury Midsize SUVs

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Original MSRP: $38,400 - $44,300
MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
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Used Car: 2012 Volvo XC90 Review

Review Last Updated: 8/28/14

Test drivers said the 2012 Volvo XC90 has a composed, quiet ride and lots of cargo space, but has sluggish acceleration, some cheap interior materials and isn't very fun to drive.

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The 2012 Volvo XC90 has a six-cylinder engine that struggles to move the heavy seven-seat SUV, most test drivers said. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and reviewers reported that it shifts smoothly but can be reluctant to downshift when more power is needed. The 2012 XC90 gets an EPA-estimated 16/23 mpg city/highway with either front- or all-wheel drive, which is competitive for the class. The XC90 has a silent, composed ride, reviewers said, but they pointed out that its steering is uncommunicative and as a whole, the XC90 is not very fun to drive compared to rivals. 

Test drivers said the 2012 Volvo XC90 has an attractive cabin, but they mentioned that it features some low-budget and outdated-looking materials. At 85.1 cubic feet with the rear rows folded, the XC90 has one of the largest cargo holds in the class. The front seats are comfortable and offer plenty of head- and legroom, auto writers said. However, they found that legroom is at a premium in the second and third rows, and said the third row is hard to access. The base 2012 XC90 comes with an eight-speaker audio system, USB and auxiliary inputs, HD Radio, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, leather upholstery and a built-in child booster seat in the second row. Available features include a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system, navigation, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, a rear-seat entertainment system and blind spot monitoring.  

Other SUVs to Consider

Equipped with its available turbocharged engine, reviewers said the 2012 Lincoln MKT has an impressive amount of power and accelerates quickly. The MKT is surprisingly nimble in corners, reviewers said, and it has a quiet cabin that is tastefully appointed.

Reviewers said the 2012 Acura MDX combines nimble handling with a composed ride, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive. They also praised it for its upscale cabin and easy-to-use tech features.

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