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2016 Volvo XC90: Five Things That Wow Us, A Couple That Don’t

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No doubt about it, the 2016 Volvo XC90 is one of the most important production vehicles to go on sale this year.

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Besides being the all-new, long-anticipated second-generation version of Volvo’s roomy three-row utility vehicle (the brand’s largest vehicle and arguably its flagship), it’s the first fully-formed vehicle conceived with the combination of its Drive-E engines and new scalable product architecture (SPA) underpinnings—from which the automaker is staking its future, with U.S.-important models like this, the upcoming S90 sedan, and new versions of the S60/V60 and XC60 family.

The form, function, and details in the 2016 XC90 have found almost unanimous praise from us and others, and it’s easy to see why. And in our first drive of the XC90 earlier this spring, we found it to be pleasant-driving, spacious, and ergonomic, with a great mix of functional and elegant design traits.

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This past weekend we got the chance to have just a little bit more time with the Volvo XC90—a loaded XC90 Inscription model with a bottom-line price near $67,000. And while we’ve found the 2016 XC90 to be one of the best three-row crossovers on the market yet, it’s not without some flaws, as we did find a few gripes, too.

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