2016 Volvo XC90: First Look

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Competes with: Acura MDX, BMW X5, Infiniti QX60

Looks like: Sleeker elements meet the same upright profile

Drivetrain: 320-hp, supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder or 400-hp (est.), supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder with plug-in electric motor; available all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

After a protracted rollout that included a reveal of the interior and details on powertrains, Volvo finally unveiled the next-generation XC90's exterior. It's all here, now, and much of it reads like a concept car. But so did the original XC90, which debuted gyroscopic rollover detection and was among the first SUVs with three-row side curtain airbags.

Related: Porsche, Hyundai Top New J.D. Power Study, Volvo and Mitsubishi Sink

That was more than 12 years ago.

This new XC90 gets some all-new tech in the safety arena like you'd expect from a Volvo but it may be the powertrain and interior opulence that woos luxury shoppers.

By Kelsey Mays | August 26, 2014 | Comments (10)

Porsche, Hyundai Top New J.D. Power Study, Volvo and Mitsubishi Sink

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Porsche and Hyundai topped their respective luxury and nonluxury peers in J.D. Power and Associates' 2014 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout study. Volvo and Mitsubishi, respectively, placed last in each group.

Related: Porsche Flies, Fiat Flails in 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

APEAL tries to assess what people like in their cars. This differs from J.D. Power's other major automotive studies, the 90-day Initial Quality Study and three-year Vehicle Dependability Study, which both rate things that went wrong.

For the APEAL study, new-car owners rate their vehicles across 77 areas, and the results give a composite rating on a 1,000-point scale. Not surprisingly, premium brands beat their mass-market counterparts with an average score of 840 points among the study's 12 premium brands while the 20 nonpremium brands average 785 points.

Overall results slipped one point between the 2014 and 2013 APEAL studies, however; J.D. Power notes that in-car technology left some owners less than thrilled.

By Kelsey Mays | July 23, 2014 | Comments (2)

Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars

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Every year hundreds of new-car models are introduced and enter the research process for millions of car shoppers. The dizzying number of choices sometimes shrouds from the masses what are good cars.

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Here are 10 cars that Cars.com's editors agree are overlooked due to no fault of each vehicle's own substantial merits.

 

1. 2015 Mazda6

The Mazda6 is one of the rare family sedans that is both fun to drive and fuel-efficient; it's rated as high as 28/40/32 mpg city/highway/combined with an automatic transmission and the optional GT Technology Package, which includes regenerative braking and active grille shutters. But even the base automatic gets 38 on the highway. Good cabin quality, intuitive controls, comfortable seating and a striking design also fall into the Mazda's favor.

By David Thomas | July 23, 2014 | Comments (9)

2015 Volvo XC60 Review

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"To be good, a small luxury SUV needs to be a family car, a utility vehicle and a commuter car, and the reworked 2015 Volvo XC60 does all that. It provides an upscale environment and a dash of surprise — both on the window sticker and under the hood," said Cars.com reviewer David Thomas. Check out Thomas' review for more.

2015 Volvo XC60 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | July 21, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Volvo S60 Review

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"While Volvo has built a reputation for safety, the 2015 S60 succeeds because it is a powerful, agile sedan," said Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley. Check out Hanley's review for more.

2015 Volvo S60 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | July 18, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Volvo V60 Real-World Cargo Space

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The V60 wagon joins Volvo's U.S. lineup for 2015. The wagonized version of Volvo's S60 luxury sedan is an alternative to the many small-to-midsize luxury SUVs on the market. The V60's competitors include the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, Audi Allroad and soon-to-be-hard-to-find Acura TSX Wagon; the 2014 model year will be its last.

2015 Volvo V60: Another Luxury Wagon to Tempt Dads

Cars.com reviewer Kristen Varela noted in her review that the V60 has a few utility tricks up its sleeve, including a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat for added cargo and seating flexibility, plus a flip-up panel in the rear with grocery bag hooks. There are also cargo nets that extend from the rear seatbacks over the cargo area. See how well common cargo items fit in the V60 below.

By Joe Bruzek | July 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volvo V60 Video

Wagon enthusiasts have been waiting for the 2015 Volvo V60 to come stateside, and Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says they should find that the new wagon was worth the wait. Watch the video for more.

Watch on YouTube.

By Jennifer Geiger | July 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volvo XC60 Real-World Cargo Space

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Volvo has progressively updated its XC60 compact luxury SUV over the past few years, adding some great touches like the T6's innovative turbocharged, supercharged and efficient engine and a well-done digital instrument cluster. What Volvo didn't need to change was the XC60's interior space — it's been plentiful and easy to use since the SUV's debut as a 2010 model.

Research the 2015 Volvo XC60

The XC60's cargo space is competitive against luxury compact SUVs including the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, Acura RDX and BMW X3. It actually bests those with 30.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the backseat compared to the 16.5 cubic feet, 26.1 cubic feet and 19.4 cubic feet of the others, respectively. Plus, the XC60 has a standard and versatile backseat that folds in a 40/20/40 split. There was more than ample room to fit our assortment of cargo items in the back without folding the seats, which you can see below.

By Joe Bruzek | June 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

What Does This Button Do?

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The button in our latest What Does This Button Do series seems to say "You. Sit. Here." thanks to an arrow pointing at a seat. No Capt. Obvious, that's not what it means.

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The icon refers to the power flip-down head restraints in the Volvo V60 wagon, an all-new model for 2015. The new feature is standard and a big help when it comes to opening up rear visibility. It's also available on other Volvo models for 2015.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Volvo S60: Car Seat Check

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After an update for 2014, Volvo's sedan gets a new powertrain and some additional safety features for 2015. Although the S60 blurs the line between compact and midsize, the sedan easily accommodated two child-safety seats in our Car Seat Check, with ample room and accessible Latch anchors.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | June 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

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