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Volvo XC70

The last Volvo wagon.

Volvo has traditionally been known for two things: very safe cars and ultrareliable wagons. Sadly, with the recent departures of the V50 and the V70, Volvo appears to be relegating its wagons (at least in the U.S. market) to the dustbin of history. The XC70 is the last Volvo that resembles a wagon, but Volvo qualifies it as a crossover that slots between the XC60 and the XC90. The XC70’s wagon roots shine through the crossover moniker, however, with its long, low body and the availability of a front-wheel-drive model powered by the base 3.2-liter in-line six. The same turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder that makes an appearance elsewhere in Volvo’s lineup (S60, S80, XC60) is mated to a four-wheel-drive system. The XC70’s interior includes a large screen for the infotainment system, as well as a center console similar to the one in the S60 sedan. Volvo’s City Safety system automatically applies the brakes if it senses a collision. A slew of other active and passive safety features are included, and blind-spot monitoring is optional. The XC70 is a family-friendly vehicle with available rear-seat DVD screens and integrated booster seats that can be raised to two different heights for children of all sizes.

COMPETITORS

Audi Q5

BMW X3

Lincoln MKX

Mercedes-Benz GLK-class

new for 2013

Keyless Drive, rain-sensing windshield wipers, tunnel-detecting headlights, and headlight washers are standard for 2013, as is a new, illuminated gearshift lever. Technology-package-equipped cars now have road-sign information and automatic high-beams. There are two new exterior colors: magic blue metallic and twilight bronze metallic.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; a tire-pressure monitoring system; and the City Safety crash-avoidance system are standard. Adaptive cruise control, a pedestrian-detection system, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring are optional.

MPG

CITY 18

HWY 24–25

PRO

Attractive, high-quality interior

Crossover capability without crossover size

CON

Unintuitive nav controls

Base Price Range: $34,345–$45,695

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Front-wheel, 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: 3.2, 3.2 Premier, 3.2 Premier Plus, 3.2 Platinum, T6 AWD, T6 AWD Premier Plus, T6 AWD Platinum

BODY STYLE: SUV/crossover, 5-passenger

ENGINES: 3.0L turbo I-6, 300 hp, 325 lb-ft

3.2L I-6, 240 hp, 236 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: 97.6 cu ft

CAPACITIES: Towing 3300 lb; cargo (rear seats up/down) 33.3/72.1 cu ft

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