Why the 2011 Volvo XC90 is the perfect family SUV

Let’s face it, not many people really want a pickup truck, especially when they value the driving experience. Often times, you sacrifice strength and excitement for safety and reliability. However, this special year of the Volvo XC90 requires no sacrifice. And yes, you can still look great while taking your kids to soccer practice.

With an average cost of $8000 right now, this used car is just a fraction of the cost of a new Corolla. This makes it an incredibly affordable way to spoil your family, while allowing you to keep the fun and exciting features often only found in expensive luxury cars.

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Sporty V8 engine and peak performance all-wheel drive

Do you know those mornings when you’re really late, and your kid can’t find his other shoes? These usually worrisome situations won’t make you too nervous knowing there’s a reliable 4.4-liter V8 producing 311 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque on demand. By 2011, the B8444S engine, manufactured by Yamaha, entered its final year of production.

At the time, they improved the design for the common failed balance shaft, reinforced heads, intake gaskets, and more. It has made this engine more reliable than it has ever been since its production began in 2005. It is also important to note that this engine, after adding two turbochargers and some custom internal components, is capable of producing in excess of 650 hp.

This is demonstrated by the Noble M600 which can accelerate from standstill to 60 mph in just three seconds. A true testament to how capable this engine really is.

For years the Haldex system had many drawbacks but by 2011 the fourth generation Haldex system had improved significantly compared to its predecessors. Reliability was unlike ever before, ensuring the highest levels of performance and more efficient power transmission.

The same AWD system is found in many. In short, you likely won’t have to worry about getting caught in a major winter storm, or making the way to your camping spot.

Unmatched safety

Every parent has a major concern when it comes to finding the best car for their family, and that is safety. Volvo has a good reputation when it comes to safety, and rightfully so.

According to IIHS and Thatcham research, no one has died in a Volvo XC90 on US or UK roads. In 2020, Volvo announced in a press release that it received a five-star safety rating on eleven of its models, likely due to the fact that every Volvo is equipped with crash-avoidance features straight from the factory. With this in mind, you can rest easy knowing that your family will always be protected.

Swedish luxury

The interior of the XC90 will turn the task of picking up children from school into a privilege with its well-designed heated leather seats. Wood and soft leather livery can be found throughout the car, making anyone who rides it feel like royalty. Among the aesthetic features, there is a general feeling of peace and seclusion made possible thanks to the muting of Volvo’s amazing sound. Some models even include a built-in booster seat. These are some great options that you will only find in the most expensive luxury cars.

The XC90 is the perfect SUV, whatever your needs. Take full advantage of AWD and take your family camping in the mountains, attend in style and class at your friend’s wedding, or surprise everyone with the coolest sleeper on the racetrack. Volvo has perfect safety and reliability, while still allowing drivers to enjoy their experience with endless possibilities. This gives you peace of mind that your family will be safe and most importantly, you can ensure that there are no more complaints about long car trips.


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