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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 16 23 $36,096 $38,400
FWD 4-Door Premier Plus 16 23 $37,224 $39,600
FWD 4-Door 16 23 $36,096 $38,400
AWD 4-Door Premier Plus 16 23 $37,224 $39,600
FWD 4-Door Platinum 16 23 $39,762 $42,300
AWD 4-Door Platinum 16 23 $39,762 $42,300
FWD 4-Door R-Design 16 23 $38,728 $41,200
AWD 4-Door R-Design 16 23 $38,728 $41,200
FWD 4-Door R-Design Premier Plus 16 23 $39,104 $41,600
AWD 4-Door R-Design Premier Plus 16 23 $39,104 $41,600
FWD 4-Door R-Design Platinum 16 23 $41,642 $44,300
AWD 4-Door R-Design Platinum 16 23 $41,642 $44,300
AWD 4-Door 35i
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 4-Door 50i 14 20 $59,065 $64,200
AWD 4-Door 35i 16 23 $43,700 $47,500
AWD 4-Door 35i Premium 16 23 $50,785 $55,200
AWD 4-Door 35i Sport Activity 16 23 $53,085 $57,700
AWD 4-Door 35d 19 26 $52,165 $56,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$36,096
$43,700
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,400
$47,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$640 / month
$792 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line With seating for up to seven and safe, secure performance, the 2012 Volvo XC90 remains a smart pick for those who want an upscale yet family-oriented vehicle. It doesn't pop with the styling or interior plushness of its competitors, but the 2012 BMW X5 has the powerful X5 M and frugal diesel up its sleeve.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 16 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.8 58.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.0 40.0
Third Head Room (in) 35.5 NA
Front Hip Room (in) 55.4 - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in) 54.1 NA
Second Leg Room (in) 36.4 36.6
Front Head Room (in) 40.1 36.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 102.4
Second Hip Room (in) 53.6 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 60.0
Third Leg Room (in) 30.1 NA
Second Head Room (in) 39.7 39.3
Passenger Capacity 7 5
Third Hip Room (in) 44.5 NA
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.9 8.7
Length, Overall (in) 189.3 191.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 44.4 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 70.2 69.9
Liftover Height (in) 31.1 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.9 65.0
Wheelbase (in) 112.6 115.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 32.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.7 76.1
Track Width, Front (in) 64.3 64.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 85.1 75.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) 22.5 NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 8.8 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 44.4 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 49.3 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 43.3 21.9
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 34.3 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 79.5 - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.1 x 0.79 12.6 x 0.8
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.2 x 1.18 13.7 x 1.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 22.5
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 41.7 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.9 19.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.0 42.0
Tires
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P235/65R18 255/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size P235/65R18 255/55R18
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3970 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3970 6000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 397 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 596 900
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4751 4960
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.0 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.0 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 11.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 210
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas I6 Turbocharged Gas I6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 236 @ 3200 300 @ 1300-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.2L/195 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 240 @ 6200 300 @ 5800-6250
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 18 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 16
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.06 3.15
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.16 1.67
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA - TBD -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.67 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.15 4.71
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.56 2.11
Trans Type 6 8
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA 1.00
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.86 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.30
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.37 3.14
Trans Order Code NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.84
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name Volvo XC90 BMW X5
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 10.2 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating
 
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