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GREEN | 6 out of 10
16 mpg city, 23 highway, all models
a 3.2 averaged 16.0 mpg in mostly city driving.
The 2013 Volvo XC90 is neither particularly fuel-efficient nor a gas-guzzler. Based on 2012 figures, the XC90’s fuel economy is listed at 16/23 mpg city/highway, and 19 mpg combined, though we've noticed those figures can easily deteriorate with even a little hard driving.
Opting for the all-wheel-drive model sees no drop in the EPA figures, and we recommend it for this system's excellent snowy-weather ability.
But if one of your top priorities is excellent mileage, you might want to steer over to the likes of the Lexus RX 450h or Mercedes-Benz ML 350 BlueTEC; both of those models go significantly further per gallon while offering a comparable amount of space (though neither has three-row seating).
The 2013 Volvo XC90 is more efficient than larger truck-based luxury SUVs, but it's no greener than other carlike crossovers.