Volvo 850

The Volvo 850 replaces the aging 700 series, offering Volvo fans something new to explore. The 850 design includes some special features never before seen in the U.S. on a Volvo model, including front drive.

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Volvo 850 Origins

The start of the automotive era moved across almost every part of the world. Companies that had once made carriages and buggies began creating engines and body frames. Other types of industrial plants converted into automotive factories. In Sweden, Volvo began its journey towards automotive fame in 1925. Volvo is the brainchild of its two original founders, Gustaf Larsson and Assar Gabrielsson. These gentlemen made it their goal to produce cars of high quality, while ensuring the safety and reliability of their products. Volvo continues to strive for these goals with every vehicle it manufactures.

World War II brought about some changes for the Swedish automaker. Volvo had to slow down production during the war years, much like many other industries throughout Europe. The company did manage to stay in business and even introduce some new vehicles at the time.

Like so many of the other European and Asian automakers, Volvo brought its vehicle line up to the United States in the years following World War II. During the 1950s, Volvo produced its first small car, named the PV444, and introduced it with a great deal of success. The car company has continued its success to the present day with a variety of models, including the 850.

About the Volvo 850

Volvo enjoys a long history of manufacturing well-made and well-designed cars that impress consumers and auto industry experts alike. The 850 series makes no exception.

In addition to featuring special amenities, the 850 also looks good and provides effective safety features. The engineers and designers at Volvo go out of their way to create an attractive sedan that can easily be used as a family car, executive vehicle, or for the elderly. It comes fully equipped with the latest safety features and gadgets of the day without seeming fussy and awkward. Naturally, the 850 series also reflects Volvo’s attention to reliability and dependability. The 850 is easy to maintain as well.

Volvo 850 Features

Despite its popularity and relatively brief production run from 1992 to 1997, Volvo discontinued the 850 series after the release of its 1997 model. For the final year, the 850 once again offers both the sedan and wagon body styles for all trim levels. To ensure every Volvo buyer has options, the car comes in four different trim levels. Naturally, the 850 series contains Volvo’s famous safety features and reliable engineering.

The trim levels available for the 1997 model year of the 850 series include the base, GLT, T5, and R. Each one comes equipped with a powerful engine and transmission pair. The base model uses a five-cylinder engine capable of 168 hp, while the GLT features the same engine but produces 190 hp. The T5 offers a bit more power with its 222-hp, five-cylinder engine, but the R model remains the most impressive of all with its ability to generate 240 hp.

Following the 1997 model year when Volvo discontinued the 850 series, diehard fans turned to the S70 sedan or V70 wagon in 1998.

Volvo 850 Evolution

The Volvo 850 series saw production from 1992 to 1997. It didn’t appear in the U.S. markets until 1993, however. Once it hit American shores, the 850 did well for itself and its manufacturer. Replacing the 700 series, the 850 makes an excellent alternative, making it a quick hit. During its production time, the car underwent several changes as Volvo strived to make the sedan better and more appealing.

The 1994 model year saw a drastic change to the original 850. Instead of offering only the sedan body style, Volvo issues the car in a wagon design as well. This model also makes the new turbocharged engine available for either body style.

In 1995, the 850 series underwent a few more changes, adding side airbags to the series’ already impressive safety features. This model year also marks the first year with a base wagon in the lineup. The GLT trim level returns as an upgraded option as well.

The 850 series received another facelift of sorts in the 1996 model year by offering more features, such as leather seats and uniquely styled wheels.

Select a Volvo 850 Year

1997 Volvo 850

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

True to the Volvo brand, the Volvo 850 comes packed with plenty of safety features.

1996 Volvo 850

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

The 1996 Volvo 850 is a passenger vehicle that comes as either a sedan or wagon.

1995 Volvo 850

Luxury, Sedan, Wagon

In its third year of production, the 1995 Volvo 850 makes some major advances in both performance and safety.