1996 Volvo 960

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1996 Volvo 960 Review

Safety plus near luxury from Sweden.

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At first glance, the 1996 Volvo 960 is simply just an upgraded version of the 850, but that is not entirely the case. It lacks the extreme range of model options that the 850 has. Instead, it focuses exclusively on producing a near-luxury vehicle.

The 1996 Volvo 960 emphasizes safety beyond most vehicles on the market and offers many safety features as standard equipment, which are hard to find even as optional equipment on other vehicles. It also outperforms the 850 slightly in this regard, although the higher price tag on the 960 means that its safety advantage over competitors is less dramatic than the 850’s advantage.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.5-liter six-cylinder, 2.9-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Volvo 960

What's New

The 1996 Volvo 960 comes with side curtain airbags and a multistep door locking system as standard equipment.


The 1996 Volvo 960 is available as a sedan or wagon with a body design that is very angular and blocky. While it's distinct from the 850, the general aesthetic is similar between the two. Standard features include fog and daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, tinted glass, intermittent windshield wipers, and a power antenna. Furthermore, it measures 18.9 inches wide, 56.6 inches tall, and 191.8 inches long with a 109.1-inch wheel base.


The 1996 Volvo 960 is comfortable and spacious. It offers standard equipment, such as power heated mirrors, power windows, power locks, a power moonroof, keyless entry, an anti-theft alarm system, cruise control, leather seating, power seats, leather trim steering wheel, air-conditioning, automatic climate control, an AM/FM radio, cassette player, and a premium audio system. Heated seats and a CD player are available as optional equipment.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Volvo 960 offers good overall performance. The smallest available engine is the 2.5-liter, six-cylinder engine, which produces 181 horsepower and can generate 199 lb-ft of torque. This output provides a good top speed. The base engine is more powerful than optional engine upgrades on many vehicles on the market. It also handles quite well, allowing the driver to feel completely in control.


The 1996 Volvo 960 has an excellent range of safety features that exceeds most of its competition. Standard equipment includes dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, traction control, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. The 850 does offer the same safety features with an exception of traction control, which is an optional feature, not standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volvo 960, 2.5-liter: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Volvo 960, 2.9-liter: 16/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good performance
  • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • Well built
  • Excellent safety features

You Won't Like

  • High price tag

Sum Up

Safety plus near luxury from Sweden.

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