1997 Volvo 960

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1997 Volvo 960 Review

A fun, boxy car.

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Despite being the company’s flagship car, the 1997 Volvo 960 may disappear next year when Volvo debuts a few new cars and remodels some of its current cars. It has clean lines, a strong chassis and decent suspension. However, it also has a smaller interior, weighs more, is more expensive, has less power, and gets worse gas mileage than the Volvo 850. There are no trim levels on the 960, but it does come in a sedan and wagon.

The Range

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

What's New

The 1997 Volvo 960 has optional automatic load leveling, but it no longer has a tailored leather interior option. Everything else remains the same.


Unfortunately, the 1997 Volvo 960 still has a predominately boxy exterior, although creased lines help it stand out somewhat. There are body-colored front and rear bumpers with chrome inserts and body-colored body side moldings. It also comes equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, front mud flaps, and heated exterior mirrors.


The 1997 Volvo 960 seats five in excellent comfort, front and back. In the front, driver and front passenger seats are eight-way power bucket seats with memory. Standard features include a leather interior, a power sunroof, automatic climate control, a premium sound system, keyless entry, tinted glass, cruise control, air-conditioning, power windows and door locks, an AM/FM/Cassette audio system, a day/night rearview mirror, deep pile carpeting, and burl walnut accents. For steering comfort, the car comes with power steering and a tilt steering wheel with leather-trim. Unfortunately, the dashboard still makes no sense and is difficult to navigate. Storage options include a locking glove box, a front cup holder, dual door bins, and two seatback storage pockets, in addition to space in the trunk. Scant interior options include heated front seats and a CD player.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Volvo 960 comes fitted with a 2.6-liter six-cylinder engine that delivers 181 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. It also comes equipped with rack-and-pinion steering and rear drive. Overall, impressions are that the ride, acceleration, handling, and braking are all top of the line.


The 1997 Volvo 960 comes with plenty of standard safety features including driver and passenger front airbags and side curtain airbags. There are also fog lights, power four-wheel disc brakes with a Bosch anti-lock system, an anti-theft alarm system, remote trunk release, daytime running lights, and child safety locks. It has integrated child safety seats that are optional in sedans. Optional locking differential increases traction control.

The 1997 Volvo 960 is equipped with warning gauges such as oil pressure, engine temperature, low battery, low coolant, lights on, key in ignition, low fuel, door ajar, brake fluid, and service interval. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rated it four out of five stars for driver and passenger crash safety. Ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety were not available.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volvo 960: 18/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great standard features
  • Lots of airbags
  • Interior comfort

You Won't Like

  • Boxy appearance
  • Poorly laid out dashboard

Sum Up

A fun, boxy car.

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