Intro: The 2011 Volvo XC70 is a 5-passenger wagon endowed with elements usually reserved for trail-faring SUV's while offering some industry-first safety features including adjustable child booster seats that are built right into the rear bench.
Features: An elevated ride-height, skid plates, and hill decent control make the XC70 just as comfortable in the wild as it is on the parkway.
Performance: Power for the XC70 comes from a 3.2-liter inline-6 cylinder sending 235 horsepower through a 6-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels or available all wheel drive. Also available is a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 sending 281 horsepower through a 6-speed automatic to all wheel drive.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2011 Volvo XC70 is $32,000. An all wheel drive turbocharged model starts at $38,000. The XC70 is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile power train warranty.
Summary: Volvo has always been synonymous with safety. But with the 2011 XC70 all-wheel drive wagon, Volvo stakes its claim on a share of the all-condition family hauler marketplace.