Volvo XC70 was a huge upgrade for us - more safety, more comfort, more space, more reliability. My wife and I still really like this car. We justify the expense by having it as the only regular driver. Also more cost to purchase and I dread the first major repairs given the Volvo reputation. Friends say "expensive to fix, but worth fixing". Mileage is good for AWD, but the 99% use pattern as a commuter/road car makes the AWD hard to justify. Hope to use AWD more often in future. Great road trip car, very comfortable. Get about 20-22 mpg city/~26 mpg hwy. So far (over 4 years) haven't had major mechanical problems. Hoping this car lasts a long time - shooting for 15 years.
A/C, airbags, leather interior, heated seats, seat/mirror memory, ABS brakes, AWD, flat and large cargo area.
Cupholders sort of weak. THe iPod kit is ridiculously priced. Rear door auto latch. Plastic clip on inside windshield rattles. Price - it's better than a Subaru Outback, but not as much as the price differential would suggest.
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