So it won’t shock you that
Car and Driverliked Volvo’s lineup enough to hand it a few Editor’s Choice awards this year. What might surprise you is that six out of the automaker’s nine 2021 models took home prizes.
Every gas-powered SUV and wagon made Car and Driver’s list. Only the two sedans and its
electric SUVwere left out of the winners’ circle, and even those three earned positive scores from the magazine’s critics.
What’s so special about Volvo’s 2021 cars and SUVs?
Volvo’s long history of innovation has clearly inspired its current team of engineers and designers. The company continues to transition from a wagon-heavy lineup to a fleet of stylish, practical SUVs.
For a brand not known for its SUVs, Volvo sure knows how to execute them. Starting with the subcompact XC40 all the way through to the midsize XC90, Car and Driver praised the company’s style and the long list of features offered as standard in all its vehicles.
All of Volvo’s wagons also made Car and Driver’s list for similar reasons to the company’s SUVs. The S-series sedans and electric Recharge SUV didn’t make the cut, but all three still received scores of 8/10 from the magazine.
Room for growth in the 2021 Volvo lineup
Despite having an excellent year, Volvo’s lineup wasn’t perfect. Each model had a few issues that Car and Driver pointed out in its reviews.
The XC40’s powertrains were a little noisier than the critics hoped, the XC60’s ride felt a little rough on bumpy roads, and the XC90’s plug-in hybrid option didn’t match its competitors’ efficiency. The V-series wagons were both critiqued for their rides on rough roads.
On top of all this, the infotainment system shared by this year’s Volvos was slammed for taking too long to load and respond to plug-ins.
The cost of owning a Volvo
Volvos are difficult to label. Their starting prices edge them above the average vehicle, but they also don’t reach the heights of other brands in the luxury market like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Their cost of ownership is similarly difficult to pin down.
One of the main selling points of a Volvo is its safety—a characteristic that should bring ownership costs down, from depreciation rates to car insurance.
But Volvo’s foreign, expensive parts can bring those costs back up. In the end, depreciation and insurance costs tend to be slightly more than average.
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