2014 Volvo XC60
Volvo is treating much of its North American vehicle lineup to some upgrades for the 2014 model year. Its XC60 compact SUV sees freshened styling, more available power, and some new performance features. This crossover seats five and comes with a choice of inline six-cylinder engines that produce 240, 300, or 325 horsepower, depending on model. Newly standard for 2014 is Corner Traction Control, which applies the brakes to the inner wheels and power to the outers during cornering in order to reduce understeer. Built-in child booster seats are newly available as well. EPA estimated combined fuel economy is 20-21 mpg. The 2014 Volvo XC60 starts at $35,765-$50,715.
2014 Volvo XC70
Like the Audi allroad, the Volvo XC70 blends traditional station wagon styling with SUV design cues and a raised suspension. For 2014, it receives updated styling and some new features, including a heated steering wheel. XC70 is available with numerous active and passive safety features, including Volvo’s City Safety system that automatically applies the brakes at low speeds if sensors detect an imminent collision. Power comes from inline six-cylinder engines with 240-300 horsepower, depending on model. This wagon is roomy, comfortable, and very family friendly as it’s available with height-adjustable built-in child booster seats. The somewhat plain-Jane looks, quirky ergonomics, underpowered base engine, and mediocre fuel economy are demerits against this otherwise very solid people mover. EPA estimated fuel economy is 20-21 mpg city/highway combined. The 2014 Volvo XC70 starts at $35,415-$46,565.