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Volvo XC90, Toyota Highlander, SUV
Nov 27, 2007 (5:57 pm)
We recently bought an XC90 after testing a Highlander. Several issues convinced us to buy the Volvo. We also have owned a 2005 Highlander. Safety is one issue, the other is the very obvious durability features of the Volvo, the car is built like a tank. The Highlander, while offering more features, is an appliance-like car in the way it drives, and is a first year model, which should NEVER be bought irrespective of the sterling reliability rating of Toyotas. The Volvo is in its 6th year of production, is a nonturbo, and will probably cost more to repair, but is incredibly durable and simple to operate. The Volvo is an investment, the Highlander is a snap-fit car that has pretensions of safety, but lacks whiplash seats, a gyroscope to avoid rollovers, and has the government minimum 1x weight rollover crash design in its roof. The Volvo is roof can support 3x its weight. If you have kids, there is not a choice.
#3 of 16 Re: response [truffles1]
Nov 27, 2007 (8:13 pm)
thanks for your response. i will definitely take that into consideration while on my test drive.
#4 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [jules81480]
Nov 27, 2007 (10:01 pm)
I just bought a 2008 Volvo XC90 3.2 FWD due to be delivered soon. Prior to that, I was watching the 2008 Highlander with great anticipation. It looks very nice and I was about 80% sure that I will buy it for my family when I return from my current overseas assignment, because it's within my price range. I have been looking at the XC90 here overseas, but even with special pricing, it's outside my budget. When the price breaks for the 2008 XC90 came up last summer (overseas diplomat/military sales), I grabbed the XC90 instead. It's still a little bit more expensive than a '08 Highlander, but I consider the difference the price of safety.
Running along the same line as truffles1's point, I went with the XC90's sixth edition of the same model, instead of the all new '08 Highlander. I just hope I'm right.
#5 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [pinkydog]
Nov 27, 2007 (10:44 pm)
I like the look of the new highlander. however, i have yet to be able to test drive one, because there is only one local toyota dealership where i live and everyone that i have dealt with there is a complete idiot!
anyway...i'm not sure how long these incentives on the xc90 are going to last - but, i may just get one this weekend.
i have an 8 year old explorer -- i think it's time..
#6 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [jules81480]
Nov 28, 2007 (7:50 am)
Through early January there is a 3000 marketing incentive. I bought my car at dealer invoice, less 3000 marketing incentive. There is a large inventory, at least in the northeast, of these cars, so deals on the XC90 can be made.
#7 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [jules81480]
Nov 28, 2007 (12:08 pm)
You will not get near the "deal" you're looking for on an '08 Highlander. They are selling for well over invoice in most places. The Volvo is just a much more solid SUV.
I compared both and went with a special order XC90, which should arrive in about a month. Invoice + 2%, no dealer prep charges, and $3,000 Volvo to dealer cash (which does end the first week of January).
The only concern I have is the possibility of Volvo switching from the current slug 3.2L I-6, to the new, and much stronger, Ford 3.7L V-6.
#8 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [fantom]
Nov 28, 2007 (12:27 pm)
I understand your concern about the 3.2 L I-6. In its favor, however, is its smoothness without balance shafts, its sweet sound, its low positioning in the hood for safety reasons and the fact that it has a chain, not belt, to eliminate $700 belt change at 90k miles. Would the Aisan 6 speed automatic have to be reworked for more torque with the V6?
Before I purchased my XC90, I have extensive conversations with dealers, mechanics, friends, who said the 3.2 is a robust engine. No problems. The 3.2 is proliferating in the Volvo line, being now in the XC90, S80, XC70 and soon the reworked S60 next fall. It is made in Wales, also in use for Land Rover, so I don't know if any geographical considerations will affect Ford's decision. Also, Ford is thinking of selling Volvo, so that may affect its decision and the XC90 is due for an update after 8 years in 2010, so new engine may find its way into production then. Volvo is quickly leaving the turbo world after many problems.
#9 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [truffles1]
Nov 28, 2007 (10:44 pm)
truffles1 - Thanks for your informative input. Was not sure about the 3.2 I6 engine when I ordered my XC90. However, still would not make any difference because I can't afford a V8 anyways
#10 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [fantom]
Nov 29, 2007 (6:52 am)
what type of special order? what packages did you select?
#11 of 16 Re: Volvo XC90 vs. Toyota Highlander [jules81480]
Nov 29, 2007 (8:57 am)
Factory order, rather than taking one from stock, which dealers don't like to do. They want to move floor inventory that they have $ tied up in.
We ordered Premium, Convenience, and Climate Packages, 18" wheels, Bi-Xenon lights, BLIS and All Wheel Drive.
Christmas present for the wife, exactly the way she wants it. Red bow on top will be gratis.