Safety First

Volvo cars were the original “safe cars,” designed to provide a cocoon of survivability in the case of a serious crash. Style and innovation were not in the original DNA, but they are now.
Words by Bill Lindsey | February 28, 2020 | Lifestyle

Since the late 1940’s, Volvo became famous as basic, do-it-all, last-forever cars. They were the automotive equivalent of L.L. Bean’s Duck Boot; no one’s idea of pretty, but utterly reliable for decades. Lately, the cars have evolved into technological trendsetters in the world of EVs. Volvo Mild Hybrids utilize electric motors coupled to a gasoline engine that eliminates the need to plug in to recharge. Plug-In Hybrids allow drivers to select either a gasoline engine or an electric motor to power the car, while Battery Electric models run solely on battery-powered electric motors. The XC90 T8 Twin Engine AWD Crossover evokes the classic Volvo lines of what we used to call a station wagon. Sized to haul the entire family and a week’s worth of luggage in comfort, the XC90 runs emission-free in electric mode. For longer drives, enable the turbocharged 2-liter gasoline engine to tap into 400-hp of power going to all four wheels. If the goal is a family vehicle for any and every occasion, without going for a boxy gas-guzzling SUV, the XC90 is the answer;