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Test Results and Rankings:
The green cars tested by the ARC are evaluated on the basis of 13 categories: emissions, fuel economy, crashworthiness, braking, acceleration, handling, cargo-carrying capacity, ride quality, interior noise, ease of entry and exit, maneuverability, roominess, and visibility. The scores for the categories are totaled, and the cars are ranked from high to low.
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Large

2020 Volvo S90 T8 E-AWD R-Design

Vehicle Type: Large Plug-In Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 1
Vehicle Price
Base Price: $63,200
Price as Tested: $73,840
Fuel Information
Fuel Type: Electricity/premium
Fuel Capacity (gal): 15.9
120V Charge Time: 2.7 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 7 miles per hour
EPA City mpg28
EPA Highway mpg31
EPA Combined mpg: 30
EPA Combined MPGe: 60
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 21
Advanced Safety Features
Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
Advanced Headlights [S]
Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
Blind-Spot Warning [S]
Forward-Collision Warning [S]
Lane-Departure Warning [S]
Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
[S] Standard, [O] Optional
Overall Observations
When you consider European luxury sedans, chances are you're thinking German, not Swedish. That's unfortunate, because high-end four-doors don't come much more refined than the Volvo S90. Start your tour in the roomy passenger cabin, where you'll discover tasteful Scandinavian design and premium materials, including genuine wood trim. The front seats are among the most comfortable you'll find anywhere, making the S90 an ideal road-trip companion. A 9-inch vertical touch screen looks slick but can make even simple tasks like tuning the radio complicated and distracting; there's also a shortage of storage options for small items like cell phones. Under the S90's hood is a 4-cylinder engine that's both supercharged (to boost low-speed output) and turbocharged (which adds power as speed begins to build). Integrated into this powertrain is a plug-in hybrid system with an electric motor and battery pack that give the S90 up to 21 miles of whisper-quiet all-electric range. The combined 400-hp output is impressive, but our tests revealed a slight hesitation when the powertrain switches between gasoline and electric power. Other useful technology includes LED headlights with auto high beams, a head-up display, a 360-degree surround-view camera system, and standard AWD.
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Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong Points
  • Elegant styling inside and out
  • Strong hybrid powertrain
  • Complimentary maintenance for 3 years/36,000 miles
Weak Points
  • Using center touch screen can be distracting
  • Limited interior storage
Vehicle Specifications
Model year tested: 2020
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4680.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 200.1 / 74.4 / 57.1
Wheelbase (in): 120.5
Number of air bags: 11
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Pirelli P-Zero
Front and rear tire size: 245/40 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): 2000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L 4-Cyl. Super/Turbocharged
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 313 @ 6000
Electric motor horsepower: 87
Combined system horsepower: 400
Test Data
Test Vehicle Scores
Advanced Safety Features: 10.00
Fuel Efficiency: 6.91
EPA Emissions Score: 7.00
Acceleration: 7.05
Braking: 7.55
Crashworthiness: 5.67
Handling: 7.61
Ride Quality: 8.33
Interior Size: 4.81
Easy of Entry and Exit: 7.18
Visibility: 7.52
Interior Noise: 6.27
Cargo Capacity: 1.12
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Fuel Type:  Electric
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2020 Volvo S90 T8 E-AWD R-Design
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Large
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Vehicle Type:  Large
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 28/31
Price as Tested:  $73,840
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