You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Avoid the Volvo XC90 for These 2 Better SUVs

MotorBiscuit logo: MainLogo MotorBiscuit 3/25/2023 Rebekah Forsythe

Luxury midsize SUVs like the Volvo XC90 certainly look promising on paper with hearty powertrains and long lists of safety features. Volvo cars, in particular, are also known for their stunning interior presentation and materials, including tailored wool upholstery and brushed metal surfaces. 

Still, even flashy luxury cars can be prone to a lot of annoying problems. Even used models don’t come cheap, so getting your money’s worth is essential. However, the Volvo XC90 may not live up to all of Volvo’s standards.

What’s wrong with the Volvo XC90?

Replay Video

Volvos are known for their reliability. However, according to HotCars, it didn’t impress in this area. There were numerous powertrain issues and mechanical failures. The most concerning of these issues was concerning the transmission.

The mid-2000 models developed a high rate of transmission failure around 100,000 miles, accompanied by a loud noise, according to consumer reports. The issue left many stranded with no recall for the issue in sight.

Brake issues were a common problem with models from 2016 to 2020. Some consumers reported the automatic brake engaging with no warning, creating a dangerous situation when occurring at highway speeds.

Current models are not free of their fair share of issues as well. Recent models have had electrical problems, often due to coolant leaks dripping on electrical components. Other problems plaguing these models include oil leaks, all-wheel dive issues, and faulty seatbelt buckles that won’t unbuckle after an accident.

1. Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 | Getty Images © Provided by MotorBiscuit Mazda CX-5 | Getty Images

The Mazda CX-5 began production in 2012. According to Motor and Wheel, the CX-5 has only 18 recalls so far, which makes it the SUV with the fewest recalls.

The recalls for this model also appear to be minor compared to that of the Volvo. These issues include loose steering knuckles, weak lighting, and liftgate-related problems.

The CX-5 starts at $27,975. According to Car and Driver, the newest CX-5 has an elegant exterior design with a richer interior than competitors. The rear seats may be a little small with less towing capacity, but it still remains driver-friendly with a chic and upscale design.

2. Chevrolet Equinox

Replay Video

Only 1 Volvo Model Is No Longer Recommended by Consumer Reports Due to Poor Reliability

According to Motor and Wheel, another vehicle with low recall numbers is the Chevrolet Equinox. This option was introduced in 2004 and came with a total of 34 recalls so far.

The Equinox saw its highest amount of recalls in 2018. The issues revealed included the driveshaft, fuel pump, and brake issues. Between 2005 and 2015, Equinox had even fewer recalls affecting the transmission and airbag.

According to Car and Driver, the Chevrolet Equinox has many goodies with considerable cabin space and a willing chassis. While there are cooler and quicker alternatives that may be more fun to drive, the lack of serious recalls makes it more reliable than the Volvo.

Every consumer has their own desires when it comes to car shopping. Some want speed and luxury. Others want reliability and dependability above anything else. Like these three options, recalls can play a factor in your decision-making process.

The post Avoid the Volvo XC90 for These 2 Better SUVs appeared first on MotorBiscuit.

Read the original article from MotorBiscuit


image beaconimage beaconimage beacon