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The Volvo XC70 and MacGyver

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On: Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 11:07AM | By: Chris Salamone

The Volvo XC70 and MacGyver

The Volvo XC70 and MacGyver are perfect for each other. Like MacGyver, the 2011 Volvo XC70 is a true Jack-of-all-trades with no apparent weaknesses. The vehicle is considered a crossover, but has strong wagon elements with a few crossover twists. Indeed, with ample ground clearance and monstrous AWD capability the XC70 definitely blends the storage and aerodynamic practicalities of a wagon with the obstacle-defiant features of an off-roader. Additionally, even though many car enthusiasts expressed concern over Volvo’s future because of Geely’s takeover, the company has received a number of significant awards in 2011, notably for Best Value from Vincentric and Fourth in Reliability from Consumer Reports. Putting enthusiast concerns aside, the XC70 is a car with loads of handy features and ruggedly handsome aesthetics, a vehicle most people would be proud to own or discuss over a glass of grog at the local ice tavern.

Volvo claims the XC70 brings out the explorer in all of us. Assuming drivers prefer to explore the barren arctic or sandy canyons of Anza Borrego, the XC70 will not disappoint. While the XC70’s AWD system is capable of handling all types of slippery terrain, the vehicle’s interior is just as flexible. Cargo versatility and convenience ooze throughout the entire cabin. Following the wagon theme, the rear seats fold flat and the total cargo capacity is an incredible 72.1 cubic feet… ample room for your Minnesota relatives to store their impressive collection of lederhosen while on holiday.

One of my main concerns with Volvo has always been the turning radius. Often times AWD and 4x4 vehicles have large turning radii, which can be a real pain in the derriere over the extended life of a car. However, the new XC70 seems to have that problem solved with a curb-to-curb 37.7 ft. turning radius. In reality the only weakness this car has, if you must name one, would be the gas mileage. Each of the different models averages in the low 20s for MPG, which is significantly lower than something like the Subaru Outback. But, in exchange for lower MPG, the XC70 has far more charisma, luxurious components, a higher curb weight, and sophisticated design. The XC70 starts with an MSRP of $32,000 for the base 3.2 L model and goes up to an MSRP of $38,000 for the base T6 model.

Whether you’re planning a trip to the grocery store or to the Alps, the XC70 is a really neat automobile. And, since the Audi Allroad Quattro is no longer sold in North America the XC70 is really the only vehicle in its segment: the MacGyver class.

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