VOLVO STEPS UP

One of the high points of the 2003 Volvo XC-90 ($33,350, plus freight and options) is its thoughtful and beautifully designed interior, with quite possibly the most intelligently designed dash for ease of use that we’ve seen in years. While the XC-90 is slightly disappointing on poor road conditions, overall, this new Volvo holds its own with any SUV on the market. Choose either the 208-horsepower five-cylinder engine, or the more powerful 268-horsepower twin-turbo six. For more information, log on to www.insideautomotive.com.