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We have just returned from an incredible road trip in our new XC90. Overall, it gave us outstanding performance, comfort and safety.

Here are some quick figures and then a ton of pictures & videos to show you our 2016 R-Design in some amazing environments.

  • ~11,000 ft - Highest Elevation
  • 6077 - Total Miles
  • 114.25 - Hours driven
  • 25 - Days on the Road
  • 23.9 - MPG Average
  • 16 - Different States
  • 12 - National Parks
  • 6 - Times listened to Freebird
  • 4 - Passengers
  • 3 - Worlds Largest things
  • $2.30 - Lowest price paid for 93 octane
  • 2 - Sensus Reboots
  • 1- Broken Windshield
  • 1 - Cracked Grill
We started in Atlanta, GA and went to St Louis for the first night (550 miles.) We were almost to the World's Largest Bottle of Catsup when I noticed 113 degrees on the dash! Got a big surprise when we stopped and after we all took a quick picture and got back in the car, the Sensus gave us a double reboot.

Maybe it was 4 phones that all had Bluetooth turned on and with the heat, it had to reset. Only time I've ever seen it do that.

Great way to build my confidence on Day 1. After that - we rode with just one phone with Bluetooth on. No other reboot issues came up for the rest of the trip.

http://www.catsupbottle.com/



St Louis Arch - The gateway to the west!

 

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From St Louis we went up through Sioux Falls, SD (600 miles in one day) and then over to the Badlands. On the way, we stopped by The Corn Palace. Funny place to visit and it smells great. It's an amphitheater and the whole thing is covered in corn, inside and out. Styx is coming in September!



The Badlands is like another planet...



 

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Amazing.

Next summer I'll be shipping my XC90 from Hawaii to California and then driving to my next duty station. Always wanted to do a cross county road trip
 

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Yes, thank you. I enjoyed the pictures, and some glimpses of life on the road with your XC90. You obviously ditched your family before St. Louis.

How was the B&W on your epic journey? Or did everyone have their own individual soundtracks and video games going?

Oh, and good overall gas mileage, too-- were you careful or did you just drive as your mood suited you?
 

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Awesome update and great pictures! Thanks so much
You're welcome! Much more to come!

Amazing.

Next summer I'll be shipping my XC90 from Hawaii to California and then driving to my next duty station. Always wanted to do a cross county road trip
You have to do it! So many people we talked to on the road were so happy for us and told us about many memories they made on their trips too. Thanks for your service too.

Yes, thank you. I enjoy the pictures, and some glimpses of life on the road with your XC90. You obviously ditched your family before St. Louis.

How was the B&W on your epic journey? Or did everyone have their own individual soundtracks and video games going?

Oh, and good overall gas mileage, too-- were you careful or did you just drive as your mood suited you?
All passengers made it the whole way, although we did have a few moments. The B&W was outstanding. I made a bunch of playlists of roadtrip songs and so many were appropriate in the setting at just the right time. Weird how that happens.

We had certain "zones" where iPads, phones, games, etc were off limits, mostly in Parks and on scenic routes. "Time to look out the window kids!" Otherwise a portable DVD with dual headphones can help your sanity tremendously.

For MPG, I tried a few things. One day I would drive in Comfort, then the next in Eco, the next in Dynamic, but for the vast majority of the trip I used the ACC. Between that and the Lane Assist, it made the driving so much easier!

In the canyons and twists of Montana, Dynamic wins everyday. In Yellowstone, Eco is best.
 

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I'm looking forward to your posts on the rest of your trip. I've done several 6K round trips, but not in a Volvo (we'll pick ours up next May) and it is a great way to see this beautiful country. We live in Tucson which is an easy days drive to some of the most beautiful places on this planet.
 

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Awesome pictures. You got to tell the story with the Broken Windshield and Cracked Grill.
 

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Truly inspiring. You must be a good driver. I think I would have a hard time with that many miles -- even as a passenger.
 

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These pictures are pretty awesome.
Awesome pictures. You got to tell the story with the Broken Windshield and Cracked Grill.
It's coming...

Truly inspiring. You must be a good driver. I think I would have a hard time with that many miles -- even as a passenger.
I love driving, and this thing helped that itch.

I'm looking forward to your posts on the rest of your trip. I've done several 6K round trips, but not in a Volvo (we'll pick ours up next May) and it is a great way to see this beautiful country. We live in Tucson which is an easy days drive to some of the most beautiful places on this planet.
You live in an amazing state.

Nicely done. The Badlands are amazing.
Big thanks everyone!

One great thing was the 80mph speed limit across SD and later in TX. Driving that fast is much more engaging. The signs were usually picked up automatically as I passed them and icon held correct on the dash, but sometimes slipped down to 70 or 75 at times, even though the limit was still 80. It seems harder for the XC90 to read the signs at higher speeds.



I ran Waze too, and many times a similar limit was on the app. Waze was right most of the time, if it had the limit. Otherwise the sign recognition was 90% spot on.
 

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Love it...do share many more pictures, especially about the national parks! This is something we'd love to do someday once the kids are a bit older. Right now, my wife won't stand the idea of driving for extended periods of time (besides annual trips to family) with a 2 and 1 year old in tow.
 

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Love it...do share many more pictures, especially about the national parks! This is something we'd love to do someday once the kids are a bit older. Right now, my wife won't stand the idea of driving for extended periods of time (besides annual trips to family) with a 2 and 1 year old in tow.
If you ever drive for extended periods of time, you'll need the comfort of orthopedically-correct Volvo seats. Take it from someone who knows--who has had a bad back injury (I'm 98% recovered). Don't do this in a Toyota. ;)
 

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What a wonderful trip! I'm eager to read the rest of the story and see the accompanying pictures!

I've got two weeks off work next April...now you've got me thinking if a family road trip could be in store..
 

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Love it...do share many more pictures, especially about the national parks! This is something we'd love to do someday once the kids are a bit older. Right now, my wife won't stand the idea of driving for extended periods of time (besides annual trips to family) with a 2 and 1 year old in tow.
Yes, you really need to do this. I think it makes sense to wait a little bit. Some of my fondest memories are our road-trip vacations with the kids. I am sure that there was fighting and bickering between the kids, but I can only really remember the good times.
 

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If you ever drive for extended periods of time, you'll need the comfort of orthopedically-correct Volvo seats. Take it from someone who knows--who has had a bad back injury (I'm 98% recovered). Don't do this in a Toyota. ;)
I always hear people rave about Volvo seats. My first reaction was that they didn't seem that padded. Regardless of that, now I feel that these are extremely comfortable. I guess they just are very ergonomic. I have loved them on the short trips I've made, but am curious how my opinion would hold up on longer trips. (I have the Nappa Contour Seats -- I guess the variations my feel different)
 

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I always hear people rave about Volvo seats. My first reaction was that they didn't seem that padded. Regardless of that, now I feel that these are extremely comfortable. I guess they just are very ergonomic. I have loved them on the short trips I've made, but am curious how my opinion would hold up on longer trips. (I have the Nappa Contour Seats -- I guess the variations my feel different)
I've read lots of Volvo owner reviews on the various car websites, and many have raved about long drives without any fatigue in their Volvos, because of the wonderful seats. A couple of years ago, I drove from Evergreen, Colorado to Ft Collins Colorado to see my daughter (a 2 hr drive). My back was really hurting at the start of the drive. When I got to Ft Collins, I had to get gas, and much to my surprise, when I got out of my old XC90, my back was no longer hurting. Amazing!!! My chair in my den is not that good.
 
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