I would take Consumer Reports with a grain of salt. I have an OSD early MY2016. Aside from the usual maintenance there have been no major issues whatsoever.So the wife would like an XC90 however after taking a peek at CR.... 56/100 on reliability...well that doesn't feel good.
Just wondering that real owners of the car have faced. Is this some car I'm going to want to keep under warranty?
I spent several months researching until pulling the trigger on a 2018 CPO (7 yr / 100k) XC90. With 2018 being the third year of production, it seemed many of the kinks had been ironed out by that point with most issues centered on initial production 2016 and then 2017 vehicles.
I'm a year in to ownership (vehicle is now 2 years old), and the only issue has been a leaking windshield seal that presented as a few drips of water coming down from the rear view mirror during downpours (Florida). Initially, assumed it was a sunroof issue (2016s had issues with these that were fixed via a technical journal), but further diagnostics found the windshield leak. While not ideal, this was an easy repair covered under warranty.
Dig around on the forums and you'll find all of the horror stories -- realistically that's who's going to post. And you can find the same things on <insert brand>'s forums as well. If you go 2018 or newer and buy from a reputable dealer I believe you'll have a great vehicle and a great experience. A CPO warranty never hurts for extra peace of mind.
+1 x 10.+1 I have a XC90 Inscription T8 including the kitchen sink. It is a joy everyday I drive it.
Based on CR's assessment of the XC90 and other non-car items we were looking at, I recently decided to cancel my subscription. They were just way off.Out of the four cars in my garage, two of them are on the CR used car do not buy list and the XC40 we have does not have good reliability ratings. My ‘96 is too old for CR to hate on it.
I obviously don’t make decisions based on CR and have owned a string of very reliable VWs and a Jeep.