Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Modern-Day Volvo 240: The Volvo XC90

They say they don't make 'em like they used to...and there is a lot of truth to that. Looking back again at the Volvo 240, you see a car that for most of it's life had a 114 horsepower engine, steel wheels, manually operated mirrors and a crank-handle sunroof. So be glad they don't make 'em like they used to.

But, for all the creature comforts that the 240 lacked, it more than made up for in comfort, cargo capacity and safety. Not to mention longevity! Is there a modern Volvo that's equivalent to the iconic 240? If you think about it, the Volvo XC90 fits the bill.

For one thing, the XC90 was the first SUV ever to receive a top safety pick and it has been a top safety pick every year. When the 240 was unveiled, it too set the standard for crash worthiness, becoming the benchmark for all US crash test standards.

As far as cargo capacity, much like the Volvo 240 wagon, the XC90 can hold a LOT of stuff and is just as versatile. The 240 wagon featured 76 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The XC90 features 85.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity and like the Volvo 240 wagon, you have seating for 7. Though the cloth has been traded for leather, the Volvo seat comfort is still in a league of its own.

And finally, like the 240, the XC90 features a timeless design. It is simple, yet elegant and you know its a Volvo. So, while they might not make 'em like they used to, the spirit of the Volvo 240 is as alive today as it was 39 years ago when the 240 debuted.

Find your Volvo at Lehman Volvo in York: www.lehmanvolvoyork.com
or Lehman Volvo in Mechanicsburg: www.lehmanvolvo.com

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