Say hello to Volvo’s new moose-detecting German-car fighter, the S90. The sedan is big deal for Volvo. The automaker hopes its understated design, safety technology and fuel efficiency can compete with the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6.
The 2017 S90 gets Volvo’s latest City Safe suite of technologies. It has systems that help avoid collisions with pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles on the road and at intersections. It also adds Volvo’s semi-autonomous driving feature Pilot Assist.
Plus, it has a new large-animal detection system to spot animals like moose and apply brakes autonomously, if needed, to avoid them.
The S90 shares the same Scalable Modular Architecture that debuted in the XC90. (You can check out our new XC90 review here.) It also shares its powertrain options with the XC90. Drivers can choose from three engines. The first is a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged T6 engine. The second is the turbocharged T5. A T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid model will also be available.
As for looks, it stays true to Volvo. It’s simple, sleek and sophisticated with no earth-shattering changes. Inside, you’ll find a matte-finish premium interior with wood trim. The Swedish-styled dash also gets the Sensus Connect touchscreen used in the XC90.
2016 HONDA PILOT CRASH TESTS
The 2016 Honda Pilot is getting top marks in the safety department.
The redesigned SUV recently scored a 5-Star overall rating in new NHTSA government crash tests. NHTSA notes that the new model also offers what it calls “recommended technologies” which are forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems. Both are part of Honda Sensing, a safety suite of technologies offered on some makes and models.
“The 2016 Pilot has set the new benchmark in the midsize SUV segment by achieving both class-leading fuel economy and the industry’s highest safety ratings,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. “With the addition of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies available through Honda Sensing, no other midsize mainstream SUV on the market today can match the Pilot’s top IIHS and NHTSA safety scores.”
The pilot is built at Honda’s plant in Alabama.