Horsepower

Torque

Explorer 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

300 HP

310 lbs.-ft.

Explorer 3.3 DOHC V6 hybrid

318 HP

322 lbs.-ft.

Explorer Platinum 3.0 turbo V6

365 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Explorer ST 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

415 lbs.-ft.

XC90 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Explorer V6 Turbo’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90’s standard fuel tank (20.2 vs. 18.8 gallons).

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Explorer, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the XC90.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the XC90 (255/65R18 vs. 235/55R19).

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the Explorer can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The XC90 doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Explorer has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC90’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the Explorer uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Explorer’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The XC90 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Explorer’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the XC90 (119.1 inches vs. 117.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XC90.

Chassis

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The Ford Explorer may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 400 pounds less than the Volvo XC90.

The front grille of the Explorer (except 3.3 V6 non-Hybrid) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XC90 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Explorer Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XC90 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Explorer has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, 3.2 inches more front hip room, 4.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom, 2.6 inches more rear hip room, 5.4 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.6 inches more third row headroom, .3 inches more third row legroom and 7.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the XC90.

Cargo Capacity

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The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC90.

Explorer

XC90

Behind Third Seat

18.2 cubic feet

15.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

47.9 cubic feet

41.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87.8 cubic feet

85.7 cubic feet

The Explorer’s cargo area is larger than the XC90’s in almost every dimension:

Explorer

XC90

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

20.8”/49.8”/83.9”

21.8”/49.6”/80.3”

Max Width

59”

54.7”

Min Width

48.1”

44.5”

Height

33.7”

35”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Explorer’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XC90 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Volvo XC90 is limited to 5000 pounds. The Explorer offers up to a 5600 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Explorer is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XC90. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

An Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor is standard on the Explorer to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Volvo doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the XC90.

Ergonomics

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In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer’s exterior PIN entry system. The XC90 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Volvo On Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Explorer has standard extendable sun visors. The XC90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Ford Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The XC90 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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The Ford Explorer outsold the Volvo XC90 by over 8 to one during 2018.

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