Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: SE Michigan
Car: 2013 Outback Limited 2.5i
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
The Volvo design, while extremely safe, it outdated from a driving dynamics and ergonomic perspective. As the auto business becomes more and more competitive, Volvo didn't have the volume to spread their R&D around after they were sold by Ford.
If you add the high initial cost, plus the extremely high maintenance cost (of both parts and labor) , plus the poor mileage and lackluster performance of Volvos, you have a very limited market.
As a former Volvo owner, I loved the car but was always dismayed when parts cost 3x more than Japanese brands. Volvo was always the world leader in safety technology, but that gap is gone.
You can get an outback loaded for 30K, which is 10-15K less than a Volvo comparable Volvo, just as safe, drives better, and has a much lower cost of ownership.