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Ford Explorer vs. Volvo XC90 MPG

Chart is based on 127 fuel economy reports for the Ford Explorer and 190 fuel economy reports for the Volvo XC90.

Ford Explorer MPG

Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2015 20.9 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2013 21.8 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2012 21.4 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2012 18.4 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2011 15.6 MPG Highway Percentage 9 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2011 22.0 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2009 18.5 MPG Highway Percentage 100 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2009 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.5 MPG Highway Percentage 75 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.6 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.7 MPG Highway Percentage 17 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2007 17.2 MPG Highway Percentage 82 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2007 17.7 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 18.3 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 15.1 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 18.1 MPG Highway Percentage 29 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 17.5 MPG Highway Percentage 83 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 43 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 18.0 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 13.3 MPG Highway Percentage 5 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 16.7 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 13.2 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 18.8 MPG Highway Percentage 95 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 14.4 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 17.6 MPG Highway Percentage 38 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 16.1 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 17.0 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 18.2 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 36 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2001 11.4 MPG Highway Percentage 0 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2000 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2015 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills med light 45 0 15 40 75 20.9  
2013 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 25 0 30 45 70 21.8  
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 0 0 20 80 110 21.4  
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 0 31 17 52 71 18.4  
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 9 73 9 9 60 15.6  
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
flat light none 10 0 10 80 55 22.0  
2009 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 0 0 0 100 60 18.5  
2009 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills light hvy 5 20 30 45 60 19.2  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light hvy 0 5 20 75 60 16.5  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light hvy 0 0 63 37 65 16.6  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med none 6 27 50 17 75 16.7  
2007 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med hvy 1 6 13 82 75 17.2  
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 24 8 7 61 90 17.7  
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 2 18 19 61 68 18.3  
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 4 17 41 37 78 15.1  
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 20 23 28 29 70 18.1  
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 5 30 22 44 65 16.4  
2005 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 0 9 9 83 75 17.5  
2005 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 5 18 33 43 80 16.4  
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat lead hvy 20 20 10 50 60 18.0  
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 45 45 5 5 55 13.3  
2004 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 17 20 13 50 60 16.7  
2004 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 7 35 28 30 75 13.2  
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med hvy 5 0 0 95 65 18.8  
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
hills light hvy 10 20 18 52 63 16.4  
2003 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 5 17 32 45 81 14.4  
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 18 45 13 25 65 17.8  
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 16 14 32 38 74 17.6  
2002 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med light 17 26 17 40 89 16.1  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed manual 4WD w/low range
flat med hvy 0 40 30 30 65 17.0  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 7 22 37 35 70 18.2  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 18 3 44 36 70 19.2  
2001 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 0 75 25 0 0 11.4  
2000 4dr SUV 215-horsepower 5.0L V8
4-speed automatic AWD
flat v.lt none 0 10 33 58 60 17.8  

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Volvo XC90 MPG

Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2011 17.5 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2011 24.0 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2010 28.9 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2010 18.7 MPG Highway Percentage 0 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2010 17.9 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2009 16.2 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2008 18.8 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2008 17.5 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2008 17.9 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2007 21.7 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2007 21.4 MPG Highway Percentage 15 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2007 17.9 MPG Highway Percentage 33 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2006 16.5 MPG Highway Percentage 54 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2006 18.9 MPG Highway Percentage 34 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2006 30.0 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2006 18.6 MPG Highway Percentage 63 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2005 17.5 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2005 18.5 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2005 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 47 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2005 17.9 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2004 18.0 MPG Highway Percentage 26 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2004 17.1 MPG Highway Percentage 18 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2004 20.2 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2003 14.0 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2003 18.6 MPG Highway Percentage 43 percent Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 2003 34.8 MPG Highway Percentage 93 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2011 4dr SUV 311-horsepower 4.4L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med hvy 1 9 40 50 60 17.5  
2011 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.2L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 0 20 10 70 65 24.0  
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 182hp 2.4L I5 Diesel
6-speed manual AWD
hills light none 10 10 10 70 60 28.9  
2010 4dr SUV 311-horsepower 4.4L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med hvy 45 15 40 0 0 18.7  
2010 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 3.2L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 3 3 65 30 60 17.9  
2009 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 3.2L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 0 25 25 50 60 16.2  
2008 4dr SUV 311-horsepower 4.4L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills light light 7 20 33 40 68 18.8  
2008 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 3.2L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light hvy 10 20 35 35 60 17.5  
2008 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 3.2L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 14 30 21 35 67 17.9  
2007 4dr SUV 311-horsepower 4.4L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 3 3 40 55 68 21.7  
2007 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 3.2L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light hvy 3 45 38 15 60 21.4  
2007 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 3.2L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 11 26 30 33 81 17.9  
2006 4dr SUV turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light hvy 6 34 6 54 60 16.5  
2006 4dr SUV turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 7 33 26 34 81 18.9  
2006 4dr SUV turbocharged 182hp 2.4L I5 Diesel
6-speed manual AWD
flat light light 10 20 20 50 70 30.0  
2006 4dr SUV 311-horsepower 4.4L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills med light 5 23 8 63 77 18.6  
2005 4dr SUV turbocharged 268hp 2.9L I6
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 10 10 40 40 65 17.5  
2005 4dr SUV turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med none 5 30 15 50 65 18.5  
2005 4dr SUV turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 6 13 34 47 63 19.2  
2005 4dr SUV 311-horsepower 4.4L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 6 14 37 44 69 17.9  
2004 4dr SUV turbocharged 268hp 2.9L I6
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 1 42 31 26 70 18.0  
2004 4dr SUV turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med hvy 19 34 29 18 60 17.1  
2004 4dr SUV turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 5 21 40 35 68 20.2  
2003 4dr SUV turbocharged 268hp 2.8L I6
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 0 73 18 10 70 14.0  
2003 4dr SUV turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills light light 43 5 10 43 63 18.6  
2003 4dr SUV turbocharged 161hp 2.4L I5 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills med hvy 0 8 0 93 68 34.8  

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Ford Explorer vs. Volvo XC90 MPG

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
We initially went in looking for a commuter vehicle with High mpg... but the sport they had jumped out at us and we were on the hunt for one... in the wife's daily 45 mile drive to work she's averaging 20 mpg which is comparable to the Audi's 4 cylinder and my truck's 8 cylinder. see full Ford Explorer review
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Best in Class all that needs to be said. see full Ford Explorer review
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
For such a beast I'm pleased with the gas mileage. I average 19-21 in almost all city/suburban stoplight and rush hour driving. Highway mileage drops fast if you drive over 70. Keep it under 70 and I get about 24. see full Ford Explorer review
2003 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
For a mid-sized SUV, fuel economy is still as good or better than many 2008 cross-overs, and has all of the luxury features I like. see full Ford Explorer review
Ford Explorer Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Not really bad, but not that great either. To be expected for a vehicle this heavy see full Ford Explorer review
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
13-15 mpg around town, ouch! see full Ford Explorer review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
wish it was higher. Part of our problem is that wanted and bought a model with the towing package. The lower gearing does impact fuel economy see full Ford Explorer review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Could be better see full Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Gets poor fuel economy, but that is expected from a large SUV see full Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
13 - 14.5 for a V6! Ridiculous. see full Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
For a low output V6 (210hp) I would expect better gas mileage for this 4,400 suv. I average 14 to 18 mpg per tank depending on mix of city/highway. see full Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
17 miles to the gallon on a six. see full Ford Explorer review
 

TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2016 The old Volvo XC90's fuel economy was stuck in the early 2000s. When fitted with a 311-horsepower 4.4-liter V8 (last offered for 2011) its EPA ratings were 13 mpg city, 19 mpg highway. The 240-horsepower 3.2-liter inline-six that powered all first-generation XC90s in recent years managed little better, 15/21. The new XC90 is a couple hundred pounds lighter than the original one, and its only engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Two liters doesn't sound like nearly enough to motivate 4,400 pounds of all-wheel-drive crossover? Well, this particular engine happens to be both supercharged and turbocharged (the former to avoid the lag usually associated with a large, high-boost-pressure turbo) to the tune of 316 horsepower, five more than the old V8. The payoff: EPA ratings of 20 mpg city, 25 mpg highway. The highway figure is lower than that of the MDX (26), but the city figure is the best for a gasoline-powered fancy-brand three-row crossover. The trip computer averages during my week with the new XC90 largely confirmed these ratings. With a light foot in the suburbs I observed up to 27 mpg, a couple better than the Acura. Averages around 23 were common. Make frequent use of the boost and the trip computer average sinks as low as 14 mpg, but drive competitors similarly and they guzzle at least as much gas. Want even better fuel economy? Volvo will soon offer the above engine in conjuction with electric motors that bump total output to 400 horsepower. EPA ratings for the T8 hybrid haven't yet been announced, but they're expected to be impressive. Plus it will be possible to plug in the XC90 T8 then drive it about 17 miles on electricity alone. The downside? The T8 will cost $11,800 more than the T6 even after factoring in a $4,600 tax credit. Fuel savings alone won't justify this bump. see full Volvo XC90 review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90 Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 311-horsepower 4.4L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
For an SUV it is pretty good see full Volvo XC90 review
2004 4dr SUV turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
We did not want to drive a full size suv see full Volvo XC90 review
Volvo XC90 Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr SUV 311-horsepower 4.4L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
City driving is horrible, even in grandpa mode. Highway is quite good though. see full Volvo XC90 review