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2001 ICOTY Awards - Station Wagon
Most Dependable: Volvo Cross Country

ROAD & TRAVEL's 2001 Most Dependable -- Volvo Cross CountryYou’ve gotta be brain-dead if you haven’t noticed the new breed of Volvos. It’s as if the boxes they came in have fallen off and what is left are the Volvos they’ve always been meant to be. Curves are now where the edges used to be. A swept-back windshield imparts a sense of speed. Clearly, the "Re-Volvo-lution" is on.

Case in point: the new Cross Country. Who would have imagined even ten years ago that Volvo would be building a slick, all-wheel-drive, turbocharged wagon that would have style-mongers lining up around the block? And the mere concept of the Cross Country: a Volvo wagon for the trails? You’d have called us crazy! Well, okay, the Cross Country is not exactly a Jeep Wrangler off-road, but it does have a good bit more ground clearance and an impressive all-wheel drive system to help you in snow, rain and light off-road trail-running. The light-pressure turbocharged five-cylinder engine is plenty powerful, and is smooth and quiet to boot. Accommodations are first-rate, thanks to standard heated leather front seats, facing a clean, ergonomically superb dashboard. Furthermore, the optional rear-facing third row seats turn this butched-up wagon into one sexy seven-seater. The Cross Country takes the already outstanding V70 wagon and makes it even better, cooler, and even more competent, with fewer limitations as to where you can go and what you can do with this sweet new Swede. For additional information on the Volvo Cross Country directly from Volvo, click X Country.

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