How Much Can A Volvo XC90 Tow?

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The Volvo XC90 towing capacity is another shining point in favor of this luxury SUV. If you're trying to find the best new SUV with three rows or if you're interested in a new SUV with up to seven seats, incredible capability features, and a turbocharged engine, then your new car search has undoubtedly led you to the new Volvo XC90 for sale – and for a good reason.

The new Volvo XC90 offers three trim levels with features like a panoramic moonroof to let in beautiful natural light, standard all-wheel-drive (AWD) performance, and an air cleaning system that prevents up to 95% of harmful PM 2.5 particles from entering the cabin. However, you still need to know: how much can the new Volvo XC90 tow?

If you're thinking about taking your boat to the lake or camper to the campgrounds, you're probably wondering about the 2023 Volvo XC90 towing capacity. If so, this 2023 Volvo XC90 review is for you. We'll review the current Volvo XC90 tow capacity and compare the 2023 vs. 2022 Volvo XC90 models to help you decide if a new or used version is better for your needs.

Volvo XC90 Towing Capacity Chart

Choosing the right Volvo XC90 that delivers the towing capacity you need is an important decision. That's why we've put together a Volvo XC90 towing capacity chart that compares AWD vs. FWD tow load capability for the Volvo XC90 across the years.

Volvo XC90 Towing Capacity Chart w/AWD w/FWD
2023 5,000 lbs1 n/a
2022 5,000 lbs1 4,000 lbs1
2021 5,000 lbs1 4,000 lbs1
2020 5,000 lbs1 4,000 lbs1
2019 5,000 lbs1 4,000 lbs1
2018 5,000 lbs1 4,000 lbs1
2017 5,000 lbs1 4,000 lbs1
2016 5,000 lbs1 4,000 lbs1
2015 3,500 lbs1 n/a
2014 3,500 lbs1 n/a
2013 3,500 lbs1 n/a
2012 3,500 lbs1 n/a
2011 3,500 lbs1 n/a
2010 3,500 lbs1 n/a

Volvo XC90 Towing Capacity by Trim & Drivetrain

The new Volvo XC90 is available in three trim levels: the Core, the Plus, and the Ultimate. The entry-level and mid-tier trim have the choice of two mild-hybrid powertrains, while the Ultimate comes with one. For 2023, the front-wheel drive option has been discontinued. Explore each 2023 trim and see how the powertrains contribute to this SUV's towing capability.

Volvo XC90 Core Towing Capacity

The Core trim introduces the standard features you desire from such a luxurious SUV, such as a laminated panoramic moonroof, heated front seats, and Pilot Assist. All-wheel drive with instant traction technology can have you feeling confident on the roads, whether paired with the 247-horsepower B5 four-cylinder turbocharged engine or the supercharged B6 option. Either will help you reach the Volvo XC90 maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.1

Volvo XC90 Plus Towing Capacity

Find balance with this mid-level trim, the Volvo XC90 Plus. Plus models introduce more premium features to take your luxury experience to the next level, including a 360-degree camera, interior high-level illumination, and headlamp cleaners. This trim can also come with the B5 or B6 setup and, similarly, can also tow up to 5,000 pounds.1

Volvo XC90 Ultimate Towing Capacity

Get stunning design and technology with the Volvo XC90 Ultimate. This top-tier trim level introduces a Harman Kardon® premium sound system, front seat ventilation, and a Graphical Head-Up display that makes it easier to navigate without taking your eyes off the road. This vehicle option comes with the B6 automatically, which will net you 295 horsepower and 5,000 pounds of towing capacity.1

Learn more about what is offered in each of these tiers when you talk to our team about our new 2023 Volvo XC90 inventory.

Performance Details

The B5 and B6 powertrains were incorporated into the Volvo XC90 for 2023 because they feature mild-hybrid architecture that helps you save money at the fuel pump. Regenerative braking technology recaptures energy that would otherwise be lost when you bring your vehicle to a stop and stores it in a 48-volt battery for later use. As a result, you will not have to stop by the gas station as much as you would otherwise while still not having to traditionally charge your SUV.

The B5 direct-injected turbocharged engine that makes 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque delivers an EPA-estimated 22/28/25 MPG (City/Highway/Combined).2 You can also go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. Drivers who opt for a Volvo XC90 B6 can expect an EPA-estimated 20/26/22 MPG (City/Highway/Combined),2 295 horsepower, and 310 pound-feet of torque, as well as a 6.4-second 0-to-60-mph time. In addition to being more efficient, these engine choices still uphold high standards for towing capacity.

Regardless of which powertrain you choose, it's important not to exceed the vehicle's weight limit. Towing more than your SUV is designed for can cause your engine to overheat, potentially shortening its life span, and can risk an accident on the road.

Volvo SUV Comparison

If you're thinking about what to do when your current lease ends or when your current car no longer suits your needs, you might start to look at the 2023 Volvo XC90 and wonder how it compares to other options. For example, you might be considering the two-row Volvo XC60. If equipped properly, the Volvo XC60 can tow up to 3,500 pounds, but the Volvo XC90 can tow up to 5,000 pounds with standard AWD and with either the B5 or B6 powertrain.

The B5 and B6 options replaced the T5 and T6 powertrains that used to be on the Volvo XC90. However, you can still find these under the hoods of vehicles in our pre-owned selection. The 250-horsepower T5 could come with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while the 316-horsepower T6 had all-wheel drive standard. FWD versions could tow up to 4,000 pounds,1 while the AWD versions could tow up to 5,000 pounds, just like today.1 It also had a tongue weight of 500 pounds.

In addition, the Volvo XC90 isn't the only luxury SUV out there that promises performance and style. Since the 2023 Volvo XC90 release and specs were revealed, you've probably been wondering how it compares to other SUVs on the market.

There are plenty of luxury SUVs to consider. Our Lincoln Aviator vs. Volvo XC90 comparison puts these two gorgeous vehicles side-by-side to see which one better fits your needs. Size, features, and of course, towing vary with each model. Compare them and have confidence when you drive away that you have picked the right one for you.

Volvo XC90 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid Towing Capacity

We've covered the Volvo XC90 towing capacity for the B5 and B6 powertrains, but what if you're shopping for a Volvo XC90 Hybrid? What is the towing capacity of the Volvo XC90 Recharge?

We're glad you asked. The new Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 eAWD is motivated by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine with e-boost that puts out a combined 455 horsepower and 523 pound-feet of torque and can tow up to 5,000 pounds if equipped properly. Its impressive 58 MPGe (Combined)3 is complemented by its ability to take short trips using only electric power. Learn more about the new Volvo XC90 Hybrid for sale at our dealership, and see how it holds up against our other Volvo XC90 options.

Visit Volvo Cars Richmond for More on the Volvo XC90

While this page has gone deep into one aspect of what makes the Volvo XC90 three-row luxury SUV so special, there is so much left to discuss. This vehicle offers comfortable seating for up to six or seven, premium materials, advanced safety and infotainment technology, and versatile cargo space within the cabin. Our team at Volvo Cars Richmond is excited to show you these details in person to decide if it checks off all the boxes on your wishlist.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much weight can a Volvo XC90 tow?

The Volvo XC90 is ready to tow big loads with up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped. The 2023 Volvo XC90 is only available in an all-wheel drive option. Both the B5 and B6 all-wheel-drive powertrains have the same towing capacity. You can also tow up to 5,000 pounds in a Volvo XC90 Recharge using the T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain.1

Can the Volvo XC90 tow more than the Volvo EX90?

The Volvo XC90 and the forthcoming Volvo EX90 both have great towing capacities, but you can get a little more with the XC90. The Volvo EX90 is estimated to tow up to 4,850 pounds when properly equipped, 150 pounds less than the XC90, but still a pretty capable electric SUV. Both are great options for bringing all kinds of equipment on adventures with you.

How much does the tow package cost on the Volvo XC90?

There are multiple towing accessories you can add to your Volvo XC90 instead of one Volvo XC90 tow package. The XC90 Foldable Trailer Hitch comes with or without an air suspension. This option does not include a two-ball holder. You can also get the XC90 Trailer Hitch Ball and Bag. For a full quote on your Volvo XC90 vehicle with accessories, reach out to our sales team today.

What is the towing capacity of a 2023 Volvo XC90?

The 2023 Volvo XC90 towing capacity is 5,000 pounds for both the B5 and B6 models.1 The B5 AWD four-cylinder turbo engine has 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The B6 AWD offers a four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged engine with 295 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. You can also choose the Volvo XC90 Recharge with a T8 eAWD powertrain, which tows 5,000 pounds.1

Can you put a trailer hitch on a Volvo XC90?

Yes. Several great accessories make towing your Volvo XC90 simple, including multiple trailer hitch add-ons. A genuine Volvo XC90 tow hitch can be a great addition to your vehicle and make towing safe, convenient, and practical. Seamlessly connect what you need and get on the road for your next big adventure. Ask our team for details, or have our service department install the hitching equipment.

Can a Volvo XC90 tow a boat?

Bringing your small boat along is no problem in the Volvo XC90. Since many leisure or hobby boats weigh between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds, the Volvo XC90 is well-equipped to tow it along for your next adventure at the lake or beyond. From paddling out for fishing trips to zooming across the water in a speed boat, the Volvo XC90 can help you achieve your weekend plans.

Can a Volvo XC90 tow a horse trailer?

Get your horses on the move with the Volvo XC90. Most horse trailers can weigh between 2,300 and 3,900 pounds. However, you will then have to add the weight of your horse to ensure they can be transported safely. This is doable since many horses weigh under 2,000 pounds. However, there are cases where you will need more towing capacity.

Can a Volvo XC90 tow an Airstream?

Take a road trip with the family or hit a weekend festival with friends in your Airstream and leave it to your Volvo XC90 to tow it. Smaller models, like the Airstream Basecamp®, are perfect for your Volvo vehicle, as they weigh between 2,500 and 5,000 pounds. However, you should make sure to account for the weight of any cargo inside.

Can a Volvo XC90 tow a camper?

A camper can come big or small, light or heavy, so it's important to know your camper's weight before attempting to tow it. The Volvo XC90 is ready to tow your small camper so long as it weighs 5,000 pounds or less, including the weight of anything being stored inside it. Therefore, weigh everything carefully to ensure safe journeys.

1When properly equipped.

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3This is a hybrid plug in vehicle. Since electricity is not measured in gallons, a conversion factor is used to translate the fuel economy into miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe). Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe will vary for many reasons, including but not limited to, driving conditions, how and where you drive, how you maintain your vehicle battery-package/condition, and other factors. For more information, including information on MPGe, see

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