We drove Volvo's XC90 luxury SUV from Los Angeles to San Francisco

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Volvo XC90

Bryan Logan/Business Insider

A quiet, unassuming kind of luxury. The XC90 looks decidedly upmarket without any excess chrome or plastic.

The Volvo XC90, one of the Swedish carmaker's best-selling models of all time, has been redesigned.

This is Volvo's top-line SUV, and this new example shows that Volvo is trying to prove itself as a modern contender in an evolving luxury-car market. Volvo tossed Business Insider the keys to the 2016 XC90 so we could give this all-wheel-drive, supercharged - and turbocharged! - Swede a proper workout.

Naturally, we started our weeklong stint with a road trip.

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