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Since the 1993 model year, Volvo's front-drive car, the Volvo '850', was available as a 4-door sedan, then as well as a station wagon since 1994. It combined a compact, 4-valves-per-cylinder, aluminum 5-cylinder engine (designed in collaboration with Porsche) and optional turbocharger with an equally compact 4-speed, electronically controlled 3- mode automatic transmission. The automatic was standard on Turbo models and optional on others, where a 5-speed manual was standard. The 850 was Volvo's midpriced car, and competed with such sports/luxury imports as the Acura Legend, Audi A6, BMW 3-series, Saab 900 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Volvo brought daytime driving lights, required in Sweden and Canada, to the United States on all models. Low wattage was supplied to the headlights whenever the ignition would be turned on. Volvo pioneered roadside assistance with its On Call 24-hour roadside service. The 850 also had standard airbags, ABS, CFC-free air conditioning and asbestos-free brake pads.

Year-to-year changesEdit

1993Edit

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1994Edit

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1995Edit

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1996Edit

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1997Edit

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Retail pricesEdit

  • $24,680 (1994 Volvo 850 4DR Sedan)
  • $27,110 (1994 Volvo 850 GLT 4DR Sedan)
  • $28,410 (1994 Volvo 850 GLT 4DR Wagon)
  • $30,435 (1994 Volvo 850 Turbo 4DR Sedan)
  • $31,735 (1994 Volvo 850 Turbo 4DR Wagon)

As of late 1994:

  • $25,180 (1995 Volvo 850 4DR Sedan)
  • $26,480 (1995 Volvo 850 4DR Wagon)
  • $27,610 (1995 Volvo 850 GLT 4DR Sedan)
  • $28,910 (1995 Volvo 850 GLT 4DR Wagon)
  • $31,045 (1995 Volvo 850 Turbo 4DR Sedan)
  • $32,345 (1995 Volvo 850 Turbo 4DR Wagon)

As of April 10, 1995:

  • $24,935 (1995 Volvo 850 4DR Sedan)
  • $26,235 (1995 Volvo 850 4DR Wagon)
  • $27,780 (1995 Volvo 850 GLT 4DR Sedan)
  • $29,080 (1995 Volvo 850 GLT 4DR Wagon)
  • $31,790 (1995 Volvo 850 Turbo 4DR Sedan)
  • $33,090 (1995 Volvo 850 Turbo 4DR Wagon)
  • $35,545 (1995 Volvo 850 Turbo T-5R 4DR Sedan)
  • $37,095 (1995 Volvo 850 Turbo T-5R 4DR Wagon)

As of October 1, 1995:

  • $26,125 (1996 Volvo 850 4DR Sedan)
  • $27,425 (1996 Volvo 850 4DR Wagon)
  • $29,200 (1996 Volvo 850 GLT 4DR Sedan)
  • $30,500 (1996 Volvo 850 GLT 4DR Wagon) 
  • $32,650 (1996 Volvo 850 Turbo 4DR Sedan)
  • $33,950 (1996 Volvo 850 Turbo 4DR Wagon)
  • $36,885 (1996 Volvo 850 Platinum Limited Edition 4DR Sedan)
  • $38,335 (1996 Volvo 850 Platinum Limited Edition 4DR Wagon)

SpecificationsEdit

4DR SedanEdit

Model years Trim level Transmission Cylinders Engine Size Drive MPG Horsepower
1994-1995 Base 5-speed manual 5-cylinder 2.4L FWD 20 City/28 Highway 168
1994-1995 GLT 5-speed manual 5-cylinder 2.4L FWD 20 City/28 Highway 168
1994-1995 Turbo 4-speed automatic 5-cylinder 2.3L FWD 19 City/26 Highway 222

4DR WagonEdit

Model years Trim level Transmission Cylinders Engine Size Drive MPG Horsepower
1995 Base 5-speed manual 5-cylinder 2.4L FWD 20 City/29 Highway 168
1994-1995 GLT 5-speed manual 5-cylinder 2.4L FWD 20 City/28 Highway 168
1994-1995 Turbo 4-speed automatic 5-cylinder 2.3L FWD 19 City/26 Highway 222

GalleryEdit