Were nearing the end of our time in the Volvo XC60 , and its been smooth sailing all year. Currently at around 24,000 miles, the compact crossover has visited the dealership twice for regular maintenance. Im impressed by the airy, eco-chic feel of my local Volvo dealership, but Im even happier about the fact that the first three services are free of charge. This means free maintenance at the 10,000-, 20,000-, and 30,000-mile recommended intervals. For some buyers, the XC60 is the family car, and for others, its the road trip car or the second vehicle. For me, it is primarily a commuter car. So how well does it perform in this role? --> First things first: fuel economy. In our Real MPG tests, our Volvo managed 20.3/32.5/24.4 mpg city/highway/combined. This is considerably better than the EPAs rating of 20/27/23 mpg. And it also outperformed the Real MPG estimates for our long-term Acura RDX (19.4/30.9/23.3 mpg). Not bad for a compact SUV. Of course, if youre really looking to maximize fuel economy, these 10 small SUVs will do the job . One is the plug-in hybrid version of the XC60. To be a good commuter car, a vehicle must have features that make the drivers life easier. The XC60s head-up display and 12.3-inch multi-configurable instrument cluster help achieve this goal. You can control many functions via buttons on the steering wheel, making the finicky infotainment system just a little more palatable for the driver. One thing works against the XC60s effectiveness as a commuter car. When switching lanes at low speeds in traffic, theres a slight delay in acceleration when you need it. There are arguments to make for the XC60 as a road trip vehicle. It has a spacious back seat, although a high floor hump makes it a bit tricky for the middle seat occupant to rest his or her legs. The XC60s cargo area will fit luggage for the whole family, and as we noted in a previous update, we generally like the cruise control system. Up next: our final verdict on the XC60. Read more about our 2019 Volvo XC60 T5 AWD long-termer: Arrival Update 1: Exploring the Infotainment System Update 2: Comfortably Serene Update 3: Cruising Update 4: Interior Touches 7 Unusual Features on the 2019 Volvo XC60 Update 5:How Our Volvo XC60 Shines After an Acura RDX Weekend The post Is the Volvo XC60 a Better Commuter or Road Trip SUV? appeared first on MotorTrend .