Whoever said not to judge a book by its cover clearly hadn’t laid eyes on the Volvo V90.
It’s been four years since Volvo first unveiled the V90 wagon, but damn if seeing one in my driveway doesn’t make me a little weak in the knees. Maybe it’s the Bursting Blue paint. Maybe it’s the R-Design styling tweaks. All I know is, whoever said not to judge a book by its cover clearly hadn’t laid eyes on the Volvo V90.
LikeGorgeous exterior designComfortable and nicely appointed interiorHuge roster of standard driver-assistance tech
Don’t LikeSensus tech is sometimes buggy20-inch wheels negatively affect ride qualityExtra effort required to buy one
The R-Design is set off by a slightly different lower front fascia and these 5-spoke, 20-inch wheels, but even the standard V90 looks handsome as heck. The low, wide stance and loooooong profile are all fantastic, as is the short front overhang, plus the LED lighting elements and generous dash-to-axle ratio. It’s a design that’s both striking and modern but will surely age well. I wouldn’t change a thing.That longroof shape lends itself to utility, too. Fold the rear seats flat and the V90 offers 53.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which is about the same as a compact SUV. Admittedly, while passenger space is equally generous, that short overall height means headroom can be an issue for taller passengers, especially in the rear. At least the R-Design comes standard with a panoramic sunroof, to make the cabin feel as open and airy as possible, which is especially welcome given my tester’s all-black upholstery scheme.
Every single part of the V90’s interior is as nice to look at as it is to touch.
Up front, the driver and passenger are treated to super-comfy, super-supportive chairs. Every single part of the V90’s interior is as nice to look at as it is to touch, with soft leather wrapping the dashboard and steering wheel and high-quality plastics on the door cards and center console. I could do without the abundance of piano black trim around the shifter and cup holders, as it gets very dusty very easily, but it’s a small complaint about an otherwise lovely cabin. Even the carbon fiber trim looks great.Volvo’s Sensus software handles infotainment duties, arranged on a 9-inch, portrait-oriented screen. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Sensus over the years and my experience continues to be hit or miss. Despite adding processing power, the V90’s system is often slow to respond to commands at startup, but once it gets going, those issues go away. I like that both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not only standard, but can be relegated to the bottom tile of the home screen so as to not take over the entire interface.
What I don’t like, however, is that some of the hot points to access pages like the settings menu are kind of small and easy to flub while driving. Swiping left or right reveals different menus for different things, but while the learning curve is slightly steep, once you get to know Sensus, it offers a wealth of functionality.
A digital gauge cluster is standard and, while I appreciate the minimalist approach to what information is fed to the driver, the screen isn’t as feature-rich as what you’ll find in Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz products. That said, where Volvo really ups the ante compared to the German competition is its standard level of active driver-assistance tech. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a driver alert monitor, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, road sign information and Volvo’s Pilot Assist tech, which adds steering assist for highway driving, are all standard on the V90.Volvo offers its T5 and T6 engines here, which you’ll find in pretty much every one of the company’s other models. The T5 consists of a 2.0-liter turbo I4 with 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the T6 — which is what I have here — adds a supercharger to the mix, resulting in 316 hp and 295 lb-ft. Interestingly, the less-powerful T5 delivers its full torque thrust at just 1,500 rpm while the T6 takes an additional 700 rpm to build boost — and honestly, given the V90’s relatively relaxed demeanor, unless you’re all about bragging rights, the T5 seems like the way to go.The eight-speed automatic transmission is imperceptible in its action and T6 models come standard with all-wheel drive for added foul-weather traction.
That’s not to say the T6 isn’t a great engine. It provides lots of power and, despite having a turbocharger and supercharger doing work under the hood, overall operation is buttery smooth. The eight-speed automatic transmission is imperceptible in its action and T6 models come standard with all-wheel drive for added foul-weather traction. If you stick with the T5, you’re locked into front-wheel drive, but that’s not necessarily a problem a good set of winter tires can’t solve. Besides, if it’s rugged, go-anywhere ability you’re after, might I suggest the V90 Cross Country?Even with the extra power and additional driven wheels, the T6 setup isn’t that much less efficient than the T5. The EPA says a V90 T5 with front-wheel drive should return 22 miles per gallon in the city, 33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined, while the T6 AWD lowers those numbers to 21, 31 and 25, respectively. After a week of mixed driving, I recorded 24 mpg.On the road, the V90 doesn’t really compel you to drive it hard. The steering has nice weight, but feels a little numb. The V90 doesn’t hate being thrown into a corner and the chassis does a nice job of mitigating body roll on winding roads. Unfortunately, the 20-inch wheels and low-profile tires of this R-Design tester make for an often brittle ride on Los Angeles’ crappy freeways.The R-Design kit might look sporty, but the V90 is an easy-does-it sort of cruiser that’ll happily breeze through hundreds of miles at a time.
Still, I really like driving the V90. It’s just easy. There’s great visibility out the front and an Individual driving mode allows you to tailor things like the throttle, steering and even the brakes to your liking. Personally, I prefer to leave it all in Comfort, since that’s where the V90 really shines. The R-Design kit might look sporty, but the V90 is an easy-does-it sort of cruiser that’ll happily breeze through hundreds of miles at a time.But here’s the thing: You have to really want a V90 to get one. This wagon remains an order-only affair, meaning dealers don’t have them readily in stock, instead focusing their efforts on the higher-riding V90 Cross Country. At $53,090 to start, including $995 for destination, the V90 T5 FWD represents a $3,090 bargain over the cheapest Cross Country, which can only be had in T6 AWD guise. And if you’re really hot on a Volvo wagon, there’s also the $40,645 V60, which is slightly smaller but uses the same engines. Don’t forget about the $46,095 V60 Cross Country, either. Decisions, decisions.The 2020 Volvo V90 is comfortable, functional and pretty nice to drive — and there’s a lot to be said for the inherent exclusivity (read: cool factor) of a special-order-only car. Those who do make the extra effort to seek one out surely won’t be disappointed. The design alone makes it a standout.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates divorce: Everything about the family foundation and billions at stake – CNET
Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced after 27 years and three children. Getty Images Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, two of the world’s most powerful and well-funded philanthropists, said in early May that they’re ending their marriage. For the past two decades, the pair has funded education, global health and other causes through their namesake…
Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced after 27 years and three children.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, two of the world’s most powerful and well-funded philanthropists, said in early May that they’re ending their marriage. For the past two decades, the pair has funded education, global health and other causes through their namesake foundation. The couple, along with billionaire investor Warren Buffett, also founded The Giving Pledge, a campaign encouraging wealthy people to give away the bulk of their money.”After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the Microsoft co-founder shared May 3 on Twitter. “Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives.”
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The divorce came as a surprise to many in the tech and giving worlds, where the Gates name is well known. The two won’t just be splitting their vast fortune, last estimated at around $124 billion. The divorce also potentially throws the future of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation into question, despite its roughly $50 billion endowment.Here’s everything we know so far:Melinda and Bill Gates in Washington, DC, in 2002. Bill was Microsoft’s chairman at the time, helping fight an antitrust case that threatened the future of his company.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have been married for 27 yearsThey met at Microsoft, where Bill Gates was a co-founder and CEO and where he made his fortune. Melinda Gates started at Microsoft as a marketing manager for multimedia products, like the Encarta multimedia encyclopedia and the famously failed Microsoft Bob software. She began dating Bill in 1987 and they married in 1994. They have three children and live in a mansion overlooking Lake Washington in the Seattle suburbs.The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation began in 2000, and has since become the world’s largest private charitable organization. Melinda Gates also began Pivotal Ventures, an investment firm outside the foundation, in 2015. It’s focused on supporting women and families in the US.They haven’t shared why they’re divorcingWhen the pair announced their divorce, they said, “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives.” That’s certainly vague. The petition for divorce filed by Melinda Gates, posted by Yahoo Finance, said, “This marriage is irretrievably broken.”Jennifer Gates, the couple’s oldest daughter, shared a statement via Instagram Stories that reads, in part: “It’s been a challenging stretch of time for our whole family. I’m still learning how to best support my own process and emotions as well as family members at this time.”The Wall Street Journal reported May 9 that Melinda Gates had been meeting with lawyers since 2019 as she planned for the divorce. The paper reported that earlier revelations that Bill Gates had spent time with Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex trafficker, were at least partly behind her decision. Apparently, Melinda Gates had worried about Epstein’s relationship with Bill. The New York Times reported in October 2019 that Bill Gates had met with Epstein “many times” since 2011. Bill Gates has denied any business relationship or friendship with Epstein.Bill Gates in 2000, shortly after establishing the foundation.
There was no prenupPerhaps more shocking than the divorce itself was that the billionaire couple didn’t have a prenuptial agreement. By the time they were married in 1994, Gates was already the richest person in the US, with more than $9 billion in assets according to Forbes at the time. Melinda Gates’ divorce petition reportedly said the couple has a “separation contract,” and she’s asked the court “to dissolve our marriage and find that our marital community ended on the date stated in our separation contract.”Money is already movingThe same day the pair announced their divorce, Bill Gates transferred $1.8 billion in stock to Melinda Gates. According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing from May 3, an investment firm controlled by Bill Gates, called Cascade Investment, transferred more than $1.8 billion in stock to Melinda Gates. The transfer includes more than 14 million shares of Canadian National Railway, which are worth around $1.5 billion, and approximately 2.9 million shares of AutoNation, which are worth about $309 million, Bloomberg reported. Bill and Melinda Gates say they’ll still work at the foundationIn their announcement, Bill and Melinda Gates said they “will continue our work together at the foundation.” In a statement, the foundation said the pair will continue to shape the organization’s strategies, champion its causes and set its direction. Bill Gates is 65. Melinda Gates is 56.The pair had been working hard during the pandemicQueen Elizabeth II presented Bill Gates with an honorary knighthood in 2005, but he can’t use the title sir since he’s not a British citizen.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a strong focus on public health, something Melinda Gates discussed in her book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. It’s committed $1.75 billion so far to support the global response to COVID-19, according to a public report on its site. More than $680 million is to help slow transmission and support responses in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.Unfortunately, Bill Gates’ already high profile and the money he’s brought with him to fight COVID-19 have led to a series of bogus conspiracy theories, falsely claiming he’s attempting to use vaccines to control the population. Last year, surveys found that conspiracy theories about Gates were the most widespread about coronavirus in the early months of the pandemic. In a column published March 31, 2020, he criticized then-President Donald Trump’s administration, saying “there’s no question the United States missed the opportunity to get ahead of the novel coronavirus.”
2021 Ford F-150 review: Setting a higher bar – Roadshow
It might not look different than its predecessor, but the F-150 is new and improved where it matters most. Steven Ewing/Roadshow The Ford F-150 is the best-selling pickup in America for a reason: It just works. Whether on the job or at play, the F-150 has long been the reliable stalwart in this segment, even…
It might not look different than its predecessor, but the F-150 is new and improved where it matters most.
The Ford F-150 is the best-selling pickup in America for a reason: It just works. Whether on the job or at play, the F-150 has long been the reliable stalwart in this segment, even in the face of tough competition like the Ram 1500. This year marks the introduction of the 14th-gen F-150, bringing with it some innovative features and new technologies that should keep it at the head of its class for years to come.
LikeLots of work-friendly featuresExcellent cabin techPunchy turbocharged engine
Don’t LikeOccasionally rough ridePoor fuel economyBland interior design
Important new featuresArguably the biggest news this year is the availability of an onboard generator, something that came in handy earlier this year when a good chunk of Texas was without power. My test truck has a 2-kilowatt generator with two 120-volt, 20-amp outlets, which is perfect for tailgating or running smaller tools on a job site. A 2.4-kW generator is standard on F-150 PowerBoost hybrid models, and a larger 7.2-kW generator is optional, with four 120-volt, 20-amp outlets, and one 240-volt, 30-amp plug. Ford says you could set up a mobile welding shop with this much juice.More innovative tricks are found inside the F-150. The gear selector can fold flat into the center console, making way for a fold-down surface that provides 15 inches of flat work space. I love the new Max Recline seats, too — as someone who routinely puts in 12-hour days behind the wheel, being able to lay down at nearly 180 degrees to have a quick snooze is delightful. The reclining seats are super comfortable too, with the cushions rearranging themselves to make a flat surface with no dip between the seat back and bottom cushions.
Lots of configurabilityThe F-150’s shape and size doesn’t really change this year, even though all the sheet metal is new. Drivers will mostly notice the newly designed stacked headlamps bisected by a horizontal line running across the fascia. Those are set off by LED fog lights and daytime running lights. Higher-level trims like the King Ranch pictured here get lots of exterior chrome and include 20-inch polished wheels and metallic trim across the tailgate, proudly proclaiming that you are indeed the king of the ranch. Overall, the F-150 is a nice-looking truck, and a little more buttoned-up and tidy than its predecessor.You really can’t beat the Ford F-150 as far as configurability is concerned. Available with six powertrains, three cab options and three bed lengths, there’s a wealth of customization to be had. And that’s before you dig into the six different trim levels and two- and four-wheel drive options.
The F-150 is available with three cabs and three bed lengths.
Powerful engine optionsRegardless of which options you select, the F-150’s powertrains don’t disappoint. New for this year, Ford offers the PowerBoost hybrid, which we’ve already tested. This time around, I have the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 gas engine, but you can also get the F-150 with a 3.3-liter V6, 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, 5.0-liter V8 and 3.0-liter diesel V6.
The gas-only 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 has 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque which is plenty of power for everyday driving, and the truck has plenty of gutsy midrange punch for highway passing. The 10-speed automatic transmission is a dream, with smooth, imperceptible upshifts and easy downshifts that can jump three or four gears at a time when power is needed.The PowerBoost hybrid adds $2,500 to the F-150’s bottom line, but it’s definitely the engine I’d get, especially when you consider it’s rated to return 24 mph with four-wheel drive. The normal 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is EPA-estimated to return 20 mpg, though during a week of testing, I only saw 17.5 mpg.As for ride quality, well, the F-150 drives like a truck. That is to say it can be a little bouncy and floaty, especially with my tester’s FX4 package with off-road tuned front shocks. It’s par for the course here, but if you want a nice-riding truck, the Ram 1500 with its coil-spring setup or optional air suspension is the one to buy. Nice as the Ford is, Ram’s truck is much more comfortable over the long haul.The Pro Power Onboard generator is one of the F-150’s best features.
Truck stuffThe F-150’s towing and payload specs depend on configuration. A longer-wheelbase truck with rear-wheel drive will tow more than a shorter-wheelbase pickup with four-wheel drive. My truck with the tow package, short bed and four-wheel drive can handle 11,000 pounds, but depending on your spec you can tow anywhere from a paltry 5,000 pounds to a whopping 14,000 pounds. However, if you’re going to tow that much on the regular, it’s usually better to upgrade to a heavy-duty truck which will have the bigger brakes and sturdier frame to make towing 14,000 pounds easier. Sure, the F-150 will do it, but you’ll enjoy the experience more in a bigger truck.As for payload, my tester can handle 2,100 pounds in the bed, but again, you can haul more or less depending on configuration, anywhere from 1,705 pounds to 3,325 pounds. As for the competition, the Ram 1500 can tow a maximum of 11,650 pounds and haul 2,320 pounds in the bed. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can tow 13,300 pounds and carry 2,280 pounds of payload. Ford upped its trailer technology game for 2021, as well. There’s a new reverse guide with five cameras and a little graphic that tells you which way to turn the steering wheel, since that can often be confusing. (Remember, backing up a trailer means turning the wheel to the left to move the trailer to the right.) You can also just use the Pro Trailer Back-Up Assist, where you turn a dial in the direction you want the trailer to go and the truck handles the guesswork for you. The Ram 1500 has a similar feature.However, Chevrolet has cameras available all over the Silverado, including one that allows drivers to sort of see through their trailer and know what’s behind them. There are four available hitch views, six available driving views and five available parking views. If you even get this close to hitting something in the Silverado, you’ll know about it — or at least be able to see if happening.A 12-inch infotainment screen runs Ford’s Sync 4 tech.
Tons of tech and nice cabin amenitiesThe F-150 got a major tech upgrade, including a 12-inch display. Running Ford’s new Sync 4 infotainment system, this infotainment system is faster and more powerful than the outgoing tech and drivers can use a split-screen feature to control multiple functions at the same time. Sync has always been pretty easy to use, and it just gets better with this upgrade. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are here and they’re a breeze to set up.My tester also has a 12-inch digital gauge cluster with some cool graphics and more information than you could ever need. I choose to keep it simple with my speed front and center but I could include drive mode graphics and navigation information, to name a few.Most F-150 trims get Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 2.0 suite of driver’s aids standard, including front and rear emergency braking, lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. My tester goes big with adaptive cruise control, lane centering and a new intersection assist that can mitigate an imminent crash when turning left into oncoming traffic.A fold-down table gives you plenty of room to work — or eat.
Ford is also getting into the hands-free driving game with a late-availability Super Cruise-like system called Active Drive Assist. On certain mapped and divided highways the F-150 will allow drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel, although a driver-facing camera makes sure your eyes remain on the road. Expect it to come to the F-150 later this year through an over-the-air update.The F-150’s cabin gets a nice upgrade, though the Ram 1500 still takes the cake in terms of overall comfort and refinement. Loaded F-150s can be had with open-pore wood, as well as heated, cooled and massaging front seats. There are also plenty of storage places including a center console that can hold Roadshow’s favorite snacks: a six-pack of Diet Dr. Pepper and a Costco-sized box of Cheez-Its with plenty of room left over.The power-deploying running boards and handles on the A-pillars make hauling my butt up into the truck easier, and adjustable pedals help both short and tall people find a good driving position. Having found mine, however, it is a bit difficult to reach the center touchscreen without leaning forward quite a bit. This is a big truck, y’all.America’s best-selling truck keeps going strong.
Something for everyoneThe F-150 range covers a huge swath of prices. A base XL starts at $30,635 (including $1,695 for destination), but a fully loaded Limited can reach above $80,000. Personally, I’d stick with a midrange Lariat. It’s no fancy-pants model, but it’s also much less expensive and still well equipped. I’d add the extra driver’s aids but I would most like skip the package needed for the Active Drive Assist as it ends up adding nearly $7,000 to the bottom line. I’d add the trailer tow package and the hybrid powertrain which gives me the 2.4-kW generator. And of course, the Max Recline seats. I’m all in at $58,8155 including $1,695 for destination. Meanwhile, the King Ranch you see here comes in around $76,000.With new features, lots of powertrains, great tech and tons of capability, the F-150 continues to offer tons of choice for a wide variety of truck customers. All things considered, the F-150 is definitely positioned to keep its best-selling truck crown for years to come.
‘Mama Bear’! Lori Loughlin’s Daughters Mark 1st Mother’s Day Since Prison
Always their No. 1! Lori Loughlin was treated to sweet tributes from her daughters, Olivia Jade and Bella Giannulli, on her first Mother’s Day since being released from federal prison. “You are the best. period. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💗💗💗💗💗💜💜💜💜💜💜,” the YouTuber, 21, gushed via Instagram on Sunday, May 9, alongside a black-and-white throwback photo of her mom, now…
Always their No. 1! Lori Loughlin was treated to sweet tributes from her daughters, Olivia Jade and Bella Giannulli, on her first Mother’s Day since being released from federal prison.
“You are the best. period. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💗💗💗💗💗💜💜💜💜💜💜,” the YouTuber, 21, gushed via Instagram on Sunday, May 9, alongside a black-and-white throwback photo of her mom, now 56, rocking a slip dress. Comments were disabled on the post.
For her part, Bella, 22, shared a collage of mother-daughter pics from her childhood. “Mama bear,” she captioned the post.
Olivia Jade, Lori Loughlin and Bella Giannulli Matt Baron/ShutterstockThe touching messages from Loughlin’s daughters come nearly five months after Us Weekly confirmed the Full House alum was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. Loughlin served nearly two months behind bars for her role in the nationwide college admissions scandal. When the actress returned home, she “had a very emotional reunion” with her children, a source exclusively revealed in December 2020.
Courtesy of Olivia Jade/InstagramMore than one year after their March 2019 arrests, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty to fraud charges in May 2020. The twosome previously maintained their innocence, denying they allegedly paid $500,000 in bribes to ensure their daughters would be accepted into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though they do not play the sport. After accepting the conditions of a judge’s plea deal, the couple were officially sentenced in August 2020.
The When Calls the Heart actress completed her two-month prison sentence early and wrapped up her 100 hours of court-ordered community service earlier this year. She is left with two years of supervised release.
Courtesy of Bella Giannulli/InstagramUs exclusively confirmed in April that Mossimo, 57, was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, California, three weeks ahead of schedule after surrendering to prison in November 2020. Later that month, he completed his required stay in home confinement. He still has 250 hours of community service to log, as well as two years of supervised release.
The duo, who wed in 1997, paid their combined $400,000 in fines last year. A source revealed shortly after their sentencing that the couple didn’t “want to serve their prison sentences at the same time” to ensure that “one parent [would] be free to provide emotional support” to their daughters.
“Lori’s concern all along has been Isabella and Olivia Jade,” the insider added.
Now that Loughlin and her husband are reunited, they’re turning their focus toward their relationship. The pair downsized to a smaller home in the Hidden Hills neighborhood of California and are hoping to start over.
“They can start anew and work on their marriage together as the whole college scandal has taken a toll on both of them, as well as their marriage,” a source exclusively told Us in April.
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