2011 Volvo S60

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S60 MSRP: $ 37700.00
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  • Strong and fuel efficient engines
  • Well-balanced ride and handling
  • Intelligent all-wheel drive system
  • Compelling list of safety features
  • Contemporary interior design that is distinctly Volvo
  • Not enough elbow room for back seat passengers
  • Missing paddle-shifters or real manual control
Naughty. This is the word Volvo is using in its ads to describe the S60 line of midsize luxury sedans. Considering that the S60 has been surprising many with its speed and sporty feel, this description might just stick.

The T6 model is particularly impressive with its 3-liter six-cylinder turbocharged engine pumping out 300 horsepower and a maximum torque of 325 pound-feet. An all-wheel drive furnished with a dynamic chassis and performance-tuned suspension for steady control and handling, the T6 is estimated to achieve 0-60 acceleration in 5.9 seconds. The T5, with its 250-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five, manages the distance in 6.8 seconds.

Though not quite as inspiring in the performance department as the T6, the T5 leads in terms of price and fuel economy, with a base price of $30,975 and city/highway MPG rated at 20/30 versus the T6’s $37,700 and 18/26 MPG.

Volvo is not exactly “known for building fun-to-drive vehicles” but the S60 “goes a long way toward bridging the gap between excitement and responsibility,” says MSN Autos. Being a Volvo product, the S60 of course comes with an attractive minimalist interior and a broad array of protective and preventive safety features. It is, however, different from other Volvo cars. “It’s a luxurious, well-balanced sedan and is a superb alternative to the German luxury sedans,” notes Automotive Craze. A reviewer for the New York Times writes that the “fast and stylish, entertaining and composed” S60 has earned for itself a “compliment that’s by no means left-handed: it’s hard to believe this is a Volvo.”

The exciting 2011 S60 lineup is due for an expansion soon with the addition of the R-Design model, which will house a 325-horsepower 6-cylinder turbocharged engine designed to deliver 354 pound-feet of torque. Like the T5 and T6, the R-Design will feature a 6-speed Geartronic transmission with sport mode.

CarReview's opinion of the 2011 Volvo S60

  • Impressive engine and suspension
  • Quiet cockpit
  • Driver comfort and controls
  • Active Cruise Control
  • Lack of keyless entry at this price point
  • Navigation input/lag and interface
  • Rear visibility with tall/thick C-pillar that reach the taillamps
  • Bluetooth setup

Ruling: Volvo finally has figured out how to make a sports car that has plenty of power and hugs the tarmac. We love the new body that jettisons the stodgy and boxy previous shape for a thing of beauty and elegance. You’ll also get Volvo’s phenomenal vehicle coverage: 5-year warranty, 5-year wear and tear coverage (brakes, rotors, and wiper blades), 5-year complimentary maintenance and 5-year roadside assistance PLUS Volvo’s arsenal of safety features and equipment. Their coverage plans add up and effectively lower the cost of ownership for those 5-years. Despite the extra charge for keyless entry, BLIS, and the clunky navigation system, We would definitely buy this car because it is simply fun to drive any day of the week.

Rating 4.25 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.25 4.0 4.33/B+

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