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2013 Volvo S60 Overview
The Volvo S60 is a great all around car and the new 2013 model promises more safety, performance, and luxury than ever.
The S60 is a good looking car, to put it plainly. At first glance, it might seem a little subdued but upon closer inspection it comes alive, with plenty of creases and subtle sculpting that gives it a more aggressive look. The S60 gets standard 17-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, and halogen headlamps. On higher trim levels, the S60 offers 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic Bi-Xenon Headlamps, and sporty body trim pieces on the R-Design trim. The S60 is also available in any one of 11 different colors. That’s nearly twice as many choices as other companies.
Volvo has always shown outstanding build quality, luxury, and practicality when designing their cars’ interiors. The new S60 is no different. The standard seats are power-adjustable and made of “T-Tec,” a neoprene material that is similar to that of a wetsuit and offers great durability (leather upholstery is also available). Also standard are dual-zone automatic climate control, multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming capability, an eight-speaker HD audio system, and iPod compatibility. The options list is rather extensive, as the S60 comes in several trims. A few key options include satellite navigation with voice control, a premium sound system, aluminum sport pedals, heated front and rear seats, and an interior air quality system that filters out noxious gases and contaminants.
Volvos have often had a reputation for being rather bland and boring to drive. To address that, the new 2013 S60 comes with a choice of three engines. The base engine is a 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder with 266 pounds-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and a choice of all-wheel drive or standard front-wheel drive, the base S60 will return 21/30 mpg city/highway, or just slightly less with all-wheel drive. The two upgraded engines are both equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The middle range engine is a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 325 pounds-feet of torque which is good for 18/25 mpg city/highway. Amazingly, the top end engine in the R-Design, a 325-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter I6 with 354 pounds feet of torque, also achieves identical economy ratings to the mid-range engine. Along with a more powerful engine, the R-Design equips the S60 with a tauter chassis setup.
It is no secret that Volvo is a pioneer in the auto safety industry. As such, the new 2013 S60 gets six airbags, traction/stability control, four wheel anti-lock brakes, “WHIPS” anti-whiplash system that cradles the neck and back in a collision, a pre-collision computer that adapts the seatbelts and airbags to the individual crash, and an “Intelligent Driver Info System” that funnels only the most important information to the driver in an emergency situation to avoid unnecessary distraction. The NHTSA awarded the S60 with a perfect five-star safety rating, while the IIHS awarded the S60 with its highest rating, Top Safety Pick+, for its performance in crash tests including the new small overlap frontal crash test.