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2012 Volvo S60 Overview (See Available Styles)

The Volvo nameplate has always been synonymous with safety; now with the 2012 Volvo S60 you can add fuel economy, power and reliability to the mix.

2012 brings with it two new trims for the S60: a front-wheel drive T5 version and a T6 R-Design model. Volvo is also offering a Safe+Secure Coverage plan; it features a five-year limited warranty, and five years of wear and tear coverage, scheduled maintenance, and roadside assistance.

On the outside, gone are the boxy designs of old and the S60 moves even further away from that style with its flowing lines and low roofline. It sports a stylish and aggressive stance, especially for a sedan. New 17-inch alloy wheels come standard with 18-inch rims available as an option. Turn signals are also integrated into the outside mirrors for all versions.

There are three engine options available on the 2012 S60. The new T5 comes with a 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder. Returning on the T6 is the 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder, while the R-Design variant gets a more powerful 325-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. All-wheel drive is standard on the T6/T6 R-Design. All trims of the S60 come with a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential sport shift.

Volvo claims fuel economy at the top of its class with the inline five-cylinder, coming in at 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The inline six offers you more power, but the larger engine does take a slight toll when it comes to efficiency, checking in at 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Interiors remain stylish and functional, another Volvo trait. Leather is standard on the T6 line and is an option on the T5. The dash display and layout is simple, functional, and efficient. Controls are easily reached with cruise control and radio controls mounted on the leather steering wheel, which is standard on all trim levels. A driver's power seat comes standard with 3 memory positions and adjustable lumbar support. Also standard in all trim levels are a 60/40 split-fold rear seat, tilt/telescopic steering column, Volvo Sensus with integrated 7” color display, pollen filter, dual-zone climate control, and outside temperature gauge.

All models come standard with Dynamic Stability and Traction Control with Advanced Stability Control and utilize Volvo’s Intelligent Driver Information System. The S60 lineup comes standard with Anti-Submarining Protection, a collapsible steering column, and dual-stage front airbags. There is also a new Pedestrian Protection system and a Whiplash Protection System, also on all models.

Volvo has long been one of the leaders in automotive safety and it continues to innovate and produce some of the safest cars on the road. With the 2012 Volvo S60, feel free to add the word "fun" to the mix as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 18 - 20 MPG
  • Highway: 26 - 30 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

48 of 54 (88%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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