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2012 Volvo S60 T5: Road Trip Fuel Economy

May 21, 2012

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This weekend I drove our 2012 Volvo S60 up to Sacramento and back, about 800 miles. The above photo was taken on the way back to L.A. yesterday when we stopped in Lebec, California, during the eclipse. Really cool effect on the shadows.

I took the 99 N up for the variety in landscape and the occasional third lane but then ran into a lot of construction and traffic. Around Sacramento, the Volvo was the vehicle of choice as I shuttled my parents and brother to dinner and brunch. They really liked all the tech in the car. On the way back, it was 5 South all the way which was pretty much free and clear, til we hit traffic at a standstill on the Grapevine for half an hour.

The EPA combined mpg for the S60 is 23 and even though I never used cruise control during the trip (that adaptive cruise will lull me to sleep) I managed to get an average of 23.8 mpg! Not too bad considering I like exercising the Volvo's 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 18,296 miles

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