2012 Volvo S60 T5: Road Trip
August 09, 2011
I programmed the S60's next destination and settled into a day of mindless driving; lots of driving. Click through to see what sort of things I saw along the way and how accurate the onboard fuel economy calculator is. Also, there's a sneak peak at what awaited me 405 miles to the North.
As I approached our parking garage's wooden arm, the S60 nailed the brakes and threw up an array of flashing red lights on the windshield. Yes, thank you City Safety, but I wasn't even even close.
After getting out of town, I really settled into what amounted to most of my day: about 300 miles looks the same as this snap shot of mind-numbing arrow-straight Interstate 5. I found Sirius radio has a "Book" channel, but I didn't like the book. Back to News.
Luckily, there's an oasis about half way, The Harris Ranch restaurant -- pricy, but better than fast food and cleaner too.
After lunch, a quick check on my progress... Yup, almost exactly half way.
and who else likes to stop at Harris Ranch? Time to hit the road!
Here are some more snap shots from along the way... cows, windmills, a road sign, and finally, my freeway exit:
Almost exactly 7 hours later, I found Kelly's Fuel in Yountville, CA and recorded the fill-up: 404.1 miles and 15.77 gallons of (premium) fuel calculates to 25.6 miles per gallon -- not quite the 28.7 the car reported.
So what did I learn? The S60 T5 is a fine road trip companion. The seat is plenty comfy for at least 3-4 hours, the tank will take you at least twice that far (even if your bladder won't), and I really appreciated the adaptive cruise control when the left-lane dawdlers didn't move to the right when I came up behind them. It's nice to leave the cruise control on, follow at what Volvo has programmed as a safe distance, then resume the set "target" speed once the car (finally) moves aside. There's no need to hit "resume." I also noticed that even if somebody dove in front of the S60 (so long as that car was accelerating), the S60 didn't dynamite the brakes to open up the safe-distance following.
Okay, so here's your hint for the reason I would drive our long-term S60 T5 404 miles up I-5...
Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 3,354 miles