September 20, 2010
Over the weekend I used our XC60 for a family road trip to visit my in-laws. It ended up being about 600 miles total, during which I averaged 22.5 mpg. There weren't any surprises as I appreciated the Volvo's roomy cargo area, the strong turbo inline-6 and attractive interior. The more interesting aspect, however, was the addition of a new Apple iPad.
I bought it for my wife last week as a combined birthday/Christmas gift and she decided to bring it along on the trip. At first I wasn't sure how it would work out; unlike many of my co-workers, I don't consider myself an early adopter, and neither my wife or I own iPhones or other high-end smartphones. But the iPad ended up being a cool addition.
September 08, 2010
The combined EPA estimate for the 2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD is 18 mpg. We're averaging 17.6.
Yesterday morning I filled her up around the corner from our office. Last night when I started her up, it was obvious someone had taken the Volvo to lunch. The seat was moved and there were 5.1 new miles on the odometer. The fuel gauge was already showing some black on the right side.
Shooting for a combined 18? That's not so good. Even our gihugic Ford Flex and our Chevy Camaro SS aim higher.
Of course, our Volvo outweighs the larger Flex by more than 700 pounds.
Perhaps the design of the fuel gauge makes it look worse than it is. In other cars, when you have a needle hovering over a semicircle of lines, it's not so obvious when it drops a line or two. But you'd think the Volvo gauge could hang out in the full area longer than 5 miles.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 21,056 miles
July 12, 2010
After 2,490 miles, 120.9 gallons of fuel, and an average of 21 mpg, the Road Trip is done. That fuel economy is pretty remarkable considering the EPA's Hwy mpg figure is exactly the same at 21 mpg, but we managed it with a few hundred pounds of family and stuff.
Follow the jump to see my final impressions and a few more snap shots from the road.
The best fuel economy we earned was on the 428-mile run (a record number of miles from one tank in the XC60, by the way) from Sunriver, OR to Sacramento, CA where, for reasons I cannot comprehend, we earned 25 mpg. I had hoped the next tank would take me the rest of the way home from Sacramento to Fullerton (the navi said it was just 417 miles--see below), but again, for reasons I cannot surmise, that tank took me just 371 miles to Castaic.
July 06, 2010
Made it! But only after a nauseating, easterly romp from Mendocino on otherwise gorgeous Highway 20. It was a long haul day (about 450 miles), but if you've never seen Crater Lake in Southern Oregon, it truly is a sight to behold.
July 01, 2010
Okay, so this isn't the most entertaining or informative entry for the road trip, but stopping here in Arroyo Grande was just an overnight pitstop and refueling opportunity. We drove 220.4 miles from home and earned 21 mpg--the self-reported average was a little off. Remember we've got about 300 pounds of luggage, two adults, and a child on board. I promise, the forthcoming entries will be far more photogenic because the next stop is Mendocino. Oh, and on the anniversary of Michael Jackson's untimely passing, we spotted him driving an M-B S-Class with all sorts of face-obscuring paraphernalia (click the photo below).