2015 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test - New Updates

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2015 Volvo S60: 20,000-Mile Sendoff for the Swede

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 24, 2016

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Our time with our 2015 Volvo S60 is up. It's been a year and the S60 has left our long-term parking garage. We'll have a final wrap-up article soon, but overall I think our S60 was an enjoyable addition.

Before it left, I noticed the S60's odometer was approaching 20,000 mile, our typical minimum goal for a long-term vehicle. My colleague Mike Schmidt suggested I give our S60 a final send-off by driving it to Kingsburg, also known as Central California's Swedish Village. I'd never been there, so it seemed fitting. Plus, it'd be an excuse to listen to some ABBA on the Harman/Kardon sound system.

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2015 Volvo S60: Fuel Economy Update for January - Home Stretch Boosts Final Lifetime Average

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on February 22, 2016

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Our 2015 Volvo S60 left the fleet just a few days ago. We hit our target of 20,000 miles, but in its last month in our garage, the S60 didn't see much action, just a lot of commuter miles. Brent did, however, take it out for a final little adventure, which you'll read about later.

We'll miss the S60's very excellent sound system, but we bemoaned that it just never quite measured up to the high standards set by its European compact luxury rivals. And while we remained impressed with its engine, we found its method of checking the oil a bit cryptic.

In January and the first two weeks of February, we added nearly 3,400 miles.

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2015 Volvo S60: What's New for 2016

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on February 19, 2016

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If you've been reading the long-term test of our 2015 Volvo S60 and have decided to buy one for yourself, you've got a choice to make. You could walk into a dealership and possibly get a smoking deal on remaining inventory of 2015 models, or you could purchase a newer-than-new 2016 version. Sometimes waiting a year can make all the difference and sometimes there's no variation at all.

In a nutshell, the biggest changes for the 2016 Volvo S60 are the additions of the Inscription and Cross Country models and the T6 R-Design AWD's new engine.

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2015 Volvo S60: Not the Slickest Oil Check

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 16, 2016

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The long-term test of our 2015 Volvo S60 is nearing its end. Service intervals are every 10,000 miles and, as we haven't quite cleared 20,000 miles yet, we're unlikely to take it in for its next service. I was curious what the engine oil level has been during 10,000 miles of driving though, so I went to take a look.

Cue minor frustration with electronic engine oil monitor.

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2015 Volvo S60: Sun Visors Don't Extend

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 9, 2016

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Occasionally, we'll have a long-term test vehicle that lacks sliding/extendable sun visors that provide full side window coverage. Complaining about it can perhaps come off as nitpicking. But if this were my 2015 Volvo S60, I'd still be irked that I couldn't extend the visor.

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2015 Volvo S60: Almost Makes the Grade

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on February 5, 2016

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We didn't add the 2015 Volvo S60 to our fleet just to compare it to a BMW 3-Series.

Boring. Cliché. Overcooked. Been there, done it.

Instead we were more interested in its new four-cylinder engine that incorporates a supercharger and turbocharger and promises the best of both worlds: low-end bursts of power from the former, boosts of highway-passing speed from the latter, and hopefully pretty good fuel economy from both.

I'm still going to compare it to the 3-Series.

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2015 Volvo S60: Wiper Sprayers Need Adjustment

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on February 2, 2016

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The windshield wiper sprayers on our 2015 Volvo S60 need to relax. They squirt in such a tight, concentrated stream that the glass hardly gets wet before the wipers swing in to whisk it away. I find myself holding the trigger longer than I would for a misty-style nozzle to reach the same level of saturation. And I have a feeling I am not alone with this technique.

Maybe that is why this warning greeted me when I climbed into the car yesterday:

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2015 Volvo S60: Engine Still Impresses

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on January 27, 2016

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Way back in the early days of our long-term test of this 2015 Volvo S60, I heaped praise on the four-cylinder engine for its smooth, quiet power. I was a little shocked by its level of refinement and performance. I half-expected it to become louder, rougher and less energetic once the miles piled up, but that hasn't happened.

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2015 Volvo S60: Top-of-Class Audio System

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on January 25, 2016

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Our 2015 Volvo S60 has a really nice Harman Kardon audio system.

"Fine, fine," I hear you say. "Define nice."

OK then, but all you get is my subjective opinion as a music nerd, a musician, and my experience in a past life writing about car audio geeking. If we wanted to, we could debate the output and frequency response specs of the S60's H/K system. Borrow someone's RTA to see the cabin's tuning curve.

But really, what does that all matter? We've noted before that cars are terrible listening environments. That hasn't changed. A confined space of plastic, glass and metal reflective surfaces is no place for good ears to hang out, even when idle, and it's a testament to the aftermarket and OEM installers, manufacturers, and audio engineers when they can pull off something that sounds almost like your living room.

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2015 Volvo S60: Fuel Economy Update for December - A Twincharged Increase

by Matt Jones, Senior Editor on January 7, 2016

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We added 1,784 miles to our 2015 Volvo S60 in December, and the miles helped move the needle ever so slightly upward on our cumulative gas mileage. We now have a 23.1 lifetime average, up from 23 even.  

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2015 Volvo S60: Trying to Match EPA City Rating With Eco+ Mode

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on December 28, 2015

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The main takeaway from our monthly fuel economy reports on our 2015 Volvo S60 has been that we've largely been unable to match the EPA's estimates for fuel economy, even if relative fuel economy for a 302-hp sedan is still respectable. A while back I made a specific attempt to see how close I could get to the EPA's highway estimate.

For this update, I wanted to see how close I could get to EPA city.

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2015 Volvo S60: Observations From a First-Timer

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on December 22, 2015

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I'm not sure how I've managed to avoid our 2015 Volvo S60 for so long. It's a nice car — something I only discovered recently on my first trip home in the sedan. Following are a few thoughts after spending some time behind the wheel.

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2015 Volvo S60: Stop-Start Won't Go

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on December 16, 2015

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Most of my daily driving is done in stop-and-go traffic, whether on the freeway during rush hour, or neighborhood streets driving kids on a 12-mile round-trip to and from school. Those sound like the ideal conditions to benefit from the 2015 Volvo S60's fuel-saving stop-start system, but that's exactly when I turn it off.

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2015 Volvo S60: Adaptive Cruise Control, The Savior of Sanity

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 15, 2015

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Once or twice a week, I wind up commuting through Los Angeles's infamous rush hour traffic. I cover 45 miles in about two hours, staring at a sea of red brake lights and losing part of my soul in the process. That is, unless I'm in our 2015 Volvo S60.

Like many new cars, our S60 has adaptive cruise control. But unlike many new cars, Volvo's system works extremely well.

The plus and minus buttons adjust the target speed, while the buttons with the arrows on them set the follow distance. Once you get it going, the S60 smartly maintains speed and distance. When the car in front stops, so does the S60. When it's time to move again, the S60 gets back up to speed. No gas or brake pedal use required.

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2015 Volvo S60: Quick, Painless 10,000-Mile Service

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on December 8, 2015

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Shortly before we hit the 10,000-mile mark in our long-term 2015 Volvo S60, a notification popped up on the infotainment system informing us that service was due. The S60 offered to search for the nearest Volvo dealer, but that wasn't necessary. We know there's a dealer mere blocks from our Santa Monica office.

Rather that scheduling an appointment, News Editor Kelly Hellwig dropped the car off at Volvo of Santa Monica's service department on her way into the office on a Monday morning. I arrived about 10 minutes after her and the car was still not checked in.

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2015 Volvo S60: Fuel Economy Update for November: Average Fuel Economy Barely Budges

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on December 4, 2015

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After a car has been in our fleet for a few months, its average fuel economy more or less levels off and stays consistent throughout the rest of its stay. Case in point: the 2015 Volvo S60. Even though we averaged 24.2 mpg over 1,381 miles in November, the S60's overall fuel economy increased by just a tick, from 22.9 mpg to 23.0 mpg.

That's about what the average has been since the end of April. The best fill for the month was 28.8 mpg over 425 miles, set by Messrs. Romans and Schmidt.

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2015 Volvo S60: 15,000 Miles, Trouble-Free

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on November 27, 2015

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As the odometer digitally "clicked" past the 15,000-mile mark, I realized our 2015 Volvo S60 test car is now in the final quarter of its year-long test.

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2015 Volvo S60: Twin-Charging That Just Works

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on November 20, 2015

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Computer graphics in film work best when you don't see it. Mad Max: Fury Road used tons of CG, but it wasn't obvious. The effects improved scenes in ways you didn't notice while sitting in the theater watching a rad movie. The engine in our 2015 Volvo S60 is less rad, but similar. It is remarkably complex, but this complexity is invisible to its driver.

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is twin-charged, meaning it uses both a turbocharger and a supercharger. This has always been an interesting concept, but much like how Rube Goldberg machines are interesting. A few rally cars famously employed the concept in the 80's, though it's been uncommon in production cars.

What's the concept? Let's back up a bit.

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2015 Volvo S60: Finding the Meaning of the Power Meter

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on November 18, 2015

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What does this gauge mean? I spent the weekend in our 2015 Volvo S60 trying to figure that out. It says "Power" — which I take to mean a good thing — but it offers no other identifying information. No other text or numbers.

There are just two elements: A yellow line on the left and the yellow arrow on the right. Oh, and they move. The non-descriptive nature reminds me of the boost gauges you'd see in old Saabs. They didn't show psi in numbers; the needle simply went from white to red.

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2015 Volvo S60: Sensus Interface Satisfies

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 11, 2015

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I've been driving our 2015 Volvo S60 quite a bit recently, which has given me plenty of time to play around with its "Sensus" tech interface. We've written a few prior updates about some of its features, but here's a more general opinion about how well it works for controlling the car's entertainment and operation features.

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2015 Volvo S60: Fuel Economy Update for October: Overall MPG Picks Up

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 5, 2015

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The headlines in our 2015 Volvo S60's mpg category are dreary.

"Combined MPG Falls Short of Even the City Rating."

"Still Far Below EPA."

"Lifetime Average Falls Again."

Reading them is like reading the continually downward, depressing trend of 2015 Yahoo stock price reports. But hey, sometimes you drop so low there's nowhere to go but up, right? In fact, our S60 did post better numbers from last month.

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2015 Volvo S60: Interior Storage Report

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 3, 2015

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Besides testing out some divided opinions on my recent family road trip, I also had the opportunity to find out how well our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 could handle the various drinks, snacks and personal items that are part of such trips. An exhaustive report equal in size and importance to the Warren Commission's follows.

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2015 Volvo S60: Exploring Divided Opinion in 700 Miles

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 29, 2015

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After reading Scott Oldham's recent regret update about taking our 2015 Volvo S60 on a road trip to northern California, I began to have my doubts. Maybe it wasn't a good idea to head out with my wife and two small children on a 700-mile road trip to visit my in-laws over a weekend.

But I was already booked for the car and figured, if nothing else, the drive would give me an opportunity to expand on our previous updates.

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2015 Volvo S60: Road Trip Regret

by Scott Oldham, Editor-in-Chief on October 22, 2015

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Recently one of our editors drove our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 round-trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and upon his return wrote that "the S60, outfitted as ours is (fully loaded, of course), is a wonderful car for a long-distance drive. We've got a number of long-term posts attesting to this, so I won't go on except to say, again, that this is a great road car. The sport seats are also superb."

Having read that, I jumped at the chance to road-trip the S60.

I won't be doing that again. The Volvo and I just didn't get along.

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2015 Volvo S60: Fuel Economy Update for September - Lifetime Average Falls Again

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on October 19, 2015

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September proved to be a little more exciting than August for our long-term 2015 Volvo S60. We traveled 2,031 miles in September, yet despite a couple of highway-heavy road trips, our lifetime average dipped to 22.4 MPG, down from 23.1 MPG.

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2015 Volvo S60: Suburban Defense Vehicle

by Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor on October 14, 2015

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My spouse turned up his nose at a ride in 2015 Volvo S60 on Saturday.

"It's a mom car, isn't it?"

You say mom car, I say suburban defense vehicle. The burbs seem benign, but little dangers lurk for drivers and cars. In addition to the peace of mind that came from knowing that the Volvo had a thorough safety system covering me, here are a couple features that stood out for me in neighborhood errands recently.

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2015 Volvo S60: Best Steering Wheel Controls in the Fleet

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on October 9, 2015

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A weekend in the 2015 Volvo S60 has convinced me that it has the best steering wheel controls in our fleet. The S60 steering wheel incorporates buttons that control only the most commonly used features. That may seem obvious or redundant to say, but many automakers can't pull off this simple design.

Let's look at the buttons that the S60's wheels has and how the controls differ from other manufacturers.

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2015 Volvo S60: I'd Leave Off the Auto-Braking

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on October 6, 2015

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As I pulled up to the exit of the Edmunds parking garage in our long-term 2015 Volvo S60, I rolled down the window and extended my arm, parking pass in hand.

I intended on pulling all the way up to the exit arm, waving my parking pass at the high-mounted sensor, and exiting the garage in the sort of graceful fashion that befits an Edmunds automotive editor. The Volvo had other plans.

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2015 Volvo S60: Auto Start/Stop Slow to Reignite Engine

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on September 30, 2015

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I'm ok with the fuel-saving auto start/stop in vehicles as long as they don't impede the driver's commands. Unfortunately, our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 is prone to big stumbles and delayed reactions.

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2015 Volvo S60: Those Little Things That It Do - And Don't

by John O'Dell, Senior Editor on September 25, 2015

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Volvo makes pretty good cars. So it's the little things that start to matter. I collected a few on a recent trip to Las Vegas in our 2015 Volvo S60 to cover the unveiling of the 2016 Toyota Prius.

1: The A/C works really well. That may not sound like much, as most modern cars have air conditioners that function well. But when it's 108 outside, the system's ability to maintain a nice, even 69 degrees inside is something you notice

2: The Volvo S60 is a lot prettier than the new Prius, IMO.

3: The S60, outfitted as ours is (fully loaded, of course), is a wonderful car for a long-distance drive. We've got a number of long-term posts attesting to this, so I won't go on except to say, again, that this is a great road car. The sport seats are also superb.

4: The lane keeping assist system is helpful, but can toss you an unwelcome surprise now and then.

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2015 Volvo S60: Fuel Economy Update for August - Combined MPG Falls Short of Even the City Rating

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on September 22, 2015

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August wasn't a particularly exciting month for our 2015 Volvo S60. We drove it 787.4 miles and, by looking at the numbers, those miles weren't fuel-economy runs.

The EPA rates the S60 with its unique multi-charged engine at 28 mpg combined (24 city/35 highway), to see our August and overall results, click....

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2015 Volvo S60: Nicks-n-Cuts on the Center Console

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on September 16, 2015

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I like to think we're mostly respectable people here at Edmunds. The editorial staff is used to driving test cars, we respect all of our vehicles, and do our best to keep them up to snuff.

That's why I was disappointed when I noticed a few deep nicks in the center console of our 2015 Volvo S60.

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2015 Volvo S60: Love Those Big, Modern Wheels

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on September 9, 2015

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I know a thing or two about Volvos, as I happen to own one. No, I don't own a current-gen car like our 2015 Volvo S60. Instead I have a "classic" 1998 V70 GLT hidden in my garage. With just 57K miles on the odometer, my wagon is patiently waiting for my 15-year-old daughter to get her driver's license.

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2015 Volvo S60: Hey, Don't Hit the Road

by Erin Riches, Deputy Editor on September 4, 2015

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My house has a moderately steep driveway. It's steep enough that I have to angle the front wheels of most cars when pulling out or backing in (and I'm not sure if I ever had a perfectly clean exit in our SLP Panther Camaro).

It's also steep enough to trigger the front parking sensors every single time I pull out in our long-term 2015 Volvo S60. After closer inspection of the front bumper, I think this has more to do with the location of the four sensors than any oversensitivity.

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2015 Volvo S60: Overly Sensitive, Questionably Helpful Distance Alert

by James Riswick, Automotive Editor on August 31, 2015

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Among the suite of advanced safety technologies in the 2015 Volvo S60 is a Distance Alert. Using the same sensors and orange flashy warning bar employed for the forward collision warning, Distance Alert warns you when it feels you're too close to the car ahead. Well, in Los Angeles traffic, that orange flashy warning bar is pretty much going to be illuminated 97.9 percent of the time.

Take a look at the photo. I'm not exactly glued to the Benz's bumper. And yet Grandma Volvo feels I'm too close.

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2015 Volvo S60: Never Have to Apologize for the Ride Quality

by Erin Riches, Deputy Editor on August 27, 2015

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If I was about to buy an entry-level luxury sedan, I'd be wary of getting one with 18-inch wheels and tires. I generally like the way our long-term Audi A3 rides on its 18s, for example, but could I deal with its occasional semi-harsh impacts over neglected surface streets day in and day out? I'm not sure I'm tough enough anymore.

Since our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 is a Drive-E T6 model, it has 18-inch wheels and 235/40R18 95H tires (Continental ContiProContact in our case) as standard. And I have no problem with them.

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2015 Volvo S60: A Smart and Safe Helicopter Car

August 25, 2015

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As a recovering helicopter parent, I recognize hovering. I spent years hovering over my kid. And I tell you what, our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 does its fair share of hovering, too. In the Volvo's case, that's not a bad thing.  

Our S60 T6  Drive-E is equipped with a slew of features intended to make driving easier (rear view back-up camera, adaptive cruise), safer, (blind spot information system, collision warning with auto-braking), and easier to park (retractable side view mirrors, rear view back-up camera). Its convenience features — 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, heated seats and steering wheel — make ownership more enjoyable.

Hover, hover, hover.

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2015 Volvo S60: No Longer Under the Radar

August 24, 2015

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I had a weekend road trip planned and had my eyes on our long-term Sonata. That didn't pan out, and neither did the road trip unfortunately, but in lieu of the Sonata, fleetmaster Mike suggested the 2015 Volvo S60  instead.

Thank goodness he had. I'd been missing out.

I hadn't spent much time in the S60. Our long-term Volvo has never really been on my radar and up until I grabbed its keys this time, I'd only been in it once — and that was just because Cameron Rogers made me sit in it to show off how comfy the seats are. 

Blame it on my past life as a car salesman.

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2015 Volvo S60: Daddy, Your Car is Broken

August 20, 2015

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At two hours, my commute home was yesterday extraordinarily long. What I really needed was to pull our 2015 Volvo S60 into the driveway and decompress a bit. What greeted me at my sanctuary instead was a four-year-old staring, pointing, and asking "Daddy, what is that thing sticking out of the bottom of your car?"

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2015 Volvo S60: Fuel Economy Update for July - Small Dip in Lifetime MPG

August 18, 2015

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Our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 continues to stay close to its 24-mpg EPA city fuel economy rating. In July, the S60 traveled 1,331 miles and consumed 66.4 gallons of gas, meaning 20.1 mpg. This brought its lifetime average to 23.6 mpg, down a negligible 0.1 mpg versus last month.

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2015 Volvo S60: Good Sound System Options, Just Average Quality

August 13, 2015

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While I'm not an expert and wouldn't classify myself as an audiophile, I have an appreciation for sound quality and enjoy exploring the options of different stereos. The good news is that our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 Volvo S60 has quite a few options.

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2015 Volvo S60: Let's Internet Like It's 2008

August 11, 2015

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The infotainment system in our 2015 Volvo S60 goes deep with options. I spent a good amount of time digging through each one, and then I stumbled on something I didn't expect: A Web browser.

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2015 Volvo S60: All the Power It Needs

August 6, 2015

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Many luxury buyers scoff at the notion of a four-cylinder under the hood. It sounds low-budget, both literally and figuratively. This 2015 Volvo S60 will make people think twice about that preconceived notion. It may only have a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, but it sure doesn't feel like it from the driver's seat.

Thanks to a little help from both a supercharger and a turbocharger, our S60 feels as quick as any six-cylinder in the segment. And it has the numbers to prove it.

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2015 Volvo S60: A Few Too Many Buttons

July 31, 2015

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Although I agree with most of the other editors on staff that the interior of our 2015 Volvo S60 is elegant and functional, the cluster of buttons you see here is not its best design feature.

Too many buttons that look too alike is the short version of my complaint. Even after driving it for a while, I'm still not used to where everything is at first glance.

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2015 Volvo S60: Seats Feel Comfortable to Me

July 17, 2015

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Why have the seats in our 2015 Volvo S60 received such mixed reviews? I have no idea. After driving the S60 again last night, I found no problems with the comfort of the driver's seat.

They have plenty of adjustments to fit my 6-foot 2-inch frame comfortably and the bolsters aren't overly intrusive. There's been considerable talk about the height of the seat, but that didn't bother me either. Throughout a two-hour slog through afternoon traffic, I never felt the need to shift around to remain comfortable, which is rare.

Then there are the headrests.

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2015 Volvo S60: New Best MPG, But Average Still Far Below EPA

July 14, 2015

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The miles aren't piling up as quickly as we figured. Our crack driver squad added 1,212 miles to our 2015 Volvo S60 this month, bringing the grand total up to 6,692 miles. But we'll need to average more 1,800 per month from here on out if we're to reach our 20,000-mile goal. Good thing summer road trip season is just around the corner.

Much of our driving has been local. Sure, we've taken it on a couple road trips, but mainly north on Interstate 5, a visually uninteresting and maddeningly competitive stretch of freeway where the prevailing flow of traffic will bowl you over if you don't keep up. This route is not conducive to kicking back and letting the scenery glide past while your car sips fuel, even if that's your style.

Perhaps that's why the Volvo's average fuel economy continues to lag behind its EPA combined rating. The feds say it should be hovering around 28 mpg, but our Volvo's lifetime average is just 23.7 mpg with June factored in. This barely matches its EPA city rating.

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2015 Volvo S60: The Nosy Passenger Speedometer

July 10, 2015

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I've never understood why Garmin-sourced navigation systems display vehicle speed within the map. Is this in case your speedometer isn't working? Is it for your nosy or nagging front passenger to easily keep an eye on your speed?

"Lester! You're going 8 over the speed limit! Stop driving like a maniac! Watch out for that pickup over there! And Lester, when are we going to visit my mother?"

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2015 Volvo S60: Do Canadians (and Minnesotans) Really Appreciate This?

July 9, 2015

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It was obvious as soon as I sat behind the wheel. Our 2015 Volvo S60 was anxious to tell me that it needed windshield washer fluid. Its prominent warning message even included a helpful underhood diagram to show me where to put it.

So I drove to my local filling station and bought a gallon jug of the stuff. At this point, I started having flashbacks.

The voices of Canadian product quality engineers began to ricochet around my skull. They dated back to the mid-1990s when I was working as a vehicle development engineer for the Toyota Technical Center.

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2015 Volvo S60: Sextuple Washer Jets

July 2, 2015

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That's a lot of tuples. I didn't expect to get fired on from six different angles when I sprayed our 2015 Volvo S60's windshield for the first time. I was so fascinated by the barrage that I let it flow for like 20 seconds (two videos' worth), so if any subsequent drivers were wondering about the residue on the Volvo's roof, well, now you know.

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2015 Volvo S60: The Windshield Squiggles

June 30, 2015

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As noted in the intro, we checked the box for the $1,550 Climate package on our long-term 2015 Volvo S60. The package includes heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, heated washer nozzles, an active cabin filter that Volvo calls IAQS (Interior Air Quality System) and...drumroll...a heated windshield.

That last item is why our S60 simulates the experience of having a lot of long squiggly floaters. From the driver seat, the windshield's embedded heating elements are everywhere you look. It's annoying at best, and I can see how it could be distracting, too, since it puts an extra layer of visual data between your eyes and what they're supposed to be looking at.

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2015 Volvo S60: Going for 35 MPG Gold

June 25, 2015

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For our most recent fuel economy update on our 2015 Volvo S60, I wrote that we had yet to get more than 30 mpg on any of our fill ups so far. At the time, I wanted to know if we could do better. So I set out in our S60 for an approximately 230-mile highway drive to see how close I could get to the EPA's 35-mpg highway estimate.

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2015 Volvo S60: Sleepy Style, Luxury Appeal

June 18, 2015

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Recently, I was talking with a fellow parent after dropping my kids off at school. "What are you driving?" he asked. "A Volvo S60," I replied. He paused for a moment, brow slightly furled. Presumably, he had to mentally call up what an S60 was. And I don't think he knew much.

"Huh. What do you think of it?" he finally asked.

"It's pretty nice," I replied. "It's got a lot of what people shopping for a car like this will want." But as we were standing there looking at the car, I added, "It just doesn't stand out all that much."

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2015 Volvo S60: Smaller Than Others, Roomy Enough for Most Adults

June 15, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

Compared to other entry-level luxury sedans, the 2015 Volvo S60 doesn't have the biggest back seat. A BMW 3 Series, for instance, gives you a couple more inches of legroom and a Lexus ES 350 is palatial in comparison. But unless you plan to use your S60 as an Uber car, I suspect this smaller-than-average backseat will still be effective enough.

I've sat in the back of our S60 with the driver seat positioned for me. I'm 5'10" and there's enough legroom and headroom to keep me comfortable. There's always going to be some variation based on how the front seat is positioned and your relative body proportions, but I'll say that adults shorter than 6 feet won't complain at all.

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2015 Volvo S60: Mixed Feelings on Driver Assist Features

June 10, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

There's the argument that if you position your vehicle's mirrors properly, you don't need a blind-spot monitoring system. But a lot of drivers don't set their mirrors to provide the right fields of view, which is why these systems can be useful. And as blind-spot monitoring systems go, I happen to like the one on our 2015 Volvo S60.

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2015 Volvo S60: Fuel Economy Update for May - Best Tank Yet, But Still Can't Crack 30 MPG

June 3, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

In May, we achieved the best fuel economy of our 2015 Volvo S60 long-term road test so far. About midway through the month, we filled up after 316 miles of driving and recorded 28.9 mpg. That's our best tank yet, so some mild golf clapping is in order. But we're still not seeing what the EPA says we should.

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2015 Volvo S60: Safely Hauls Home The Bacon

May 28, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

I often do the grocery shopping for my family. I realize this is mundane personal trivia, similar to revealing that I also wear a giant banana costume and dance around to Metallica when no one is home, but it provides an opportunity to learn how our long-term cars handle this common task (the grocery-hauling that is, not the fruit-shaking to "Harvester of Sorrow").

I've found that our 2015 Volvo S60 stands out as one of the better ones.

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2015 Volvo S60: Double The Boost, Double the Trouble?

May 27, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

Turbocharged and supercharged. It still sounds a little ridiculous, like some sort of powertrain combo your little brother cooked up in Gran Turismo for his fully-modded 600-horsepower Toyota MR2. But a real world car? A front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder Volvo no less? No way.

Yet here we are in our 2015 Volvo S60 T6, a car that doubles down on boost like a card shark in Vegas with an 11 at the blackjack table.

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2015 Volvo S60: That Familiar Swedish Competence

May 26, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

I grabbed the keys to our 2015 Volvo S60 recently and one of the first questions that popped in my head was: Didn't we just have an S60 in our fleet? The exact details were fuzzy, but when I checked, sure enough there it was: our 2012 S60, a T5 model highlighted by its spiced pumpkin latte-hued color.

Both our 2015 car and the older 2012 are of the same generation, but the new T6's main differentiating quality is its 302-horsepower four-cylinder engine. To the mainstream, it's a small difference, but to Volvo the turbo-four represents its future, as the engine will proliferate across the automaker's lineup.

My lack of immediate recall on the old car also speaks to an inherent quality of the S60. This is not a shock-and-awe sedan that addles your memory synapses. Instead, it just stays in the background to deliver a balanced luxury sedan experience.

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2015 Volvo S60: 5,000 Miles of Praise, A Few Peeves

May 21, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

Our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 just cleared 5,000 miles. We normally try to capture the moment when the odometer clicks over, but the jet-lagged editor who took this photo didn't notice the five-grand mark until his personal fog had cleared 100 miles later.  

Taking a look back at our Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E, so far there have been zero mechanical failures and zero reasons to visit the dealer. For the most part, this Swedish sedan has been easy to live with, praised for its powerful engine, good handling-to-ride compromise, classy interior and comfy front seats. It should be noted the S60 has also been panned for its seats, but Mike Magrath is an "outlier," as we say. I don't want to imply his opinion doesn't count, but...

Truth is, we don't love everything about Volvo's new supercharged/turbocharged four-door. In fact...

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2015 Volvo S60: Taming the Hills of San Francisco

May 8, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

In Los Angeles, we don't really get to try out features like hill-start assist. But when I drove our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 around San Francisco recently, I tested that feature like crazy. It was a godsend there, especially considering that my best friend who I visited lives on that insanely steep hill in the photo.

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2015 Volvo S60: Interior Elegance Makes Up For Performance Gap

April 29, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

Our 2015 Volvo S60 really wants to you to think of it as the Scandanavian alternative to the 3 Series or A4. It's trying very hard. In testing, we've found it has pretty neutral handling and balanced grip for a sporty front-wheel-drive sedan. It even sends enough power to the front tires to induce a little playful wheelspin if you jump on the gas from a standstill.

But power delivery isn't all that linear or smooth, and that's maybe no surprise given the four-cylinder engine's complicated twin-charged (turbocharged and supercharged) design (but still leaps better than old Volvo turbos, we say). That playful wheelspin all too easily turns into torque-steer, with the front end pulling hard to one side and forcing a firm steering correction. Nor are the brakes quite up to benchmark standards for sport sedans.

Ultimately the S60 has its work cut out to convince us that it's able to hang with the established rivals, at least in its performance.

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2015 Volvo S60: In-Car Tour Guide by WikiLocations

April 23, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

Traffic is just a way of life in Los Angeles. Sure, it can be inconvenient or maddening sometimes, but that's the price of living in a place where a lot of people want to live. I have several ways of coping with it, one of which is to see what sorts of extra features a car might have. One night, I was barely moving down Santa Monica Boulevard when I found our Volvo S60's in-car apps.

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2015 Volvo S60: Light Steering Effort Benefits Broken Old Man

April 22, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

With fractured fingers and shoulder earned from crashing my motorcycle on a track day, I needed a car that required minimal effort. Remembering that our previous long-term S60 had adjustable steering effort, I signed out our new 2015 Volvo S60.

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2015 Volvo S60: Seats Don't Fit Me

April 17, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

There's no more difficult part of a car to evaluate than the seats. For example, Cameron's frame fits nicely in the sport seats of our 2015 Volvo S60 while I would rather sit on the floor.

Okay, that's a little extreme, but I do have some serious issues with the seats that keep me from driving it more often than not.

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2015 Volvo S60: Fuel Economy Update for March

April 16, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

The 2015 Volvo S60 barely sat still in its first full month with us. Overall economy increased from 22.2 to 23 mpg, slightly less than the EPA city rating of 24 mpg. New best and worst tanks were also set. That guy averaged 17.4 mpg on the low end and Ron achieved 27.8 mpg on his trip to San Jose.

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2015 Volvo S60: Reconfigurable Instrument Panel

April 14, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

I remember a Volvo official from Sweden making a big fuss over the new instrument panel in the 2015 Volvo S60 at the launch event in Spain. It was understandable. Previously, the S60 had pretty conventional looking (but attractive) gauges with equal-size dials for the speedometer and tachometer. As is fashionable these days, the new gauges are reconfigurable.

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2015 Volvo S60: Why I Might Not Share It

April 13, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

After a week with our long-term 2015 Volvo S60, I believe it may be my new pet car in the long-term road test fleet, i.e., the one I'll be loath to share with my colleagues. It's a superb car for commuting and not just because of its fantastic driver seat.

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2015 Volvo S60: Rear-Facing Convertible Car Seat Installed; Some Pros, Some Cons

April 8, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

You expect a rear-facing convertible car seat to be easy to install in a car like the 2015 Volvo S60, right?

And sure enough, it took me very little time and minimal brainpower to get my child's oversize seat nice and snug using the LATCH anchors in the passenger-side rear position. The rolled-up towel helped me achieve the desired seat-back angle while compressing the seat during the installation, but otherwise, there's nothing difficult about it.

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2015 Volvo S60: Auto Braking by City Safety

March 31, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

Caroline and I were driving into our office complex after a lovely lunch when we were met with a rather abrupt surprise.

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2015 Volvo S60: Road Trip to San Jose

March 30, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

I attended the 2015 Nv idia GPU Tech Conference in San Jose, CA recently. This conference is further proof that cars are no longer mechanical devices and are instead becoming advanced computers on wheels.

I took the long-term 2015 Volvo S60 because it was quiet, comfortable and had plenty of power for highway passing. Here are a few impressions, my road trip fuel economy and a slight issue that happened on the way back.

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2015 Volvo S60: Active Headlamps

March 27, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

Our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 test car has optional bi-xenon active headlamps. It's not earth shattering technology. Even the famed Tucker "Torpedo" had at least one headlamp that followed the direction of the steering wheel back when the earth was still cooling.

But what's nice about our Volvo is that owners may choose to disable this functionality, as well as others, on this screen. Although we can't think of a reason we'd like to de-select this light show, so click through to see video of exactly how active these Volvo active headlamps truly are.

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2015 Volvo S60: Performance Tested

March 26, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

The most significant feature on our 2015 Volvo S60 is its new powertrain. Its eight-speed transmission is new as is its 2.0-liter inline-4. The new engine is both supercharged and turbocharged which, on paper, promises a wide torque band to maximize the S60's 302-horsepower. Our track day put the forced-induction duo to the test.

The owners' manual didn't specify an engine break-in period so we followed our internal guidelines, driving carefully for the first 1,000 miles. Once we broke through our self-imposed barrier, it was time to go to the test track.

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2015 Volvo S60: Five-Star Safety Rating

March 25, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

Crash test results are in, and the 2015 Volvo S60 earned the top five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2015 S60 received five stars in the front, side and rollover crashworthiness tests.

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2015 Volvo S60: Persistent Heated Seats, Steering Wheel

March 16, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

Last Tuesday night I drove home from a bike ride in our 2015 Volvo S60. When I jumped in the car the temperature was in the low 40s. It was chilly. I activated the heated steering wheel and driver seat.

The next day I got a surprise.

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2015 Volvo S60: Finger-Pinching Door Handles

March 11, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

The first time I opened a door on our 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E down in the Edmunds parking garage, I pinched my finger.

"Ow!"

Vehicle Testing Assistant Cameron Rogers was down there with me, laughed, and asked if I needed a tutorial on door opening.

Now I'll give you that one pinch of the finger is probably a fluke. But when it happens a second time (as it did this past weekend), well, that's when it starts to become a "hmm..." kind of moment. Three times? I'm sorry, but there is something a bit off about the S60's door handles.

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2015 Volvo S60: Get the Sport Seats

March 9, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

"Schmidt, have you spent any time in a Volvo with the sport seats? They are amazing. We need to test one just so we can sit in those things for a year." Thus began my begging crusade to add any Volvo to our long-term fleet as long as it had the sport seat option. Luckily for me, Volvo just loaned us a 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E, which comes standard with the ultra-comfy buckets.

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2015 Volvo S60: Fuel Economy Update for February

March 4, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

During the month of February, our first half-month or so with the 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E, we put on 910 miles. We averaged 22.2 mpg on the required 91-octane fuel.

Obviously these are still wicked early days for us in Volvo's new turbocharged/supercharged four-cylinder S60 sedan, with only a few fill-ups so far. But it will be interesting as we get deeper into the test to see how our fuel economy stacks up against the EPA's rating of 28 mpg combined (24 city/35 highway) for this car .

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2015 Volvo S60: Good Audio Display

February 27, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

I like to listen to my iPod in the car. I'm not real fussy about the sound, so this is not an audio review of the 2015 Volvo S60. As long as it's playing, I'm happy. I'll be singing along anyway, so the sound quality is not an issue.

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2015 Volvo S60: Speed Limit Can't Keep Up

February 26, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

Some cars display the current speed limit based on GPS data and some read the street signs. Our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 obviously reads the street signs. The problem is that in Los Angeles you don't always get a street sign.

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2015 Volvo S60: Introduction

February 20, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

There are many good reasons to consider a new Volvo. Style, comfort and safety all spring to mind, but a uniquely engineered four-cylinder engine is typically not one of them.

Until now.

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