2015 Volvo S60: 20,000-Mile Sendoff for the Swede
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 24, 2016
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.
Back in the day, the town had a high Swedish immigrant presence, or so says Wikipedia. But truth be told, it became readily apparent that the "California's Swedish Village" hook is more tourist-baiting marketing than actual Swedish reality. There's a yearly Swedish festival in May and many of the buildings in town have the kind of Swedish exterior look you might expect from Disney's Epcot. Oh, and there's a water tower that's been styled to look like an antique Swedish teapot.
But otherwise my mid-February visit to Kingsburg could have been to just about any other small central California town. I soaked up the ambiance for a bit, then headed out of town.
The S60 easily cleared 20,000 miles from the Kingsburg trip. More significantly, I came away with some greater appreciation of Volvo's small sedan. It doesn't have the dramatic visual presence or curbside prestige of some other rivals, but it's also surprisingly good natured with no deal-breaking faults. For the money, the S60 is a very solid pick for a small luxury sedan.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 20,414 miles