2015 Volvo S60: Going for 35 MPG Gold
June 25, 2015
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.
If this were the Olympics, you could say that my effort to get maximum fuel economy was more collegiate than world-class. While my drive was almost all on the highway and I used cruise control as much as possible, I also was driving around 70 to 75 mph on California's Interstate 5 and Highway 99. I made one stop for food and had the air-conditioning on almost the whole time.
The Volvo's in-car fuel economy gauge, at 33.2 mpg, looked promising with as I pulled in to the gas station to fill up at the end of the drive. Then I calculated the actual fuel economy based on the trip odometer and gallons required to replenish the tank. The result was 30.5 mpg.
So, we've got a new best-fill record for our S60. But I'm hoping somebody else on staff can do even better.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 6,148 miles