2015 Volvo S60: Suburban Defense Vehicle
by Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor on October 14, 2015
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.
1. Cross traffic alert. There's no worse threat to the backing driver than a Trader Joe's parking lot, where people apparently have put their brains on hold. I also like the level of illumination that the back-up camera offers at night. There's a restaurant parking lot nearby that's unpaved, tight and treacherous. The camera helped make a confident exit.
2. Automatic folding driver-side mirror. A thoughtful touch for anyone who lives on a narrow street and has to use a gym parking lot with undersized spaces and careless patrons.
What's your preferred aid for navigating the suburbs?
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor