by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on February 22, 2016
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.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on February 19, 2016
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.
by Matt Jones, Senior Editor on January 7, 2016
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.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on December 28, 2015
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.
by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on December 22, 2015
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.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on December 4, 2015
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.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on November 5, 2015
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.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 29, 2015
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.
by Scott Oldham, Editor-in-Chief on October 22, 2015
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.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on October 19, 2015
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.
by John O'Dell, Senior Editor on September 25, 2015
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.
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on September 22, 2015
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....
August 18, 2015
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.
July 14, 2015
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.
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.
June 3, 2015
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.
April 16, 2015
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.
March 30, 2015
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.
March 4, 2015
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 .