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2015 Volvo S60: Top-of-Class Audio System

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on January 25, 2016

2015 Volvo S60

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: Finding the Meaning of the Power Meter

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

2015 Volvo S60

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

2015 Volvo S60

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: Suburban Defense Vehicle

by Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor on October 14, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

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

2015 Volvo S60

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

2015 Volvo S60

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: Hey, Don't Hit the Road

by Erin Riches, Deputy Editor on September 4, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

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: 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: Good Sound System Options, Just Average Quality

August 13, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

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

2015 Volvo S60

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: A Few Too Many Buttons

July 31, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

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: The Nosy Passenger Speedometer

July 10, 2015

2015 Volvo S60

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: 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: 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: 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: 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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