Trip to Sequoia National Park - 2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD: Trip to Sequoia National Park

February 16, 2010

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I bought some nifty SCC Super Z6 chains for a Presidents' Day get-away to the Sequoia National Park because we heard it dumped over 8-feet of snow, but when we arrived, we found the roads had been plowed and we didn't need them once. Follow the jump to see more photos of really big trees and the Volvo XC60 in its natural habitat. Even the boring-brown metallic paint job looks right in this place.

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The XC60 was on home turf in the snotty, slushy, sometimes-icy conditions. Let's hear it for heated seats, although I would've appreciated a heated steering wheel as well.

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The Volvo proved sure-footed and never once balked at the changing road conditions. The CitySafe System, however, did freak out a couple of times, not knowing what to do with the changing light and perceived obstacles. Luckily, the system never dynamited the brakes and only flashed the dashboard lights and sounded the (false) alarm.

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Here's some evidence of the snow report.

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Obilgatory tail lamp and badge shots...

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While there were no trees we could drive through, there is this fallen giant you can walk through.

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And what trip to Sequoia would be complete without a photo in front of the largest (by volume) tree in the world, the General Sherman tree.

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We rented some snow shoes so we could get away from the crowds.

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And this is where the snow shoes took us. Talk about feeling insignificant.

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Making our way back to the parking lot, I spotted the Volvo.

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"Honey, what are you doing with my camera?" Actually, because the outside temperature was in the low 50s, opening the Volvo's power moonroof made the view even better.

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The 600-mile round trip from Los Angeles produced an above average 20.6-mpg fuel economy with a car-load of gear and 3 passengers. I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 12,205 miles

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