September 30, 2010
I'm moving into a house without air conditioning this weekend. In other news, it was literally the hottest day ever in Los Angeles on Monday. Well crap, better bump up my plans to buy an air conditioner for the bedroom.
After doing some online research and checking to see which units get the most little red dots, I ventured off to Sears to pick up my Kenmore 70051. It's nice; very sporty.
While I certainly didn't need a crossover like the XC60 to get the job done, I must say it was nice to have the tall load height and wide cargo bay. There was no need to kill my back (not that this small A/C unit is especially heavy) or deal with finnagling the box into the back seat or trunk. Just like so much associated with SUVs, I didn't really need one, but it was certainly nice to have.
Care to guess which long-termer I'll be using to move this weekend?
James Riswick, Automotive Editor
September 17, 2010
While I'm on a trunk release kick, I found out recently that our 2010 Volvo XC60's interior trunk button doesn't pop open the trunk. Yeah, that button doesn't do what it looks like it does.
I had to pick up a couple of cases of wine the other day and the delivery person carted the boxes to the rear of the XC60 while I was in the car. So I found the trunk release button and pressed it so that I could at least get that open before I got out there to greet them. But then the lift gate didn't seem to respond.
I then went outside to press the exterior trunk release button. It opened. Apparently the interior button only unlocks the hatch. This car isn't outfitted with a power rear lift gate, which is part of the Convenience Package ($1,000). I guess I assumed that since our XC60 felt so deluxe that it would have that.
If I was going to get this car I'd splurge for that package which also includes front and rear parking sensors, a grocery bag holder in cargo area, a 12V power outlet and a HomeLink garage door opener. OK, I don't need the garage door opener but I do like that other stuff, especially with a vehicle like this that has all that cargo room.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor
July 09, 2010
Sunriver, Oregon -- the furthest point from home on our summer Part III was Crater Lake, and now we can unpack and stop living out of suit cases for a while.
We rented this house in the Sunriver Resort community with friends and are using it as base camp for a number of outings, starting with a downhill mountain bike ride to several (water) falls. If you've liked my vacation photos so far, there are more after the jump...
June 30, 2010
May 18, 2010
Our long-term Volvo XC60 pulled yeoman's duty this weekend, hauling a ton of boxed discount audio gear around L.A. The XC60's rear seat does not slide fore-aft, but it does make itself quite useful with a split folding setup and slick headrests that duck out of the way with the flick of a lever.
March 20, 2010
For my trip to Mammoth this weekend, I had put in a request weeks ago with key keeper, Mike Schmidt, for our 2010 Volvo XC60. With four people and all our gear and the car's all-wheel drive, it was the perfect vehicle for a snowboarding trip.
Fortunately only two of the four people had their own snowboards. Any more and it would have been difficult to fit through the ski pass-through in addition to all our luggage and bags of booze and food. Three boards in normal conditions (no foodie passengers) would have been fine and I'm sure skiers won't have the same concern.
As it was, our backseat passengers said they were very comfortable and didn't feel crowded in at all. "It's so luxurious!" they exclaimed, pointing out the interior materials and the cushy padding on the sides of the seats.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor at 13,640 miles
March 09, 2010
When I first saw this little hook slung under the cover for the cargo bay of our Volvo I was not impressed. I mean, look at it, it's just a cheap piece of plastic held on by a little strap and some Velcro.
Then I took the bold move of actually using it. Turns out, all you really to hold up a cargo cover is a cheap plastic hook, a little strap and some Velcro.
It doesn't even fit particularly well, but it doesn't have to. Clearly, it was made to work simply, not perfectly. Whether it stays in place over time might be a different story, but for now I stand corrected. It works just fine.
February 16, 2010
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.
February 01, 2010
I was glad I had the XC60 this weekend. Though I wouldn't require something with so much cargo capacity, it was appreciated. A trip to Goodwill was a breeze as I just tossed (well, not literally) everything through the wide opening, as opposed to having to wrestle it into a trunk or into a smaller hatchback. As we noted in our crossover comparison test where the XC60 was crowned the winner, it boasts a generous cargo capacity -- 67 cubic feet with the seats down. Flipping one of the split seats down was easy -- no need to remove the headrests, just pull the release and it flops down -- and helped make short work of transporting four large bags of clothes (a few were offloaded before the photo was taken) as well as an old commercial grade Hoover canister vac that's the diesel engine of appliances -- I swear that thing will run forever.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 11,072 miles
January 25, 2010
I'm no vampire, but I do like the XC60 a lot and would consider it if I were in the market for a luxury compact family vehicle.
I love the styling. I really love our car's Terra Bronze Metallic paint. The visibility is very good, and safety equipment is off the charts.
I installed my gigantic Recaro Como car seat in the rear passenger side position so I could shuttle my almost-4-year-old around this weekend. Cinching it down was a bit of a squeeze in the compact rear quarters, but that's not unusual for crossovers of this size.
I love the fact that the Volvo has integrated booster seats, but my daughter isn't heavy enough yet to take advantage of them. Editor in Chief Oldham says they're quite easy to use, too. That would definitely be a selling point for me.
The cargo area is plenty spacious, but I could have really used a cargo net or other divider of some sort to prevent unruly groceries from rolling about back there this weekend. That's one of just a couple of minor complaints I have about this very capable family crossover.
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 10,736 miles
December 28, 2009
That is a six-foot ladder. It fit in our long-term 2010 Volvo XC60 very easily thanks to the SUVs unique flat-folding rear seat center section. With one hand it drops flat and allows you to carry long stuff and still seat four comfortably.
Very cool. More SUVs should have this feature instead of the more common 50/50 or 60/40 rear seat designs. This Volvo is really starting to win me over.
Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 20,504 miles
November 02, 2009
Canned nuts are the annual fall fundraiser for Girl Scouts in Southern California, and once again, I'm wearing the Nut Mom hat.