2016 Volvo XC90

Jan 17th
Success in one endeavor doesn’t necessarily predict the same in another. From a statistical perspective, the more times you win, the more inevitable failure becomes. Because except for John Paciorek, who played exactly one game for Houston in 1963, nobody bats a thousand. And the more unrelated the subsequent mission, the greater the chance of stumbling. Such as: turning a…
2017 Volvo S90

Jan 16th
After Ford sold Volvo to Chinese automaker Geely in 2010, the Swedish company’s first order of business was to fashion a new-product lineup that would update its aging fleet of vehicles and catch up to the other luxury brands, which were surging. Geely had plenty of money to invest in Volvo, but even so, the automaker had to plan this…
2015 Volvo V60

Jan 13th
The inherent balance of an inline six-cylinder engine makes it appealing to drivers like us, and it contributed to the legendary status of historic cars such as the Nissan Skyline, several Jaguars, and many BMWs. The unbent six is a dying breed, though, becoming more rare every model year, kind of like station wagons and clutch pedals.Volvo has pretty much…
2016 Volvo XC60

Jan 8th
Volvo’s XC60 crossover, which debuted as a 2010 model and was last updated for 2014, is a competent and sophisticated luxury ute when viewed in isolation. But park one next to the brand’s excellent new XC90 SUV, and its gray hairs immediately become apparent—an observation we made in our review of a front-wheel-drive 2015 T6 model with Volvo’s then new…
2016 Volvo XC90

Jan 8th
Once upon a time, it seemed as if Sweden and Volvo were destined to rule the world. In 1975, Björn Borg was emerging as the world’s dominant tennis player, ABBA had already won the Eurovision Song Contest and was climbing the charts, IKEA’s relentless expansion was underway, and Volvo’s new 240-series was the industry’s most sensible shoebox. The 240 was…
2012 Volvo S60

Jan 1st
This test did not begin well. Our barely broken-in long-term Volvo S60 T6 acquired an illness that our local dealer couldn’t diagnose, let alone fix. It came on with a warning light reporting blockage of the windshield wipers’ rain sensors. As our driver slowed to investigate, the entire cluster went Vegas and the engine shut down. Following a nervous traffic-clotting…
2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country

Dec 22nd
There could not exist a greater chasm between the first impression given by the name Polestar and the Volvo V60 variant that wears it. This unassuming Volvo hatchback is such an introvert, it might suffer from social anxiety.Indeed, merely looking at the 2017 V60 Polestar won’t be enough to let most observers grasp exactly what it is. To clear things…
2015 Volvo S60

Dec 20th
One hundred and twenty. That’s how many Ferrari LaFerraris are destined for North America. It’s also how many Polestar-branded V60 wagons and S60 sedans Volvo will send to the U.S. starting later this month. So the odds of spotting one in the wild are roughly equal.The comparability ends there, of course, although Volvo touts its limited-edition special as a driver’s…
2011 Volvo S60

Dec 17th
Volvo’s last new large sedan, the S80, didn’t exactly wow us. We might have said—actually, we did say—that the S80 had all the flavor of  Wasa crispbread. That car left us worried that the wacky engineering folks who created the 150-mph turbocharged bricks of the 1990s had left the company, or perhaps were hit with a debilitating depression after hearing…
2018 Volvo V90

Dec 14th
Audi and BMW stopped importing the wagon versions of their mid-size sedans to America with the advent of the current-generation models. Cadillac ceased production of its wagon completely with the latest CTS. Jaguar has never offered its XF wagon in the United States, and Lexus and the other players in the luxury segment have never even built mid-size wagons. Only…
2016 Volvo XC90

Dec 14th
The financial crisis might be receding into memory, but the lingering effects continue. Volvo, for one, was deeply affected by the downturn, as Ford jettisoned it during the depths of that American company’s problems. The Swedish automaker ended up being purchased by Geely, the up and coming Chinese company, and after several years of management churn, Volvo now seems to…
2015 Volvo S60

Dec 9th
We have a long and checkered history with the current-generation Volvo S60. First it lost to the Buick Regal GS in a head-to-head comparison test. Then, given a chance to redeem itself in a five-car sports-sedan comparo in which it was spotted a 60-hp advantage, it finished last. We signed on for a long-termer anyway, and the car wound up…
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