2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country

Mar 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

Mar 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

Mar 16th
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

Mar 13th
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

Mar 13th
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

Mar 8th
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…
2014 Volvo S60

Mar 7th
Volvo killed its V-8 almost four years ago and now it’s getting out of the five- and six-cylinder engine business, too. Future Volvos will be powered by four-cylinder engines with turbochargers, four-cylinders with turbochargers and belt-driven superchargers, four-cylinders paired with hybrid powertrains, and turbocharged four-cylinders that burn diesel fuel. From roughly the end of next year until internal combustion is…
2016 Volvo S60

Mar 4th
Some ideas keep coming back. First, AMC put four-wheel-drive hardware under a Concord station wagon (née Hornet Sportabout) and dubbed it the Eagle—and then doubled down and pulled the same stunt with a sedan (and a coupe!). A decade later, Subaru tried the same thing and created the Legacy Outback wagon; and eventually it, too, thought What the heck, people…
2017 Volvo S90

Feb 25th
Volvo knows as well as any car company that being a nonconformist has its ups and downs. Throughout its long history, despite multiple corporate ownerships, Volvo has persisted in being different. Even now, as Volvo embarks on a plan to chase global luxury leaders such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW, it’s paving its own distinctly Swedish path.Different isn’t always better. Volvo’s…
2015 Volvo S60

Feb 23rd
The 2015 Volvo S60 Polestar has a 345-hp turbocharged inline-six, a Haldex all-wheel-drive system with a rear torque bias, colossal Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires measuring 245/35-20, and it costs $60,225. These are the facts, but we could see how, without the benefit of first-hand experience, one might come to the conclusion that the car is uselessly expensive for a…
2015 Volvo V60

Feb 20th
Station wagons used to be a Volvo strong suit, amounting to a hefty percentage of the company’s product mix. That was before the “crossover” became a household word and before SUVs in all their rich variety upstaged conventional wagons, eventually eliminating them from almost every showroom. Volvo certainly isn’t about to retreat from the crossover sweepstakes, but for that discerning…
2015 Volvo V60

Feb 17th
We at Car and Driver like our wagons low, stylish, and fast, so when Volvo showed its low, stylish, and (in some forms) fast V60 wagon in tall, pseudo-crossover Cross Country form, not all of us were completely stoked. Does the world need another crossover-y thing, or perhaps more cynically, do we need another apologist wagon that feels the need…
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