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…
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…
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…
2014 Volvo S60

Dec 8th
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

Dec 5th
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…
2015 Volvo S60

Nov 25th
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…
2017 Volvo S60

Nov 7th
For centuries, painters and photographers have adored the quality of daylight in the south of France, where tourism promoters tout 320 sunny days a year. Our visit covered three of the other days, during which we had not one glimpse of the sky over Provence. Clouds stretched horizon to horizon while fog and occasional rain blanketed the rocky hills outside…
2016 Volvo S60

Oct 8th
Volvo fans are rightly focused on the excitement happening at the upper reaches of the company’s model range, where the XC90 crossover and the upcoming S90 flagship sedan have been capturing headlines. There’s an addition to the firm’s more mainstream S60 range for 2016 that shouldn’t escape notice, though. Salient facts about this S60 Inscription model are that it has…