Used Car: 2013 Volvo S60 Review
Automotive experts liked the 2013 Volvo S60’s peppy engine choices and noted that it offers lots of safety features, but they said it has a small trunk and clunky infotainment interface.
The base Volvo S60 T5 comes standard with a turbocharged five-cylinder engine that critics said offers lively acceleration. Reviewers were also impressed with the strong acceleration provided by the turbocharged six-cylinder engine in T6 models. The T6 R-Design is the most powerful model in the lineup. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available on T5 models and standard on T6 models. The S60 T5 gets up to an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is normal for the class. Most automotive journalists were pleased with the 2013 S60’s ride quality, and several wrote that it handles with agility and has precisely weighted steering. However, others noted that the S60's handling isn't as composed as that of some rivals.
According to reviewers, the 2013 Volvo S60 has a striking interior design and first-rate materials. The S60’s comfortable front seats also pleased most automotive writers. Some critics said the back seat is comfortable but others found it a bit cramped. The S60 has one of the smallest trunks in the class at 12 cubic feet. Standard features include Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs, satellite radio and Volvo’s City Safety system, which can automatically apply the brakes at low speeds to help avoid a collision. Available features include navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, driver alertness monitoring, collision warning, blind spot monitoring and a road sign information system, which shows the speed limit in the instrument cluster. Reviewers noted that the Volvo S60 has a lot of safety features for the class, but some test drivers said rival automakers’ infotainment systems are easier to use than Volvo’s Sensus system.
Other Cars to Consider
The 2013 Lexus ES drew praise from the automotive press for its enormous back seat and comfortable ride. The ES also has an excellent reliability score and one of the largest trunks in the class.
Test drivers said the 2013 Cadillac CTS has attractive interior styling and top-shelf cabin materials. Reviewers also wrote that the CTS delivers a satisfying driving experience, with powerful brakes and sharp steering.