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Volvo S60 Lineup Expands, Earns Five Stars in NHTSA Crash Tests

The 2012 Volvo S60 may look a little more attractive to upscale midsize car shoppers, thanks to some new trim options and excellent crash test scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Currently, you have to buy the top-of-the-line S60 T6 to get all-wheel drive. But Volvo U.S. President John Maloney announced at the Detroit Auto Show that the less expensive S60 T5 will be available with all-wheel drive, according to Car and Driver.

“The new S60 T5 AWD will occupy the space - and find a home somewhere within the rather sizable $7150 price gap - between the $32,175 base FWD T5 model and the $39,325 AWD T6 variant,” says Car and Driver. “The T5 AWD will be powered by the same 250-hp turbocharged inline-five as the front-driver.” Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but the S60 T5 AWD will go on sale this summer.

The new trim level may help Volvo compete with midsize cars like the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and Infiniti G. Left Lane News points out that almost all of the S60’s German and Japanese rivals “offer base-engine models with AWD.”

In addition to offering more choices within the lineup, NHTSA recently announced that the 2012 S60 earned its top score of five stars in all federal government crash tests.

“Volvo's midsize sedan is the eighth vehicle to be awarded NHTSA's highest combined star rating for the 2012 model year,” says the Chicago Tribune. The Cadillac CTS and SRX, Chevrolet Camaro and Sonic, Saab 9-4X, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat also earned a five-star overall rating in NHTSA tests.

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