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Volvo S60 Named an IIHS "Top Safety Pick"

Posted: Mar 25, 2011 01:39 p.m.

If the redesigned Volvo S60 has caught your eye, you’ll like that it held up well in crash tests, earning “Top Safety Pick” status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The S60 received the IIHS’s top score of “Good” in front, side, roof strength and overall rear crash protection tests. It also comes standard with electronic stability control.

IIHS crash test data was impressive. “Measurements taken during the S60’s testing show a low risk of significant injury in a 40-mph frontal-offset crash. Head movement was well-controlled during the crash — reducing the possibility of a neck injury,” writes Cars.com. “During side-impact testing, the driver’s and rear passenger’s heads were protected from the 3,300-pound deformable barrier traveling at 31 mph (shown above).”

The S60 did well in other IIHS tests. “In the roof strength test, IIHS found that the S60 can withstand an application of 4.95 times its curb weight, a figure that puts it second only to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in the midsize luxury sedan class,” reports Left Lane News. “IIHS has not tested all of the S60′s rivals, but the Volvo does rank ahead of the Lincoln MKZ, Audi A4 and Lexus HS 250h.”

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