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The Volvo XC60 is a luxury crossover vehicle that's offered with either front- or all-wheel drive. It's a mid-size vehicle, though by American standards it leans a little toward the compact end of the spectrum. A more contemporary choice than Volvo's aged XC90 (which is replaced for the 2015 model year), the XC60 is a rival for vehicles like the Lincoln MKC, Land Rover LR2, Acura RDX, Lexus NX... Read More Below »
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The Volvo XC60 is a luxury crossover vehicle that's offered with either front- or all-wheel drive. It's a mid-size vehicle, though by American standards it leans a little toward the compact end of the spectrum.

A more contemporary choice than Volvo's aged XC90 (which is replaced for the 2015 model year), the XC60 is a rival for vehicles like the Lincoln MKC, Land Rover LR2, Acura RDX, Lexus NX, and Audi Q5.

For more details on prices, options, and specifications, see our 2015 Volvo XC60 review.

With the same Scandinavian design influences as the XC90, blended with the racy lines of the S60 sedan, the XC60 packs in cool modern design, safety technologies aplenty, and just enough quirkiness to remind you that its roots are not German, Japanese, or American. The XC60 effectively replaces the V70 wagon that left the market at the end of 2010. It offers striking looks, responsive performance, and of course an array of features that reinforce Volvo's long tradition of safety.

At the time of its launch, the Volvo XC60 combined a 3.2-liter straight-six engine with front-wheel drive for the most fuel-efficient of the bunch. It returned a reasonable 19/25 mpg city/highway and was rated at 240 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. That engine has since been replaced.

On the road, the XC60 performs well, belying its tall appearance. We find it drives like a much lower vehicle, with a secure, planted feel in tight corners that is much more car-like than you’d find with most crossovers and SUVs. Also aiding the XC60’s on-road performance is a sweet six-speed automatic transmission and well-weighted steering.

For anyone looking for something a little bit sportier, the XC60 also comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six good for 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque in standard trim or up to 325 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque in R-Design models. In addition to the power bump, the R-Design XC60 also gets a sporty bodykit and some other performance mods including stiffened suspension.

Further down the track the XC60 will serve as the basis of Volvo’s first plug-in hybrid model in the U.S. It already sells a V60 Plug-In Hybrid wagon in Europe, but that vehicle uses a diesel engine--so Volvo is retooling its hybrid hardware to work with a new range of four-cylinder gasoline engines it will launch in future products. The automaker has already shown off a concept XC60 Plug-In Hybrid, but remains coy on its launch date, stating only that it is due in showrooms in a couple of years--most likely around 2015.

When it comes to safety, the XC60 ticks all the right boxes and scores top marks in independent crash testing. There’s also an array of advanced safety features like Volvo’s City Safety pedestrian and object avoidance system, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert Control, Distance Alert, and the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)--and both Road Sign Information and an Active High Beam system were added for 2013 to the Tech Package. And in 2015 Cyclist Detection was added to the City Safety system. The XC60’s safety alone makes the vehicle worthy of consideration for anyone in the market for a mid-size crossover.

The 2013 model year brought realigned features between the T6 and R-Design models, as well as a few more standard features, including rain-sensing wipers, headlight washers, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, with new Tunnel Detection for the headlamps.

Volvo lightly refreshed all of its models for 2014, including mild frontal styling updates and various changes to the infotainment system inside.

For 2015, the Volvo XC60 gets some serious changes, in the form of new Drive-E engines for front-wheel-drive models. The base XC60, known as the T5, uses a 240-horsepower turbocharged version, while the more powerful T6 gets a 302-hp Drive-E that's supercharged (to boost power at low engine speeds) and turbocharged (for increased horsepower at higher engine speeds). Fuel economy is much improved in these models, with EPA Combined ratings now up to 27 mpg (for the T5).

Separately, 2015.5 model-year XC60 models will offer a completely new Volvo Sensus infotainment system, with new 3D map views, integrated concierge services, and new apps for streaming audio.

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Volvo XC60, Honda Civic, Lincoln MKZ, Mazda6: Top Safety Pick Plus

The 2013 Volvo XC60, Honda Civic, Lincoln MKZ, and Mazda 6 are all among the latest group of new vehicles to get the top nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety... read more March 7, 2013 by  0


 
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2013 Volvo S60, XC60 Recalled For Airbag Defect

Volvo Cars of North America is conducting a voluntary safety recall of a small number of 2013 model year S60 sport sedans and XC60 crossovers for an airbag defect. A notice... read more September 15, 2012 by  1


 
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2012 Volvo S60, XC60: Recall Alert

Volvo is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model year Volvo S60 sedans and XC60 crossovers over concerns about excessive underbody coatings that could... read more March 18, 2012 by  0


 
2011 Volvo XC60

Still Hoping For A Volvo XC60? Your Wait May Soon Be Over

The only thing more frustrating than walking into a dealership and hearing that the vehicle you want is weeks away is learning that the wait may, in fact, be months... read more February 9, 2012 by  2


 
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IIHS: Volvo's City Safety Cuts Low-Speed Car Accidents

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is giving praise to an anti-collision system developed by Volvo and used on their XC60 crossover. The IIHS found that... read more July 19, 2011 by  0


 

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Style MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
2015.5 AWD 4-Door T5 (3)
2015.5 AWD 4-Door T5 Specs $37,700 $35,438 18 25
Platinum Specs $45,200 $42,488 18 25
Premier Specs $40,900 $38,446 18 25
2015.5 AWD 4-Door T6 (2)
2015.5 AWD 4-Door T6 Specs $42,400 $39,856 17 24
Platinum Specs $46,800 $43,992 17 24
2015.5 AWD 4-Door T6 R-Design (2)
2015.5 AWD 4-Door T6 R-Design Specs $46,650 $43,851 17 24
Platinum Specs $50,750 $47,705 17 24
2015.5 FWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E (3)
2015.5 FWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E Specs $36,200 $34,028 24 31
Platinum Specs $43,700 $41,078 24 31
Premier Specs $39,400 $37,036 24 31
2015.5 FWD 4-Door T6 Drive-E (2)
2015.5 FWD 4-Door T6 Drive-E Specs $40,900 $38,446 22 30
Platinum Specs $45,300 $42,582 22 30
AWD 4-Door 3.2L (2)
AWD 4-Door 3.2L Specs $37,250 $35,015 18 25
Platinum Specs $44,350 $41,689 18 25
AWD 4-Door 3.2L Premier (2)
AWD 4-Door 3.2L Premier Specs $40,350 $37,929 18 25
Plus Specs $41,750 $39,245 18 25
AWD 4-Door T6 (3)
AWD 4-Door T6 Specs $41,550 $39,057 17 24
Platinum Specs $45,550 $42,817 17 24
Premier Plus Specs $42,950 $40,373 17 24
AWD 4-Door T6 R-Design (3)
AWD 4-Door T6 R-Design Specs $45,800 $43,052 17 24
Platinum Specs $49,800 $46,812 17 24
Premier Plus Specs $47,200 $44,368 17 24
FWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E (2)
FWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E Specs $35,750 $33,605 24 31
Platinum Specs $42,850 $40,279 24 31
FWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E Premier (2)
FWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E Premier Specs $38,850 $36,519 24 31
Plus Specs $40,250 $37,835 24 31
FWD 4-Door T6 Drive-E (3)
FWD 4-Door T6 Drive-E Specs $40,050 $37,647 22 30
Platinum Specs $44,050 $41,407 22 30
Premier Plus Specs $41,450 $38,963 22 30
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