2011 Volvo S40 vs. Its Competition

2011 Volvo S40 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Now that it's only offered in sporty T5 trim, the Volvo S40 competes against the higher-performance variants of a number of luxury and near-luxury sedan models.

The Subaru Impreza is less expensive but has a similar focus on performance and safety.

In its base 2.5i form, it comes with standard all-wheel drive and performance from its horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine similar to the base five in the Volvo.

The WRX's crash-test scores are better, too.

The Acura TSX, which includes the superior service of Acura dealerships, has especially nimble handling, a good ride, and impressive fuel efficiency, but its backseat is somewhat cramped.

However, the Acura, along with the Audi A4, is pricier than the Volvos.

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Quick Specs
7.0
All-wheel drive no longer offered
8.2
The 2011 Acura TSX is the essence of what the brand should be: compact, light, efficient, and user-friendly—not to mention fully equipped.
8.2
With strong performance, good practicality, and respectable fuel economy, the attractively styled 2011 Audi A4 strikes a great balance for an everyday-driving sport sedan.
7.6
Standard all-wheel drive and strong performance and safety credentials give the 2011 Subaru Impreza and Outback Sport some meaningful advantages over most other small cars, though poor fuel economy stands as a blemish.
MSRP From   
$27,750$29,610$32,300$17,495
Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Turbocharged Gas I5Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4
EPA Class   
CompactCompactCompactSub-Compact
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Manual 2.5i
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
Automatic,AutomaticCVTManual