2011 Volvo S60 vs. Its Competition

2011 Volvo S60
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Volvo engine is begging a comparison to BMW's 300-hp, turbocharged straight six; compared to BMW's six in the 335i, the Volvo engine makes its peak torque a bit higher - 2,100 rpm versus 1,400 rpm - and overall it doesn't churn out the torque just above idle like the BMW mill; meanwhile, the turbo V-6 in the Audi S4, making 333 hp, is closer in character to the Volvo engine.

The Acura TSX doesn't offer all-wheel drive, but new for last year was an Acura TSX V6 model that, although front-wheel drive, delivers satisfying performance and nimble handling.

Those seeking luxury over outright sportiness might prefer the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which The all-new Saab 9-5 also looks to be a worthy rival to the 2011 Volvo S60, with equally compelling Scandinavian design and performance potential.

Of the whole bunch (except perhaps the Saab), the Volvo has more usable, adult-sized backseat space.

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Volvo is no longer just for those who want to play it safe; the new S60 is a stylish and well-designed sport sedan that's very enjoyable to drive - even if it trades off a bit of edginess for comfort and refinement.
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The 2011 Acura TSX is the essence of what the brand should be: compact, light, efficient, and user-friendly—not to mention fully equipped.
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The 2011 BMW 3-Series continues the tradition of excellent handling, brisk performance, and high quality, though its relatively compact size does result in some compromises.
MSRP From   
$37,700$29,610$47,100$34,600
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine   
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Passenger Capacity   
5555
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