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The 2011 Volvo XC60 is, in the Volvo tradition, a good choice for the safety-conscious.
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safety features galore, including Volvo’s new City Safety system
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"It's the car that stops itself!" Volvo says. They're not kidding — thanks to its new City Safety system, that's precisely what the XC60 will do if it senses an imminent low-speed collision.

Volvo says the XC60 is the safest car the company has ever produced.
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The 2011 Volvo XC60 has impressive crash-test ratings, along with a strong set of high-tech features that might just serve to help avoid an accident in the first place. One such feature—first introduced in the XC60—is the City Safety feature, which can identify an object or person in the road ahead, and bring the vehicle to a complete stop at speeds of up to 9 mph, and engage the brakes to help reduce the severity of a crash at somewhat higher speeds.

City Safety wraps together the sensors used in various other high-tech safety aids in the XC60, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert Control, Distance Alert, and the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS). And that's in addition to a well-rounded package of the safety features expected in this class, like electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, side and side-curtain airbags. Of course, there's more to it here; the stability control, for instance, includes a special mode for towing stability (up to 3,300 pounds).

In traditional occupant safety, the XC60 does very well, with top 'good' ratings across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and the group's Top Safety Pick accolade. The XC60 hasn't yet been tested by the federal government.


The 2011 Volvo XC60 is, in the Volvo tradition, a good choice for the safety-conscious.

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