2009 Volvo S60 vs. Its Competition

2009 Volvo S60 2.5T

The 2009 S60 lands at the entry end of the mid-size sport-sedan spectrum, where a few thousand in sticker price or a slight difference in payments might make the difference.

That said, it’s hard to justify the S60’s boost in price for ’09 when it now lines up with the sporty, redesigned Acura TL, which has a much roomier interior, plus plenty of technology and safety features.

The Saab 9-5—from Volvo’s rival Swedish brand—is perhaps the closest competitor to the S60, but the Saab is even more outdated, with a design that reaches back a full decade.

The 2009 Volvo S60 boasts better interior appointments and a better ride than the 9-5, though the (more expensive) 9-5 is more of a driver’s car—and it has a roomier backseat.

The Audi A6 is another alternative; it offers either front-wheel drive or quattro all-wheel drive and has a roomy interior that feels more upscale and exhibits a nice ride, but it’s also significantly more expensive than the others.

Those who want refinement and a stylish appearance, inside especially, should consider the Nissan Maxima.

The new Maxima isn’t at all the sport sedan it once was, but it’s comfortable—almost opulent—inside and has some of the features of pricier lux sedans.

2009 Volvo S60 2.5T2009 Volvo S60
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2008 Acura TL 4-door Sedan Auto Angular Front Exterior View2008 Acura TL
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2008 Audi A6 4-door Sedan 4.2L quattro *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View2008 Audi A6
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2008 Nissan Maxima SL2008 Nissan Maxima
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Quick Specs
The 2009 Volvo S60 isn’t a sport sedan, but it is a comfortable, safe, all-weather mid-size car with an eager powertrain.
The 2008 Acura TL is a "nice" car that's well equipped in every category except personality.
The 2008 Audi A6 has plenty of competition, but its graceful look and feel set it apart from more brutal German and more clinical Japanese iron.
The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
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Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Low-Pressure Turbo Gas I5Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
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Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 2.5T SE FWD4-Door Sedan Automatic4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic,Automatic w/ODAutomatic CVTContinously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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