2011 Volvo XC60: A Not-So Quick Drive Page 2

June 14, 2011

2011 Volvo XC60 Adventure

The rush to Gateway

I could not wait to get to our final destination in Gateway. I needed to take a shower and perform a taste test on one of the local microbrews. Plus, I just needed a break.

The next day it was raining the old “cats and dogs” and everyone was complaining that this would ruin the next few days. Everyone except me, because this was perfect to test out Volvo’s all-wheel drive system equipped with Instant Traction. So after talking to a few local firefighters I headed toward a dirt trail that was sure to be slick with mud from all the rain.

What a perfect place to test the XC60. As I followed the trail up into the canyon, a few of the other journalists made the decision to follow me, a foolhardy notion since after just a few miles of slipping sideways in the mud, they turned tail and ran for the barn. As my trusty Volvo and I climbed to greater altitudes, the sky turned dark and the rain became snow and ice. The trail developed into even more of a challenge. A couple of times I wished I had more aggressive tires mounted on my steed, but that didn’t last because the XC60 was doing a great job.

The 3.0-liter, turbocharged, six-cylinder engine made its 300 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque available to me at the opportune times. When I needed smooth even progression of power to get moving in the mud it was there. When I needed the boost from all its horses and torque, it was there to power me through the muck that was starting to get sticker with each tick of the speedometer.

I had every intention of taking a hiking trail the firefighters told me about when I got to the end of the canyon. I decided that wasn't such a good idea when I could not find the marker for the trail head through the blowing snow. So I felt it was time to head back to the Gateway Canyons hotel and try another microbrew.

I was delighted with the fun the Volvo XC60 offered me on the way down the mountain. Though many times I came exceedingly close to the edge of the road, with nothing but a drop of a few hundred yards into the canyon, the Volvo pulled me out of the predicament and had me sliding on down the trail.

As I drove into the parking lot, big clumps of mud dropping of from under the car, one of the Volvo representatives was standing in the rain with a bit of a worried look on his face.

“We were just about to send the search and rescue crew out to get you,” he said.

Through the huge grin across my face, all I had to say was, “I had confidence in your car.”

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