When the Volvo S60 was introduced for the 2001 model year, it was aimed squarely at entry-level luxury veterans like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This was quite a departure for a company that had garnered more attention for its safety record than for zero to 60 mph times.
To show it was serious, Volvo later released a high-performance R version to take on the legendary M3.
The main changes for 2014 are a redesigned front fascia and instrument cluster.
The nose of the 2014 S60 has a sharper angularity that will more likely appeal to mainstream tastes. Interior styling is largely unchanged. There's a new Sensus infotainment system, though, and a digital instrument cluster is now available.
Under the Hood
Under the hood, buyers will find the same turbocharged inline five-cylinder and six-cylinder engines making 250 and 300 horsepower, respectively. The $32,400 base-model T5 is now available with the all-wheel drive system as well as the standard front-wheel drive -- a change from last year.
A six-speed automatic transmission takes the gearbox duties, and while a full manual transmission isn't available, the automatic does have paddle shifting. The base model with a smaller 2.5-liter engine is capable of 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway; with the larger 3-liter engine, an S60 achieves 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, respectable for a luxury sedan.
Should you decide that you want even more power and performance, the R-Design is back with a 325-horsepower version of the 3-liter inline six-cylinder engine for the upgraded starting price of $42,700.
Volvo being Volvo, there are still plenty of standard safety features such as fantastic anti-lock brakes and equally well-built traction and stability control systems.
The S60 is well-planted, especially with all-wheel drive. Power delivery is smooth in all engines with an extra wallop coming from the R, the quickest S60 with a zero to 60 mph time of only 5.3 seconds.
Even though the T5 is the lowest-priced S60, it still comes with plenty of standard features like automatic temperature control and traction control systems. Power comes from the turbocharged 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder. All-wheel drive is optional.
The T5 Platinum is the most expensive S60 equipped with a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine. There's a substantial upgrade from an eight-speaker stereo system to a twelve-speaker unit. The Sensus infotainment system is a new option -- and not cheap at over $1,800. It serves as a wifi hotspot for passengers, and enables the driver to browse online when the car is parked.
If you want to add a few features to your S60, but don't want to go crazy on the options list, the T5 Premier might be for you. The Premier adds to the T5 a power moonroof and a new digital dashboard. Like other trim levels, luxuries such as a heated steering wheel and a spoiler are optional.
Key additions to the T5 Premier Plus are niceties like a rearview camera. Other items such as heated front and rear seats can be added for an additional cost.
Mated to the T6's six-speed automatic transmission is a 3-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine making an even 300 horsepower. Despite the additional weight of all-wheel drive, the T6 still manages a respectable 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
Power comes from the same engine as the standard T6, but with an increased output to 325 horsepower. Exterior modifications include color-matched body moldings and a model-specific grille and wheels.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Volvo S60$24,000 | 15,964 mi
2013 Volvo S60$25,991 | 17,480 mi
2013 Volvo S60$26,950 | 30,949 mi
2013 Volvo S60$29,950 | 11,683 mi
2013 Volvo S60$29,950 | 9,981 mi
2013 Volvo S60$29,950 | 7,797 mi
2013 Volvo S60$31,988 | 1,374 mi
2013 Volvo S60$32,950 | 4,415 mi
2013 Volvo S60$34,950 | 25 mi
2013 Volvo S60$38,950 | 25 mi
2012 Volvo S60$20,991 | 37,815 mi
2012 Volvo S60$22,842 | 46,917 mi
2012 Volvo S60$22,988 | 40,764 mi
2012 Volvo S60$23,837 | 34,538 mi
2012 Volvo S60$24,437 | 36,013 mi
2012 Volvo S60$24,577 | 48,909 mi
2012 Volvo S60$24,937 | 35,663 mi
2012 Volvo S60$24,995 | 32,926 mi
2012 Volvo S60$28,950 | 39,472 mi
2012 Volvo S60$29,932 | 32,198 mi
2012 Volvo S60$29,995 | 16,023 mi
2012 Volvo S60$30,769 | 24,569 mi
2012 Volvo S60$30,950 | 25,985 mi
2012 Volvo S60$30,988 | 22,377 mi
2011 Volvo S60$29,437 | 25,655 mi
2006 Volvo S60$9,988 | 78,101 mi
2006 Volvo S60$10,988 | 79,788 mi
2004 Volvo S60$9,988 | 85,635 mi
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