Volvo's volume sedan for more than a decade, the current S60 arrived in 2011 with smoother styling and a choice of turbo engines. A near-luxury midsize, the S60 offers key luxury-sport virtues and Swedish sensibility at a price buyers can live with. The five-cylinder T5 starts at just under $32,000 for 2013. The T6, with its inline six and higher level of equipment, occupies the low-$40,000 range.
Between the two models and several trim packages, the Volvo covers a broad swath of the premium midsize market. Whether it's equipped like a luxury car or simply a nice car, the S60's sophisticated flavor seems to agree with American drivers.