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2013 Volvo S60 Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - January 10, 2013

In 2001, Volvo debuted the S60, a sports sedan to take on the likes of the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. In 2020, the S60 underwent a huge redesign in an effort to keep up with the times. For the 2013 model year, the S60 carries over with some minor revisions within each trim level.

The 2013 S60 comes in three main designs – T5, T6 and T6 R-Design – with a smattering of trim levels for each design. For the 2013 model year, the T5 trim level sees changes to its engine, increasing compression and lowering friction, a 0.4-second drop in its 0-to-60 mph time, new standard features (rain-sensing wipers, headlight washers and polished dual exhaust), and a shuffling of its trim levels. In 2013, the T6 design sees the addition of standard rain-sensing wipers, headlight washers, power passenger seat, keyless drive with Personal Car Communicator and power moonroof, a new exterior color, and a shuffling of its trim levels. For the 2013 model year, the T6 R-Design receives larger brake rotors, the addition of standard rain-sensing wipers, headlight washers and accessory-prep cable, and the same trim-level shuffling as the T5 and T6 designs.

Within the T5 segment, you have four basic trim levels: Base, Premier, Premier Plus and Platinum. The T6 offers up three trim levels: Base, Premier Plus and Platinum. Lastly, the R-Design comes in only a pair of trim levels, Base and Platinum.

The largest difference between the T5, T6 and T6 R-Design packages are their drivetrains. The T5 series comes with a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that delivers a respectable 250 horsepower. In its base front-wheel-drive configuration, the T5 sprints to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. With all-wheel drive – an available option – the T5 loses a little quickness, dropping it to 6.6 seconds to 60 mph. The T6 and T6 R-Design trims all come with a 300-horsepower in-line six-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. These models hit 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. Every S60 model has an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph.

In terms of mpg, the T5 tops the list at 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway with front-wheel drive, and 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with all-wheel drive. The T6 and T6 R-Design models get 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

Competition is plentiful for the Volvo S60 and it starts out with the 2013 BMW 3-Series, which comes standard with a 2.0-liter engine with 240 horsepower, leatherette interior and a six-speed manual transmission. Next up is the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which comes standard with a 1.8-liter engine with 201 horsepower, a 7.4-second sprint to 60 mph and MB-Tex vinyl upholstery. Next is the 2013 Audi A4, which features a 2.0-liter engine with 211 horsepower, a continuously-variable transmission and leather interior. Lastly you have the 2013 Acura TL, which comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 280 horsepower, a 6.5-second sprint to 60 mph and leather interior.

With all of this competition, the S60 needs to prove its worth to remain competitive in its segment.

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