Does the World Need the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country?

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Not since the extinction of Subaru's Legacy Outback has an off-road-focused crossover sedan been so bold as to even exist. Until now. Volvo is betting on the new S60 Cross Country luxury sedan as yet another way to strut its Swedish quirkiness.

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So just who would buy an S60 sedan pumped up with an extra 2.5 inches of ground clearance? According to Joe Haslem, brand manager for Volvo's entire S60 range, "It's for someone who's grown up out of a Subaru WRX, but is SUV averse. They spend their weekends skiing or exploring wineries." They also might be wagon averse as Volvo revealed the V60 Cross Country late last year.

By Kristin Varela | January 13, 2015 | Comments (3)

Volvo Expands S60 Lineup With Inscription Model

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If a raised version of the S60 sedan isn't what Volvo sedan shoppers are looking for, then maybe it's an extra-long version. Volvo unveiled the S60 Cross Country ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and the S60 Inscription will follow.

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The Inscription offers 3.4 inches of additional rear legroom, which Volvo says results in best-in-class space. Aside from the extra length, the model will wear premium materials, including linear Walnut trim and silk metal detailing, as well as Inscription badging. Power will come from the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder T5 unit with front- and all-wheel drive.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (2)

Volvo Announces 2016 S60 Cross Country

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On the heels of Volvo announcing a Cross Country version of its new V60 compact wagon, the automaker said it plans to give the same treatment to its midsize sedan, the S60, calling it "the sole contender in the crossover sedan segment." The 2016 S60 Cross Country will make its debut on the Volvo stage next week at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Like the V60 Cross Country, modifications to the new S60 model include an additional 2.5 inches of ground clearance compared to the regular version and a more rugged-looking appearance hinting at its increased off-road abilities. Visual cues distinguishing it include front and rear skid plates, side scuff plates and fender extenders.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 9, 2015 | Comments (6)

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1. 2015 Subaru Outback
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4. 2014 Honda CR-V
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By Matt Schmitz | August 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

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5. 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
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10. 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek 

By Matt Schmitz | July 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars

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Every year hundreds of new-car models are introduced and enter the research process for millions of car shoppers. The dizzying number of choices sometimes shrouds from the masses what are good cars.

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Here are 10 cars that Cars.com's editors agree are overlooked due to no fault of each vehicle's own substantial merits.

 

1. 2015 Mazda6

The Mazda6 is one of the rare family sedans that is both fun to drive and fuel-efficient; it's rated as high as 28/40/32 mpg city/highway/combined with an automatic transmission and the optional GT Technology Package, which includes regenerative braking and active grille shutters. But even the base automatic gets 38 on the highway. Good cabin quality, intuitive controls, comfortable seating and a striking design also fall into the Mazda's favor.

By David Thomas | July 23, 2014 | Comments (10)

2015 Volvo S60 Review

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"While Volvo has built a reputation for safety, the 2015 S60 succeeds because it is a powerful, agile sedan," said Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley. Check out Hanley's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 18, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Volvo S60: Car Seat Check

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After an update for 2014, Volvo's sedan gets a new powertrain and some additional safety features for 2015. Although the S60 blurs the line between compact and midsize, the sedan easily accommodated two child-safety seats in our Car Seat Check, with ample room and accessible Latch anchors.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | June 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Volvo S60 Polestar Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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This isn't just a standard-model sedan with a token badge and some performance styling cues. The 2015 Volvo S60 Polestar sedan — now bowing at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, along with wagon sibling the V60 Polestar — takes its track-ready theme seriously, particularly with regard to its turbocharged six-cylinder engine, which provides 345 horsepower and thrusts the sedan from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

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The performance-ready powertrain is assisted by new suspension, brakes, chassis and engine hardware, while the standard six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system work in tandem with new steering-wheel-affixed paddle shifters. No pricing is available yet on this limited-release vehicle, but it should be available closer to its summer dealership date. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | February 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volvo's Quickest Cars Yet To Have Extremely Limited Supply

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Volvo's notoriety as a performance brand is practically non-existent compared to its reputation for safety. We've seen a few R-Design models in the past with sporty intentions, but that name is more bark than bite with mostly appearance add-ons.

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Enter Polestar, Volvo's performance tuner that co-developed 2015 Polestar editions of the S60 sedan and V60 wagon to the tune of 345 horsepower that's good for zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds; Volvo says the pair are its quickest production cars to date. More than simply a badge and fancy wheels, the S60 and V60 Polestars have new suspension, brake, chassis and engine hardware to amplify performance credibility.

Volvo announced at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show that only 120 examples of the sedan and wagon are planned for sale in the U.S. when Polestars arrive at dealerships this summer.

By Joe Bruzek | February 7, 2014 | Comments (1)

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