Recall Alert: 2014 Volvo S60, S80, XC60 and XC70

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 7,767 model-year 2014 versions of the S60, S80, XC60 and XC70. Only vehicles equipped with keyless ignition are affected.

The Problem: The Central Electronic Control Module may not function correctly, causing the windshield wipers to run continuously and the turn signals, high beams and headlights to malfunction; cruise control may also not work. This could lead to a crash.

By Jennifer Geiger | September 9, 2013 | Comments (1)

Volvo Announces Pricing on 2014 Lineup

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Volvo announced pricing this week for its 2014 lineup, across which exterior updates and technological enhancements have been made. Powertrains carry over from the previous year and include the 250-horsepower T5; 240-hp, 3.2-liter six-cylinder; 300-hp, turbocharged T6; and the Swedish automaker's most powerful engine, the turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder, which makes 325 hp and 354 pounds-feet of torque. Click on each of the models for details on what’s changed for 2014 on the S60 sedan, S80 sedan, XC70 wagon and XC60 compact SUV; the XC90 SUV continues virtually unchanged.

New offerings for the 2014 model year include the Adaptive Digital TFT Display instrument cluster that allows drivers to choose between three themes — Elegance, Eco and Performance — all with different configurations and functionality, Volvo stated. New paddle shifters, coupled with the automaker's Advanced Quick Shift transmission-optimization software, are said to improve the speed of each gear change, increasing zero-to-60-mph times by as much as 0.4 seconds on some models. Safety equipment debuting for 2014 includes pedestrian and cyclist detection with full auto brake, cross-traffic alert and a new radar-based blind spot monitoring system.

By Matt Schmitz | August 2, 2013 | Comments (1)

Luxury Wagons Work to Woo Families

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I'm a wagon lover, and I'm not ashamed to say it. If things went my way, I'd have one of those big, wood-paneled ones in my driveway right now. However, most Americans don't share my enthusiasm for the old-school wagon. They have no idea what they're missing out on because today's wagons are often quite luxurious — and lacking in wood paneling.

With many of today's wagons focusing on luxury, these original grocery-getters have gotten pricey. A short list of wagons — Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen — can be had for less than $25,000.

Several luxury automakers are doing their best to woo families with high-end wagons, but they're not always as family-friendly as you'd think:

By Carrie Kim | February 26, 2013 | Comments (13)

2014 Volvo XC70: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: New multimedia system and gauge cluster; minor exterior styling tweaks
  • Price change: TBA
  • On sale: This summer
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? If you think the wagon needs a style and tech features boost, go for the 2014.

Volvo's wagon hasn't been significantly revised since model-year 2008, but for 2014, the XC70 sees a host of interior and exterior updates. The XC70 will make its debut next month at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show with a slightly more rugged looking exterior and a new multimedia system.

On the outside, the grille is wider and houses an enlarged Volvo badge. There are also updated headlights, redesigned taillights, more matte silver trim bits outside, and the black body cladding below the beltline has been extended to surround the fog lights.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 20, 2013 | Comments (2)

Black Friday: Best Cars for Serious Shoppers

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A successful Black Friday shopping trip is all in the planning. Bargain hunters study store ads and websites as though they're cramming for a test, and now they have less time to do so as several major chains — Sears, Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us — will open their doors on Thanksgiving evening instead of 4 or 5 a.m. the Friday after Thanksgiving.

There's one thing that Black Friday shoppers can plan before the deal-laden store circulars arrive: which car to take.

Black Friday shoppers might think bigger is better — big SUVs, minivans — when it comes to picking a car for hauling all their bargains. They're not wrong, especially if they're hoping to bag a gigantic flat-screen TV at a low price. But nimble, small cars in busy parking lots shouldn't be left out of the Black Friday fun. Here are our top picks for Black Friday haulers.

By Jennifer Newman | November 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Volvo S80 and XC70

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Volvo is recalling 300 model-year 2013 versions of the S80 sedan and XC70 wagon because of problems with the tire pressure monitoring system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A software error may prevent the tire pressure warning system from alerting the driver when a tire is low on air. Underinflated tires could result in a blowout and possible crash.

Volvo has not yet provided an owner notification schedule, but dealers will replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Volvo at -800-458-1552 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 4, 2012 | Comments (1)

NHTSA Fines Volvo $1.5 Million

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The automaker who worked to make its name synonymous with "safety" is being fined for not reporting safety recalls in a timely manner. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Volvo Cars North America has agreed to pay a $1.5 million penalty to settle the charge.

NHTSA's investigation found that in 2010 Volvo failed to issue six safety recalls within the amount of time required by law, as was the case with a seventh recall reported in 2012. Under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, automakers have five business days to notify NHTSA after determining a defect exists.

By Jennifer Geiger | July 5, 2012 | Comments (4)

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Volvo XC70

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To Volvo, "station wagon" isn't a dirty word, and nor should it be, says Cars.com Senior Family Editor Kristin Varela. The XC70 is a comfortable and practical family hauler, though its retro-boxy exterior could use some updating, according to Varela. Volvo's wagon redeems itself inside, however, with a spacious interior and plenty of cargo room.

2012 Volvo XC70 Review

By Jennifer Geiger | June 27, 2012 | Comments (3)

Volvo Incentive Offers Two Months of Free Payments

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During its summer sales event, Volvo is offering longer free-maintenance plans on its 2013 models and is allowing buyers to waive the first two months of finance or lease payments on its 2012 models.

There's a catch, though. The waived payments have a cash limit and must be financed through U.S. Bank. Also, Volvo's longer maintenance schedule for its 2013 models includes fewer, more spread out service intervals than were offered on its 2012 and 2011 models.

By Colin Bird | June 14, 2012 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Volvo XC70

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If you have one or two children and like a bit of luxury with your practicality, the 2012 Volvo XC70 is worth a look, says Cars.com Family contributor Courtney Messenbaugh. While this five-seat wagon is versatile, it lacks great fuel economy and a bevy of cupholders (it only has four).

2012 Volvo XC70 Review

By Jennifer Newman | May 17, 2012 | Comments (0)

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