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2015 Volvo S60 T5
BY JERAMY GORDON
On the surface, the 2015 Volvo S60 is your typical, run-of-the-mill midsize sedan. But when you open the hood and really start to explore everything the powerful four-door has to offer, itís obvious the S60 is a breakthrough in not just speed and efficiency, but technology and safety as well. Volvo is known for its dedication to safety; however, itís one of the only brands to maintain a distinct look and feel across all of its models as well. Long gone are the square, boxy looking Volvos of yesteryear. Still, the Scandinavian automaker has managed to hang on to its roots; making Volvo one of the most recognizable cars on the road. With smooth lines and touch of throwback styling, Volvo has brought its cars into the 21st Century while never veering from its solid roots. At first glance, it appears as though not much has changed on the S60, now in its sixth year of production, since it was redesigned for 2014. But appearances can be deceiving. In terms of performance and technology, the 2015 S60 is an entirely new car. First, the sedan gets a pair of new, more efficient inline four-cylinder engines, which beat out previous models in both power and fuel economy ó front-wheel drive only though. Volvo jams both a supercharger and a turbocharger into the four-cylinders, giving the compact sedan immense power. Competing head on with the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Volvo new it had to bring its A Game to the S60 Ė and it did. The 2-liter, turbocharged, 240-horsepower inline four packs a serious punch, rocketing from zero to 60 in under 7 seconds. The eight-speed automatic transmission is one of the smoothest Iíve tested and is partially responsible for the S60ís 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway fuel economy. My lead foot and I averaged about 29 mpg. But itís not just performance that makes the S60 stand out. Something else major happened to the striking sedan that canít be seen, heard or felt. Keeping with tradition, Volvo has gone to a whole new level when it comes to safety, bringing modern technology to a car like no automaker ever has before. The S60, like all other new Volvos, is loaded with every driver aid imaginable. Blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and assist, driver alertness warnings, parking sensors, and a head-on collision system with both audio and visual cues, means the car beeps at you Ö a lot. But it was actually useful and not annoying at all. A $1,500 tech package adds even more goodies, such as adaptive cruise control ó my favorite ó an auto braking system that kicks in when a collision is eminent, automatic dimming bright headlights, auto parallel parking, and a fancy sensor system that can actually read road signs and display the speed limit on your dash. Now thatís fancy. And all of it is beautifully displayed on LCD screens throughout what I believe is one of the most well designed cabins in its class. All that and I havenít even gotten to Vovloís Sensus system ó an Internet-connected app-based system that features a refreshed user interface with a number of innovative functions offering customers a fully connected experience. The cloud-based services allow the driver to find and pay for parking from the car, discover new restaurants at the destination, stream music seamlessly and much more. You can also have text messages read aloud without taking hands off the wheel. From the app, the driver can start and stop the engine remotely, check to make sure the doors and windows and shut and locked, and track the carís whereabouts. Youíll never misplace your Volvo again with this kind of technology at your finger tips. The S60 is reasonably priced at $33,750 for a base model. The test car with the $6,250 platinum package, including all the fun technology and an upgraded engine, was still surprisingly affordable at $44,125.