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2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD Long-Term Update 4

Have I Got the Car for You!

Jonny Lieberman
Aug 15, 2013
Photographers: Motor Trend Staff
I can't stop recommending this car to people. As you may imagine, in my line of work I am than constantly asked by friends, family, and strangers what car they should buy. More and more, I find myself answering this perennial question by recommending the Volvo S60 T5 AWD. Does familiarity breed puppy love? Maybe just a little, but there's some logic at work, too. The S60 is complete enough to appeal to a diverse group of folks. Here are three:
The first person I recommended the Volvo to is a new mom friend of mine who asked the most stereotypical Los Angeles car question extant: Should I buy a Prius? As she's a moderately successful screenwriter, I told her absolutely not -- buy yourself a nice car. She's been very happy with her T5 AWD for the past six months. She even mentioned how much more she enjoys driving around L.A. in a "nice car." Go figure. And of course, with a precious toddler in the back seat, she really likes that the S60 is in the safest 9 percent of 2013 vehicles you can buy.
Photo 2/11   |   2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD Front Three Quarters
I also recommended the S60 to a friend of mine who's on his second WRX wagon (third if you count his old Saab 9-2X). Think about it: The S60 T5 is turbocharged and intercooled, plus AWD. True, there's no manual transmission and there's no wagon, but the NVH is worlds better and the seats even more so. He's interested, but not in the T5. This guy craves the 300-horsepower T6 version. Fair enough. As a WRX owner myself, I totally get the connection and the appeal, though come on Volvo, manual and wagon, let's go. This particular friend also has a young child and safety is -- of course – a concern.
Finally, and possibly most amazing of all, is my mother. My wife and I took her out for dinner the other night and she's very interested. She flipped over the Volvo's gorgeous interior. She loved the burnt orange leather covering so many surfaces, and the look of the central waterfall. She especially likes the $38K price. And since she doesn't need AWD, that money can go into a navigation system and for her, an all-important backup camera. Plus, it's my mother -- she needs a safe car, says me. Hey, if you need a safe, practical, reasonably priced, fun-to-drive, luxurious four-door, it's hard to do better than the S60. There are very few cars that hold such appeal for so many.

Our Car
Service life 10 mo/16,029 mi
Average fuel economy 22.2 mpg
CO2 emissions 0.87 lb/mi
Energy consumption 152 kW-hrs/100 mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $0 (oil change, inspection)
Normal-wear cost $0

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