Intro: Carried over from a 2011 update, the S60 has reinvented the image of Volvo's mid-size family sedan. The new look is softer and rounder than past Volvos with swooping headlights and wrap-around taillights.
Features: But the S60 is more than just a pretty new face. Its available pedestrian detection system is revolutionary. Using a system of infrared sensors to detect a person or larger animal in its path, the S60 will automatically apply the brakes if the driver fails to do so.
Performance: The base engine is a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5 sending 250 horsepower to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic. Need a little more power? Opt for the 3-liter twin-turbo inline-6. It sends a robust 300 horsepower through a 6-speed automatic transmission to all-wheel drive.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2012 Volvo S60 is $31,150. A range-topping R-Design model starts at $42,500. The S60 is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With a potent turbocharged powerplant and game-changing styling, Volvo's mid-sized sedan has morphed into quite the sporty looker. And with innovative features like the pedestrian detection system, the 2012 Volvo S60 continues to deliver the high level of safety, synonymous with the Volvo name.