A-List Rides: 2013 Volvo XC60

It’s sleek, it’s safe, it’s classy and it lives up to all of the things you expect from a Volvo — it’s the 2013 Volvo XC60. There’s an expectation of the Volvo brand and the XC60 lives up to them all.

Whether you want a mature compact SUV or a stylish alternative to a mini-van – cause this is perfect for hauling around your family – the Volvo XC60 is a great option.

All Volvo XC60 models have a six-speed automatic transmission, and the six-cylinder engine’s power is solid – especially the powerful turbocharged T6 model that I had.

It was okay on gas as it averaged 17/23 mpg. The standard all-wheel drive model was great to drive and had a sporty feel. It was also smooth on both the highway and during city dwelling.

The interior of the Volvo XC60 is upscale and high-quality. While there were a lot of gadgets and knobs I couldn’t figure out after seven days in the vehicle, I liked the standard base features like HD Radio and Bluetooth, as well as standard safety features like class-exclusive City Safety, which helps prevent low-speed crashes.

Of the luxury features I really appreciated on the Volvo XC60 included the laminated panoramic roof with power sunshade, electronic ignition with push button start and stop, and the tilt telescope steering wheel.

Spin Control: With a price tag of $48,145 on my test model, the Volvo XC60 in an investment for a compact SUV. But for the safety options and the luxury offered, it’s an investment that those who are fans of the Volvo brand definitely won’t mind making!

Industry Status: Grade B

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