Volvo S60 News & Awards

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Awards and Accolades

IIHS Top Safety Pick+

The Volvo S60 earned the Top Safety Pick+ award for it's high marks in front, side, roof strength and rear crash protection, in addition to earning the top rating of Good in the Small Overlap Frontal Crash Test.

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IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus

USAA Preferred Best Value Midsize Luxury Sedan

Noting that it’s the least expensive model to insure in the category, leading financial services firm USAA named the 2012 Volvo S60 the Best Value Midsize Luxury Sedan. We couldn’t agree more.

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5-Star Crash Test Rating

The 2012 Volvo S60 earned 5-Stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in all crash tests and positions tested, including rollover. Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (

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Volvo S60 NHTSA 5 Star Rating

International Car of the Year (ICOTY)

At the New York International Auto Show, the International Car of the Year (ICOTY) jury awarded the All-New Volvo S60 the International Sedan of the Year award and deemed it “Most Dependable”.

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Volvo S60 ICOTY Award

Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Award

Calling out its “beautifully angular door panels to the floating center stack” and declaring its head restraints a sexy safety device, the reviewers at Ward’s have included the Volvo S60 in their list of Ward’s 10 Best Interiors.

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Volvo S60 – Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Award

Vincentric’s 2011 Best Value in America

A first time winner in 2011, the All-New Volvo S60 won Vincentric's 2011 Best Value in America award for its better-than-average maintenance and repair costs, strong fuel economy, and low insurance costs.

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Volvo S60 Vincentric Award

Automobile magazine All-Star Award

Each year, the editorial staff of Automobile magazine choose only ten vehicles for their annual All-Star award. Not surprisingly, the All-New Volvo S60 is one of the recipients of this prestigious award.

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Volvo S60 Automobile magazine All-Star Award

Ward’s 10 Best Engines

The All-New Volvo S60 sets new standards in performance once again by becoming the first Volvo to receive a Ward’s 10 Best Engines award for its 300hp T6 turbocharged engine.

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Volvo S60 Ward's 10 Best Engines

In the News 

The Fast Lane Car

"The 2013 Volvo S60 is not only worthy of competing with the world's best, including the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Mercedes C-Class and Acura TL, it outright crushes them in nearly every subjective category."

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"With comparatively generous standard equipment levels, it shades the Germans for value quite easily."

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Automobile Magazine

"We love this Volvo for its striking design, impressive value, and understated luxury with a subtle sportiness that keeps things fun."

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"After enjoying the mass-market-friendly S60 T5, testing the T6 R-Design felt like over-indulgence. The S60 is an excellent all-around performer at an excellent price in the segment."

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NBC The Today Show

Noting that “a lot of cars” are not passing the new IIHS Small Overlap Crash test, the Today Show is also quick to point out that the Volvo S60 is one of only two luxury vehicles to receive a top rating of Good. 

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IIHS Crash Test on the Today Show

CBS This Morning

Seth Doane of CBS News reports on the surprising results of the IIHS Small Overlap Crash safety testing, and how the Volvo S60 is one of only two luxury vehicles to receive a top rating of Good. We’re not surprised. 

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IIHS Crash Test on CBS This Morning

ABC Good Morning America

According to the IIHS, only three of 11 midsize luxury and near-luxury cars earned good or acceptable ratings in the new small overlap frontal crash test. The Volvo S60 is one of only two models tested to receive the top rating of Good, as seen on ABC's GMA

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IIHS Crash Test on Good Morning America

"The Best Volvo Ever"

Always nice to see someone else call the Volvo S60 T5 a “serious contender.” Motor Trend dubbed the S60 “the Swede Surprise” after knocking out a serious contender of its own: Mercedes.

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Motor Trend

Named the “Swedish Cinderella” in Motor Trend’s Sporty Luxury Sedan Comparison, the Volvo S60 T5 came out ahead of six other competitors, including Lexus, Audi and Mercedes.

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Car and Driver

Hopping into the driver’s seat of the 2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design, pushed the limits of the 325hp engine and found that this new, sportier Volvo “finds itself in very good company—high-performance company.”

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The Auto Channel

After taking the Volvo S60 T6 R-Design around the “sports car” roads just north of Napa, The Auto Channel reviewer decreed that the “The R-Design ran quickly, smoothly, and comfortably in all climate and road conditions…”

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Edmunds’ Inside Line

Read along as Edmunds’ Inside Line takes the 2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design through the 3 miles of twists and turns of Thunderhill Raceway—a track known for punishing brakes and tires.

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Popular Mechanics – T6 R-Design review 

Giving rave reviews to the first S60 iteration, the reviewers at Popular Mechanics had this to say about the updated T6 R-Design: “The S60 R-Design is a well-priced and capable sports sedan that should lure skeptical buyers to the Volvo brand.”

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The New York Times’ Top 10 Cars  

James G. Cobb selected the All-New Volvo S60 as one of his Top 10 Cars of 2010, even going so far as to call it, “…the most exciting, endearing Volvo I’ve driven.”  

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“In a year when I've test-driven nearly 50 vehicles so far, the S60 ranks No. 1 on my report card. The fact that it saved my bacon counts heavily, but so does the overall driving experience...” Enough said.

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The Detroit Bureau 

When we brought the All-New Volvo S60 to the motor city, The Detroit Bureau’s automotive reviewer was blown away by the performance, handling and of course, the sleek new lines.

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After the All-New Volvo S60 flew around the track at the Oregon Raceway Park the reviewer from declared that this is a Volvo that “Doesn’t wear its track cred on its sleeve, but it’s there.”

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Popular Mechanics

Posing the question, “How do you take on formidable opponents like the Audi A4, BMW 3-series and Lexus IS?” Popular Mechanics found the answer after test driving the All-New Volvo S60.

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