2013 Volvo S60 T5 Automatic Sedan AWD 

  • $34k
  • 2.5L I5
  • 20 city 29 hwy
7.7 Out of 10
$33,900
 
It feels even stronger than its numbers might suggest, and while it's disappointing that there's no manual gearbox available the six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive pair for easy driving, fast acceleration, confident traction and great all-weather capability.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2012)
The 2013 Volvo S60 is sleek, aggressive, and modern on the outside-and very stylish inside.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Volvo S60

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

S60 T5
8.1
Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

S60 T5
8.2
Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

S60 T5
8.0
EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

S60 T5
6.5
combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

7.7

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

S60 T5
7.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Volvo S60

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

S60 T5
6
BMW M3
3

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

S60 T5
6
BMW M3
5

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

S60 T5
$9,122
BMW M3
$15,384
CTS Luxury
$13,248

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

S60 T5
24 MPG

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

S60 T5
$2,342
BMW M3
$3,364

Reviews Word on the street for the Volvo S60


8.4
All considering, the S60 isn't quite a track-day sport sedan, even in its R-Design trim, where it still doesn't feel as sharp as you might hope.

9.4
At this price, the S60's interior is right where it should be in terms of luxury amenities, including comfortable leather seats and upscale finishes, like the metal door handles and thick steering wheel.

7.9
Although our one and – up-to-now – only driving experience in the 2013 S60 T5 with all-wheel drive (AWD) was a lengthy one, it did not include rain, snow, hail.

Overall

8.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

In addition to all the expected safety features-such as front, side, and side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; and stability and traction control-what sets the S60 apart is its safety technology.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2012)
It will actively pre-charge the brakes and apply them if it senses a collision is imminent.
by cars.com (May, 2013)
Although even at the top of the performance ladder, the R-Design models might not quite deliver the sharp-edged performance weekend-racer types want.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2012)

Styling

It does so much right that, even though the R-Design doesn't make that many missteps, we wonder to whom it will really speak.
by cars.com (May, 2013)
2013 Volvo S60 T6 models provide strong, well-rounded performance, while R-Design models don't quite deliver the track-day chops they tease.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2012)
From the outside, the 2013 S60 R Design model somehow manages to make it look even more aggressive, with a rear diffuser, sport tailpipes, a spoiler, special wheels, and other R Design elements.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2012)

Handling

luck, we can report that the S60 with all-wheel drive offers road poise and confidence that surpass the already high levels of the front-wheel-drive (FWD) version.
by KBB (May, 2013)
To go with it, the R Design gets a unique tuned suspension system standard, offering crisper handling and sportier ride.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2012)
The 4C dynamic chassis system in the T6 makes it the pick of the bunch for combining performance and comfort; T6 models get driver-selectable steering feel, too.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2012)

Powertrain

The Volvo S60 models don't stand out among sporty compact sedans; and with the recent introduction of turbocharged four-cylinder engines from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, the S60 is now looking near the back of the pack with respect to fuel economy.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2012)
In both the S60 T6 and R-Design models, the engine is smooth, strong, and sweet-sounding, with an uninterrupted rush of power when you need it.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2012)
The only disappointment here is the six-speed automatic transmission, which doesn't always respond as quickly as you might hope for a sport sedan-and it lacks full manual control and paddle shifters.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2012)

Interior

Otherwise a climate package adds heated front seats, while rear heated seats and a blind-spot system are offered as standalone options.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2012)
Volvo used to be known as the safe luxury brand, but with models like the S60, it's making a name for itself as the practical luxury brand — and the automaker should wave that banner proudly.
by cars.com (May, 2013)
Facing off against the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and other terrific sedans is no easy task, but the Volvo S60 brings eye-catching exterior styling, a well-tailored interior and a wealth of innovative safety equipment into the fray.
by KBB (May, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Volvo
Body style Sedan
Model year 2013
City range 356 miles
Highway range 516 miles
MSRP $34k
Annual cost $9,122

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.5L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders I5
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 4x4

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 8 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system Optional, $1,800

features

Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system Optional, $795
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering N/A
Power windows Standard

emissions

EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 6
Combined CO2/mile 375 g
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No

power & handling

Max torque 266 ft-lb @ 1,800 RPM
Max HP 250 HP @ 5,400 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 14.81 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.1 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 11.81 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.89 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 215 mm
Front wheel diameter 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 50

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
Airbags
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 73.4 in
Front track width 62.1 in
Height 58.4 in
Ground clearance 5.4 in
Length 182.2 in
Wheelbase 109.3 in
Curb weight 3,702 lb
Tow weight 3,300 pounds
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 53 ft³
Rear seat room 40 ft³
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