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Used Volvo XC60 – Cincinnati, OH

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  • Overview

    A grey 2017 used Volvo XC60 is facing left.

    If you are interested in a used Volvo XC60, you’ve come to the right place. Introduced in 2010, the first generation of the Volvo XC60 was an exciting year for this smaller utility crossover. The traditional Volvo Wagon was now officially a thing of the past, and in its place was a more fashionable, more luxuriously appointed, more twenty-first-century version of that shag carpet and vinyl classic family mover that stole the hearts and wallets of so many in the 1970s. In its place came comfortable standard leather upholstery and a cluster of trim options that gave every family the ability to choose the options that would make the drive cozy, or at least peaceful. 

    The Volvo XC60 was designed to compare to the BMW X3, taking the competition head-on with a slew of innovations that ran the gamut from safety features to entertainment and technology capabilities that pushed the standards of the market at the time. The American public was thrilled by the reboot, and the new Volvo wagon was released to rave reviews. 

    Named the 2010 International Truck of the Year, the XC60 was conscientiously engineered to re-ignite excitement about smaller SUVs. In subsequent years, Volvo has managed to replicate the recipe for success, enhancing each year’s model to gain a devour legion of followers. Since it’s heralded debut, it has won multiple awards for its ability to retain its reliability, durability, and value on the used vehicle market. Named one of the Edmunds’ Best Used SUVs and Best Used Luxury SUVs for several years, and earning Superior marks in national crash tests, Volvo XC60 manages to be a technologically relevant vehicle with competitive cargo space and fuel economy nearly a decade after its appearance on the market. 

  • 2010-2011

    A black 2011 used Volvo XC60 is parked in front of a field outside of Cincinnati, OH.

    The 2010 Volvo XC60’s design abandoned the boxy look formerly associated with the Swedish wagon and took on a more modern, accessible, aerodynamic visage. The distinctive design is more reminiscent of the SUV than that of the formidable station wagon, giving it higher street cred for sportier aesthetics. While functionality remained the key component of all the exterior features, including roof rails, privacy glass, fog lights, and adaptive HID headlights, many of the features were strictly for an improved design, including alloy wheels and a panoramic moonroof. Remote keyless entry and remote engine start features reminded drivers across the country that this was a new generation of the family vehicle.

    Looking Good From Every Angle

    The beauty of this release is that it doesn’t scream “Family Vehicle.” While it certainly doesn’t hide the fact that it can handle several passengers and plenty of cargo, it has more of a utilitarian facade, like that of the classic Subaru Outback, or even the Infiniti FX35 from the same model year. Aerodynamic and curves are in, and a smooth face with high-mounted tail lamps give take the Volvo’s appearance from “outdated” to “sporty and trendy.” 

    Interior Physiognomy

    The interior of the first generation Volvo XC60 is another place where the commitment to design is evident. Not only are the features highly functional, but they also lend to the posh environment and feel of the cabin. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and power-adjustable driver seat make sure the driver can remain comfortable no matter how long the trip, while the two-tone upholstery and wood trim give the cabin a look that’s undeniably hip. Drivers could choose between plush cloth seats or leather seats, and heated seats were offered in the front.

    Reviewers revered the front seats as super-supportive and comfortable even throughout long trips, while the rear seats offer plenty of head and leg room with a higher seat cushion design. The rear seat also features a 40/20/40 split, making the maximum cargo space of 67 cubic feet a truly versatile space, possibly for multiple trips to IKEA. 

  • 2012-2013

    A silver 2013 used Volvo XC60 is parked on a dirt road.

    Historically, Volvo earned its safety ratings by being built like an actual tank. While that stout, steadfast stance hasn’t changed in recent years, Volvo has applied technological innovations to the safety systems included in its vehicles. The 2012 release of the XC60 was one of the few vehicles in its model year to earn a perfect five-star rating in its National Highway Traffic Administration crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests for the 2012 XC60 as “Good,” the highest rating given for safety tests. It was in 2012 that the government really cracked down on making crash tests tougher, and Volvo stepped up to meet and exceed expectations. 

    Premium Safety

    As a family-oriented vehicle, the XC60 is practically required to protect all passengers. Volvo incorporated a full suite of standard safety features in every model of 2012 XC60, including their

    City Safety feature, which mitigates forward-moving low speed crashes by applying the brakes automatically when an object is detected in front of the vehicle, but the brakes aren’t already being pressed by the driver. 

    Classic features, such as anti-lock brakes, cruise control, traction control, and stability control, are imperative for long trips, as well, all of which have been integrated into all XC60 models, providing the smoothest and most comfortable ride. Also standard are front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and whiplash-preventing front seats, which give an extra sense of protection in the event of an accident.

    Trim Levels and New Variations 

    2012 was also the year that Volvo added the options of sub-trim levels to the already expansive trim package levels. The XC60 was offered in trim packages known as 3.2, T6 and T6 R-Design, which offered standard, Premier Plus, and Platinum sub-trims levels. The 3.2 gets an additional Premier sub-trim. While many features were still offered as ala carte options, including the adaptive suspension, speed-sensitive steering and adaptive headlight features that were included in the Dynamic package, each trim level managed to dress the 2012 Volvo XC60 up even further. 

    The already abundant standard features on the base 3.2 model included: 17-inch wheels, roof rails, heated mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat with memory functions, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, fabric upholstery, a leather-wrapped wheel and shifter, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The XC60 was meant to take long family trips, too, with plenty of standard entertainment options, including Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a CD player, HD radio, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, and an iPod/USB audio connection.

  • 2014

    A red 2014 used Volvo XC60 is driving on a winding road with mountains in the distance.

    The 2014 Volvo XC60 was originally offered in three trim packages: 3.2, T6 and T6 R-Design. In this model year, Volvo gave the XC60 its first major makeover. This makeover included an exterior facelift that gave it an even more stream-lined presence, and an interior that somehow managed to improve the already well-rated plush, comfortable, and roomy experience of previous generations. For fans of the brand, the updates to the engine options were among the most long-awaited features for the 2014 model year.

    Powerful Performance

    The 3.2 trim included the eponymous 3.2L V6 engine, which paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive. This engine offered 240 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, which was on the lower side for the segment, but easily boosted with some of the options available that year, including the All-Wheel Drive Sports package. 

    The T6 trim included a 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 engine, which produced 300 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. The T6 trim included six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive as standard features. The highest trim package included the most powerful engine; while the T6R-Design also included a 3.0L engine, it was designed for a higher level of power, achieving 325 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, making it among the most powerful engines in its segment.

    Optional Technology Features 

    The 2014 model included an optional Technology package which amplified the safety features of the Volvo XC60. This package included an intuitive pedestrian detection feature, which could automatically apply the brakes at full force to prevent collision with pedestrians and objects over 31 inches tall. This package also introduced driver alerts, lane change alerts, rear cross traffic alerts, and integrated child booster seats. 

    With the refresh came roomier front and rear passenger seats, 67 cubic feet of cargo room, dual temperature climate control, and a new level of designer flair throughout the cabin, making the 2014 Volvo XC60 one of the model’s best years ever.

  • 2015-2017

    A brown 2017 used Volvo XC60 is parked on a dirt road next to a river.

    Between 2014 and 2017, the Volvo XC60 went through quite a few changes. The biggest change was in the available engines. As of 2015, the Volvo offered three engines: a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, a 3.2-liter inline-6, and a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. 

    The 2015 Engines

    The 2.0L turbocharged engine came only in FWD. It gets either 240 or 302 horsepower and 258 or 295 lb-ft of torque depending on the trim. The 3.2L engine comes only on the AWD models and gets 240 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the 3.0L turbocharged engine gets 300 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque, and comes only on the AWD models as well. 

    The 2017 Engines

    2017 was the final year for the first-generation of the Volvo CX60, and it was a big one. 2017 models only have one engine, but the horsepower and torque vary between the different trims.  The engine offered is a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 cylinder engine. On the T5 model, this engine gets 240 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. On the T6 and R-Design, this engine gets 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

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