Table of Contents – Editorial Car Reviews, Feature Articles

Tuesday October 11th, 2011 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek


Below is a comprehensive list of all the Expert Car Reviews and feature articles published on [updated 10/11/2011]:

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2011 Volvo XC60 R-Design Review – It’s got the brawn, but who’s got the brains?

Tuesday August 2nd, 2011 at 4:88 PM
Posted by: bclark

2011 Volvo XC60
By Bill Clark


  • Turbo V6 feels like a V8
  • Exterior and interior styling
  • Very comfortable
  • Versatile cargo capabilities


  • Mind-baffling electronics
  • Useless proximity key
  • R-design rear bumper not compatible with receiver hitch

Having tested a number of small crossovers, I can say with certainty that the Volvo XC60 is almost the perfect family crossover and certainly one that provides enough ‘fun factor’ to entertain car enthusiasts. I never expected to say that about a Volvo crossover. If it wasn’t for the frustrating vehicle electronics menu systems, I’d call it perfect.

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Discover Volvo's Overseas Program and Win a Dream Vacation

Thursday April 7th, 2011 at 10:44 AM
Posted by: Derek


Volvo. Sweden. You.

Discover Volvo’s Overseas Program and Enter to Win a Dream Vacation at

ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (April 7, 2011) – Volvo Cars of North America’s (VCNA) Overseas Delivery Program has become the number one European overseas delivery service by offering car buyers an opportunity to save money and an unforgettable way to pick up their new vehicle – straight from the factory in Sweden. Now, for the third year, VCNA, along with VisitSweden, Tourism in Skåne and the West Swedish Tourist Board are bringing back their sweepstakes and offering a chance for two lucky people to win a dream vacation in West Sweden and Skåne.

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2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD First Impressions Review

Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 at 11:22 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By contributing editor David Colman


  • Succinct styling
  • Swedish modern dash and center stack
  • Mega grip from AWD


  • Intrusive Technology Package
  • No manual transmission available
  • Lack of paddles on Geartronic automatic

We’ve had cars nagging us for so many years now that we’ve become virtually immune to their strident demands. But seat belt warning buzzers and door-open chimes seem so quaintly 20th century in the face of the brave new world Volvo has wrought with their all new 21st century S60. If you order a base model S60 T6, you’ll pay $37,700 for a comfortable, stylish and competent GT car with lots of solid virtues, like a 300hp turbocharged engine, all-wheel-drive, and plenty of room for 4, or 5 in a pinch. The trunk is large, the rear seats fold flat to convert the S60 into a mini-wagon, and the level of fit and finish in the cabin is Swedish fastidious.

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2011 Volvo S60 Review – Naughty by Nature

Friday January 28th, 2011 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: gmchan_66

By Gary Chan


  • Impressive engine and suspension
  • Quiet cockpit
  • Driver comfort and controls
  • Active Cruise Control


  • Lack of keyless entry at this price point
  • Navigation input/lag and interface
  • Rear visibility with tall/thick C-pillar that reach the taillamps
  • Bluetooth setup

My family owned a sky blue 1974 Volvo 144 sedan that we purchased new and had for a number of years. My childhood memories of that large car include its heavy feel, slow acceleration and sleeping steering. Absolutely nothing that would stir the senses. Fast forward 37-years, and times have sure changed for the better. Light, nimble, and fast (complete opposites of the 144) are the adjectives I’d use to describe the new redesigned S60 during my long weekend with the car.

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CarReview's Best SUV and Crossover Choices of 2010

Monday October 18th, 2010 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

best_suv_crossover_2010_300x230Five Standout SUVs/Crossovers – CarReview’s Recommendations for 2010

By Greg Gaillard and the CarReview editorial team

In the 1990s when the practical minivan began to seem passé, consumers turned their heads and wallets to the fledgling Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) market for some excitement to suit their new active lifestyles. The watchful eye of corporate marketing caught the emerging trend and aggressively promoted the ready-for-anything aura of the new Ford Explorer and instantly identifiable Jeep Cherokee. It worked.

Over the next 20 years manufacturers have refined the SUV from an inefficient 4 door truck glazed with rugged styling into some of the more sophisticated vehicles on the market. The crossover refinements have spawned a dizzying array of choices all called SUV or some variation if SUV (Think BMW’s sports activity vehicle designation for its X-series). While today’s models are much better than their forbearers, picking the best SUV/crossover is not as easy as it once was.

CarReview believes the current market has some great SUVs that do something better than the rest. To select the top 5, contributors used criteria that align with the original vision for the segment.

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2010 Volvo C30 R-Design Review – A Saint for the 21st Century

Tuesday September 7th, 2010 at 12:99 PM
Posted by: the911guy

By Dan Tsuchiya


  • Overall attractive styling that brings back the P1800 for the 21st century
  • Zippy engine with power that comes on very early utilizing great torque
  • Built for cold weather
  • Tight cornering prowess always has you looking for the next turn


  • Front seats a bit narrow on the bottom half and no headrest adjustment
  • Price with options getting close to a 1-series BMW
  • Not built for warm climates
  • With good handling comes a stiff suspension

Few shows were as popular in Britain in the 1960s as “The Saint”. The show starred Roger Moore as Simon Templar, a spy with a penchant for gorgeous cars. The classic image of Roger Moore driving his Volvo 1800 sports car in the 1960′s TV show, “The Saint”, endures even today.

On the other side of the Atlantic, hatchbacks have never been largely accepted in the United States except when they were disguised as sports cars like the XKE, 240Z, RX-7, and Pinto (sorry scratch that last one). The Volvo C30, which is a peppy little four seat hot-hatch, comes in deep into competitive territory with the Mazdaspeed3, WRX, GTI, and even the tidy little MINI Cooper S. We would like to think that the Volvo C30 can stand up to its peers, but you be the judge.

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Volvo's Collision Avoidance System Fails, Result Is A S60 Swedish Pancake

Tuesday May 11th, 2010 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2011 Volvo S60 CrashHuman error is likely to blame for new safety system failure

Volvo has been touting its collision avoidance system on the new 2011 S60, but there is one problem, in a recent test the system didn’t work. With no driver on board, the S60 slammed into the back of a truck. Evidently the failure was a result of the avoidance system being disabled.

In Volvo’s defense, the system was working perfectly earlier in the day. During the last test, a crash-test-dummy was stuffed into the driver seat and sent on its way. Volvo is claiming the car’s battery was not working right and as a result the system was disabled. Perhaps the system is disabled when the battery is low?

Video of Volvo’s “oopsy” after the jump

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All-New 2011 Volvo S60 – A jaywalker's best friend

Thursday February 11th, 2010 at 10:22 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2011 volvo s60Eight engine options and new safety tech round out the new S60

Volvo has lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding the new S60 and we how have details on the finalized specs of the car. If you read our last article about the new 2011 S60, there will be few surprises. Earlier this week, the Swedish automaker spilled the beans about the new safety features and engine options available in the S60.

Like everybody expected, the S60 features Pedestrian Detection. This new safety system is a first for any car and at speeds under 21 miles per hour apply full braking power to bring the S60 to a complete stop. At higher speeds, the system will try to slow down the car as much as possible to minimize injury to the pedestrian. The system uses both a camera and radar system to detect pedestrians.

The system even pre-boosts the brake system to be ready to deliver maximum stopping power as soon as the safety system detects danger. Volvo claims this technology will reduce pedestrian fatality risk by 20 to 85 percent. The S60 will also apply the brakes if it detects a possible collision with another car or any other stationary object.

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Volvo Releases Teaser Video for the 2011 S60

Thursday February 4th, 2010 at 8:22 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2011 Volvo S60A Volvo drifting in the desert! Really?

Volvo has released an exciting new teaser video showing off the all-new 2011 S60 a month ahead of its public unveiling. The advertisement shows the new Swedish car blasting down the highway and drifting in the desert with dramatic music blaring in the background.

Much of the new S60 is still a mystery, but expect to see the existing five and six-cylinder engines to carry over. It has been rumored that a direct-injected, turbocharged, 1.6-liter will also be included in the engine lineup. There may even be a hybrid model in the future.

In the transmission department, a standard six-speed manual will hopefully be included. More than likely, a six-speed automatic will be standard. The video shows for a brief second the driver shifting an automatic transmission. In a video trying to show off just how sporty the new S60 is, Volvo really should of shown a manual transmission instead of the automatic.

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