2012 Volvo S60

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Volvo S60. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22-25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    250-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • T6 performance
  • Stylish design
  • Wealth of safety features

The Bad

  • Front overhang is a little long
  • Manual transmission not offered

Notable Features of the 2012 Volvo S60

  • New T5 and T6 R-Design models
  • New 250-hp, turbo five-cylinder for T5
  • New 325-hp, turbo six-cylinder for T6 R-Design
  • Pedestrian collision avoidance technology
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

A very good first car

by Tharper518 from Charlotte, North Carolina on October 17, 2018

This was my first car out of high school and it has been a reliable companion over the 4 years of ownership. Like many know Volvos are both safe and practical and this car has met all of my needs. It ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great ride

by Volvofam913 on August 16, 2018

Bought used at 94k miles - still runs like it?s fresh out of the factory. Excellent handling, absorbs bumps like they?re nothing. Very comfortable to ride in. Good turn radius, responsive breaking and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Volvo S60 currently has 6 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Volvo S60 T5

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Overall evaluation
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Volvo
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 5 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    130-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S60 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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