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2023 Volvo S60 on Everyman Driver

This year Volvo adds subtle styling updates to the S60’s front and rear ends, and every version gets a hybrid powertrain. The biggest news for techies is that an updated Google-based infotainment system is standard equipment. In addition, Volvo has reconfigured the trim levels, replacing Momentum, Inscription, and R-Design with Core, Plus, and Ultimate. It also now offers fewer options for each trim.

The Volvo S60 is an excellent sedan when solitude, style, and tech are paramount. We like the smooth and quiet ride provided by its softly tuned suspension. It remains comfortable even after hours behind the wheel. Part of that comes from an excellent cabin. Volvo’s interior design is not only chic but also well-equipped and fitted with premium materials that feel upscale and are pleasant to the touch. Volvo has long offered supportive seats in its cars, and the S60 is no exception.

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The standard mild hybrid 2.0-liter powertrain delivers a reasonable 247 horsepower and is offered in both front- or all-wheel drive. The more efficient front-wheel-drive models hit an impressive 30 mpg for combined city and highway driving. And the powertrain provides just enough thrust to make most buyers happy. For those who want electric-only range combined with more engaging acceleration, the all-wheel-drive S60 Recharge (reviewed separately) offers 400 hp. Downside? The plug-in hybrid is more expensive.

The S60 is a solid sport sedan choice, as long as “sport” isn’t the main priority. This S60 isn’t quite as athletic and rewarding to drive on a canyon road as the BMW 3 Series or Genesis G70. But for most buyers, that’s unlikely to be a dealbreaker.

The 2023 Volvo S60 comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s part of a mild-hybrid setup; total output is 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission shifts gears, and you can choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

In daily driving, the S60 is a pleasant companion. Its engine is eager enough to add some pep to your commute; braking is sharp, and steering is precise. Still, the BMW 3 Series and Genesis G70 are sportier choices.

According to Environmental Protection Agency estimates, the 2023 Volvo S60 returns 26 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway with its base engine. Those numbers make the S60 one of the most fuel-efficient picks in its class. It is more fuel-efficient than the Audi A4 or Genesis G70.

With all-wheel drive, the S60’s fuel economy dips to 25/33 mpg city/highway.

The Volvo S60 delivers a sensible, safe, and stylish ride that happens to be fuel-efficient, too. And thanks to Google, the infotainment system is a pleasure to use. But this Volvo isn’t for all sedan buyers, as some may find it less fun to drive than competitors.

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