Most reviewers come away impressed with the 2012 Volvo XC60. It delivers a striking design aesthetic, an upscale interior, comfortable ride and handling, and great safety performance and handling. Testers point out that the XC60 isn't particularly big, however, so it's not particularly well suited to hauling copious amounts of cargo. The upside, they say, is that the Volvo crossover is an engaging drive overall, though reviews indicate the 2012 Acura MDX (Base MSRP: $43,030 to $52,655) is likely a superior performer and the 2013 Lexus RX 350 (Base MSRP: $39,310 to $40,710), is a more traditionally plush alternative.
Though its base price is lower than a number of other premium-brand SUVs, reviewers say that the optional turbocharged inline 6 (300 or 325 horsepower, with the higher figure belonging to the X60 R-Design) is the engine to get, as the base, non-turbo 240-horsepower inline is "noticeably slower," as Edmunds.com puts it. Note that if high performance is not of primary importance to you (reviewers almost always prefer the more powerful engine offerings in different vehicles), the base engine may be entirely satisfactory.
The 2012 Volvo XC60's available features are reshuffled into various trim levels, and a sportier Dynamic package is offered for the T6 AWD model. Otherwise, it's essentially a carryover. Our full report on the 2010 Volvo XC60 contains a detailed summary of reviewer feedback.
Experts like to point out that the Volvo XC60 has stellar crash-test results, advanced safety equipment and family-friendly interior touches. The XC60 gets the highest possible crash-test scores from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Features like two integrated child car seats, along with good ingress and egress, are welcome attributes for families, testers note.
EPA Fuel Economy Estimates
19 mpg city
25 mpg highway
21 mpg combined
NHTSA Safety Ratings:
Front Offset Impact: 5 stars
Side Impact: 5 stars
Rollover Resistance: 4 stars
Overall: 5 stars
IIHS Safety Ratings:
Front Offset Impact: Good
Side Impact: Good
Roof Strength: Good
Top Safety Pick 2012
The editors of Edmunds.com cover every new car with detailed but succinct overviews, including the 2012 Volvo XC60.
Review: 2012 Volvo XC60, Editors of Edmunds.com
Aside from the shifting of trim levels and sub-models, the 2012 Volvo XC60 is essentially unchanged from previous model years. Check out our report on the 2010 for complete details on what the experts think about the XC60.
Review: 2010 Volvo XC60, Editors of ConsumerSearch.com, July 2010
The 2012 Volvo XC60 with front-wheel drive and its 3.2-liter base V6 engine gets an estimated 21 mpg combined, and the more powerful turbocharged V6 gets 20 mpg combined.
Review: 2012 Volvo XC60, U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency
The 2012 Volvo XC60 does exceedingly well in government crash testing, receiving the highest possible 5-star rating for overall safety.
Review: 2012 Volvo XC60, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the 2012 Volvo XC60 as a Top Safety Pick for 2012, indicating that it gets the best possible scores in a battery of tests.
Review: Volvo XC60, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety