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2015 Volvo XC60: Crossover heralds driving efficiency

The government’s highest 5-Star Safety Rating is earned by the Volvo XC60 crossover vehicle.

Volvo turns a new corner on technology with its “Drive-E” powertrains.

Not to be confused with electric power, “Drive-E” is the Swedish automaker’s 4-cylinder engine lineup that maximizes ‘Drive Efficiency’ and fuel economy without sacrificing performance.

Volvo Drive-E engines come in either a turbocharged T5 or dual-teamed turbo-supercharged T6 that generate 240 and 302 horsepower respectively.

Both engines are governed by a new 8-speed automatic transmission with “ECO” auto start/stop technology that shuts the engine off while stopped at a red light for no emission discharge or fuel waste at idle.

Fuel economy for the Drive-E T5 yields 24 miles per gallon/city and 31 mpg/highway, while T6 variants achieve 22 mpg/city and 30 mpg/hwy.

Drive-E is featured across Volvo’s mid-year 2015 front-wheel drive only product line.

All-wheel drive (AWD) is optional on every 2015.5 Volvo model.

For 2016, Drive-E will be available in the Volvo XC90 and XC60 sport and crossover utilities vehicles equipped with AWD.

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Drivers of crossover vehicles in our region are understandably partial to the dividends AWD pays in winter traction and overall safety.

With that, I tested the 2015.5 Volvo XC60 T6 with AWD delivered from a 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged 6-cylinder engine that builds 300 horsepower paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

During my test period, I secured 16 mpg around town and 23 mpg traveling the Borman Expressway - fuel economy that is satisfactory, but well below the Drive–E four cylinder versions.

Standard safety features include automatic braking and City Safety that seamlessly stops the XC60 traveling under 20 mph when a forward collision is detected without driver intervention.

Standard Sensus Connect infotainment system, On-Call telematics and On-Call smartphone app can access a vehicle’s overview for recent trips, determine current position and perform remote start functions from iOS, Android or Windows Phone.

Volvo now offers a lifetime parts and labor warranty for all Volvo vehicles serviced after the factory warranty expires at Volvo retailers.

Volvo customers pay once and never pay again for replacement Volvo parts and labor for as long as they own their car. Offers exclude accessories and wear items.

Base price for the 2015.5 Volvo XC60 T6 with AWD is $42,400. Add $925 for freight.

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