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Volvo Drive-E Engine

Meet the engine part of Volvo’s new Drive-E powertrain. The 4-cylinder mills are either turbocharged, or turbocharged AND supercharged (shown).

Although Volvo’s vehicles had been known as rather conservative during their first couple of decades in the U.S. market, the company was a fairly early adopter of modern turbocharged engines during the smog-darkened days of the 1970s and ‘80s. These arrived for 1981 as “Q-Ship” versions of the company’s workaday 240 Series sedans, boxy cars better remembered for safety than for sport.

2018 Volvo XC60 Inscription

2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription in Pine Grey Metallic (a $595 option)

2015 Audi Q52018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 579

Fuel used: 28.4 gallons

2018 Volvo XC60 T8

2018 Volvo XC60 T8

Over the past couple of years, Volvo has released a surprising number of new or significantly revised models for such a small and focused automaker. The string started in 2016 with the redesigned XC90 midsize crossover, its technology and styling themes trickling down to the S90 sedan, XC60 compact crossover, V90 wagon, and “raised” V90 Cross Country wagon. At the start of the 2018 model year, some of those see new variants or powertrains, but the real news arrives later, with expected debuts of a smaller compact crossover named XC40 and a redesigned 60-Series midsize line. Also, all 2018 Volvos come with the Volvo On Call telematics system, which includes emergency notification, remote starting and lock/unlock capabilities, and the ability to find your car in a parking lot, with the free trial period being extended from 6 months to 4 years.

2018 Volvo XC60

2018 Volvo XC60

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Volvo is on a tear.

After years of product stagnation, the Swedish company recently announced that it would bring out a string of eight new or redesigned models over a four-year period – a rather ambitious undertaking for such a small company.

2016 Volvo S60 T5

2017 Volvo S60 T5 AWD Dynamic in Passion Red

2015 Audi Q52017 Volvo S60 T5 AWD Dynamic

Class: Premium Midsize Cars

Miles Driven: 488

Fuel Used: 22.5 gallons

2017 Volvo XC60 Inscription
2017 Volvo XC60 Inscription in Osmium Grey Metallic (a $560 color option)

2015 Audi Q52017 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 684

Fuel Used: 33.5 gallons

2017 Volvo S90

The all-new S90 replaces the S80 as Volvo’s flagship sedan for 2017. Behind its “Thor’s Hammer” (Volvo’s term) LED headlights resides a choice of turbocharged or turbocharged/supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines putting out 250 and 316 horsepower, respectively. The midsize S90 is going on sale now at prices starting around $48,000.

Scion iMPerhaps it says something about the near-invisibility of your current entry when market-share aspirations for its redesigned replacement are … five percent. But that’s the rather modest goal Volvo has established for the 2017 S90, which replaces the aged S80 as the company’s flagship sedan.

2016 Volvo S60 Inscription Platinum

2016 Volvo S60 Inscription Platinum

Consumer Guide Quick Spin2016 Volvo S60 Inscription Platinum (FWD)

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles Driven: 171

Fuel Used: 8.0 gallons

2016 Lincoln MKX

Although a redesigned 2016 Lincoln MKX can be had for less than $40,000, the all-wheel-drive Reserve edition starts at $48,575 including destination. With a host of options, our test MKX stickered at $61,125.

2016 Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD  2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Dates tested: 1/4/2016 – 1/11/2016

Miles Driven: 272

Fuel Used: 15.13 gallons

2016 Volvo S60

Volvo applies its Cross Country formula to the S60 sedan for 2016 to come up with–you guessed it–the S60 Cross Country. It’s joined by a longer version of the base sedan that gives new meaning to the Inscription designation.

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Although Volvo has used the “Cross Country” and “Inscription” monikers in the past, they’ve never been used like this.

Cross Country has long been applied to an SUV-flavored version of a Volvo station wagon, while Inscription has been used of late to denote a high-end trim level. But Volvo will now be using those established names in a somewhat different manner. New for 2016 are the S60 Cross Country, which applies the designation’s traditional formula to a raised S60 sedan, and the S60 Inscription, which “expands” the use of that name to indicate a stretched S60 sedan.

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