In the not-too-distant-past, Volvo was an automaker best known for building boxy-but-safe sedans and station wagons. In fact, its turbocharged wagons were the stuff of legend among performance-oriented drivers with a family, and Volvo’s ads compared its Turbo Wagons to a Lotus Esprit and a Porsche 944.
Time moves on, and American consumers have lost interest in station wagons. Today, the focus is on crossovers and SUVs, so Volvo has reinvented its cargo-haulers to keep pace with the times. Such is the case with the 2012 Volvo XC60, which still looks a bit wagon-like, but has the rugged appointments and available all-wheel-drive that crossover buyers have come to expect.
The XC60 is Volvo’s mainstream model, sized right for the average family. Outside, its lines are handsome and conservative, and nowhere near as boxy as Volvo wagons and sedans of the past. While the exterior styling alone won’t likely draw buyers into showrooms, it won’t put off any...
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