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2013 Volvo S60 Review

The 2013 Volvo S60 features a stunning cabin with exceptional front-seat comfort. However, it falls toward the bottom of its competitive class due to its tight back seats and small trunk.  

Pros & Cons

  • Potent turbocharged engines
  • Stylish interior
  • Infotainment system isn’t intuitive
  • Small trunk

New for 2013

  • All-wheel drive became available in T5 models
  • Heated rear seats became available
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers became standard




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 10.0
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2013 Volvo S60 Overview

Is the 2013 Volvo S60 a Good Used Car?

The 2013 Volvo S60 is a good luxury small car for those who prioritize safety. It earned excellent crash test scores and comes with an abundance of active safety features. However, most cars in this class have good safety scores, and many have better reliability ratings, livelier handling, and a bit more space for back-seat passengers and cargo. Additionally, Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system isn’t very user-friendly.

Used 2013 Volvo S60 Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive 2013 Volvo S60 T5 comes with a turbocharged five-cylinder engine that generates 250 horsepower. It provides satisfying acceleration on the highway. Though most shoppers won’t need it, a more powerful turbocharged six-cylinder engine is available for the all-wheel-drive T6 R-Design model. A six-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode is standard with both engines.

Base 2013 S60 models earn an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is typical for the segment. Although several rivals offer sportier driving dynamics, the S60’s well-weighted steering provides good composure around corners. 

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Inside, the five-seat Volvo S60 sedan has remarkable styling and first-class material quality. Its front seats are especially impressive, providing outstanding comfort, support, and space. Its back seats, on the other hand, could use more head- and legroom. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor. Cargo space is limited – just 12 cubic feet. Competing luxury small cars typically offer about 15 cubic feet of cargo room.

Dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB iPod integration, an auxiliary audio jack, HD Radio, and Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system come standard. Some used models may come with navigation or a premium stereo. The Volvo S60’s straightforward dashboard controls make it simple to adjust climate settings. However, some may find the available Sensus infotainment system confusing and slow.  

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Used 2013 Volvo S60 Prices

The average price of a used 2013 Volvo S60 ranges from about $12,000 for the front-wheel-drive T5 base model up to nearly $19,300 for the top-of-the-line T6 R-Design Platinum trim with all-wheel drive. However, pricing will vary depending on the car’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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We base our used car rankings and reviews on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the opinions of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 44 Volvo S60 reviews for this 2013 S60 overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Volvo S60?

The 2013 S60 has a reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s average for the automotive industry, but most luxury small cars have a score of four or better.   

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How Safe Is the S60?

Volvo vehicles have a reputation for safety, and the S60 is no exception. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ and awarded it the highest score of Good in all five of its crash evaluations. The 2013 S60 also received five out of five stars in all three National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, as well as for its overall safety score.

Volvo offers the 2013 S60 with a long list of available active safety features, including a rearview camera, front and rear park assist, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning.

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Is the 2013 S60 the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Volvo S60 is part of a generation that began with the 2010 model year. Though earlier models could save you money, the 2013 model was the first to make the S60 T5 base trim available with all-wheel drive. It’s also the first model year to make heated rear seats and rain-sensing windshield wipers available. The 2015 S60 will likely cost more, but its additional features may be worth the price. It features updated exterior and interior styling, as well as additional driver assistance features like cyclist detection, road sign information, active high beams, cross traffic alert, and automatic braking.

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Which Used Volvo S60 Is Right for Me?

The Volvo S60 – like most Volvo vehicles – designates its models by powertrain and drivetrain:  T5, T6 AWD, and T6 AWD R-Design. There are four trim levels: base, Premier (T5 only), Premier Plus (T5 and T6 only), and Platinum.

The front-wheel-drive base S60 T5 model comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, satellite radio, iPod connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack, HD Radio, and a Sensus infotainment system with a 7-inch color display.

The T5 Premier trim adds push-button start, a power moonroof, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat with lumbar support, and leather upholstery. The T5 Premier Plus trim includes Xenon headlights and front and rear park assist. The T5 Platinum trim adds a rearview camera, navigation, and a 12-speaker Volvo premium surround-sound stereo.

The T6 AWD Premier Plus and T6 AWD Platinum trims have the same features as the T5 models in the Premier Plus and Platinum trims, plus standard all-wheel drive, a sport suspension, and speed-sensitive steering.

The T6 R-Design AWD trim includes R-Design-branded interior styling elements, but its features otherwise align with the T6 AWD trims’ features. The T6 AWD R-Design models also add a rearview camera.

Volvo dealerships also offer certified pre-owned vehicles. Volvo provides all certified pre-owned vehicles with a comprehensive warranty good for seven years or 100,000 miles from the new-car purchase date. Each CPO Volvo must pass a 130-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volvo warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Volvo S60 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Volvo S60 or 2013 BMW 3 Series?

If you’re looking for a used car with lively handling, the rear-wheel-drive BMW 3 Series is the way to go. It has a smooth, sporty ride and precise steering. Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine puts down plenty of power while delivering better fuel economy than the S60. The BMW 3 Series is also available with several stronger engines. The 2013 3 Series is a luxury midsize car, so it also has more overall passenger and trunk space than the S60.

Which Is Better: 2013 Volvo S60 or 2013 Audi A4?

The Audi A4 ranks much higher than the S60 for a couple of reasons, including its perfect reliability rating and ultra-luxurious cabin. The A4 also offers a well-balanced ride that provides both agility and comfort, and it earns better fuel economy estimates than the Volvo sedan. Still, like the S60, the A4 has limited trunk space, cramped back seats, and a frustrating infotainment system. 

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