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Gone are the days when dealers would soap up their showroom windows hoping to build anticipation for the new model year. That said, there are still plenty of reasons to get excited about the 2014 lineup.
It’s not easy being a carmaker these days; the competition is fiercer than ever. But that’s good news for car buyers, who have more selections to choose from than ever before. Styling is a critical differentiator in today’s market, and manufacturers are doing more than just bending sheet metal into new and appealing shapes; they’re delivering a seemingly counterintuitive mix of improved fuel economy, remarkable performance, and slashed emissions.
The credit goes to breakthroughs in technology — both mechanical and electronic. That translates into advanced infotainment systems that are smarter than the latest smartphones, as well as breakthrough safety features that not only reduce the likelihood of injury in a crash but can help you avoid a collision in the first place.
Make a New Year’s resolution to check out what’s rolling into your local showrooms!
For those who lament the demise of the station wagon, don’t fret — it’s evolved into a more handsome and functional package that will also appeal to those who want something more comfortable and efficient to drive than the classic SUV. While the new Volvo XC60 may be the perfect car for those who need something to stand up against the worst a Michigan winter can throw at them, it’s also the right choice if you’ve got a little cottage up north you’ll be traveling to next summer.
The XC60 is anything but a spartan Scandinavian design. The exterior is handsome and elegantly shaped, with a large rear hatch that makes it easy to get your cargo in and out. This wagon/crossover delivers a great blend of form and function, both inside and out. The cabin is elegantly appointed and the layout is ergonomically spot-on. The seat heaters will get you toasty, and the XC60 also offers niceties such as a steering wheel heater and remote start.
The Volvo crossover’s all-wheel-drive system can make child’s play of deep snow — not to mention gravel and sand. But the XC60 also delivers a much more comfortable ride and more nimble handling than the classic, truck-based sport-utility vehicle. Meanwhile, you’ll find it easy to carry a full load or make a high-speed pass, thanks to the Volvo’s 3.0-liter inline-six, which makes an impressive 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.
Add the comfort of knowing Volvo builds some of the market’s safest automobiles, and you’ll realize the XC60 belongs on your shopping list.
To test drive a Volvo XC60 visit:
1795 Maplelawn Dr.
Troy, MI 48084