Downsize your wheels when swapping to winter tires

The Volvo XC90 has been around for a few years now. Pictured here is a T6 version with some Polestar mods. It looks great, the interior is great, and the engine is slightly noisy but overall pretty great. But this particular one does have a big problem. Actually, it has four too-big problems. Specifically, those […]

Volvo V60 Polestar T8: A High-Performance Hybrid Wagon Wonder

I knew I loved it within the first five minutes of driving the thing. Usually, I need a few days to figure out how I feel about a car. Not the case with the Volvo V60 T8 Polestar. This wagon is wonderful. What is it? Volvo has taken its V60 wagon and applied some Polestar […]

Wagon Wednesday: 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country

Over the summer I reviewed the Volvo S60 T6 sedan. I liked it so much that I, a seven-time BMW owner, said I’d take it over the new 3-series. I mentioned that the only way the S60 would be better were if it was a wagon. That time has finally come. The new V60 is […]

Quick Spin: 2020 Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Engineered

When news broke that Volvo would once again be offering a Polestar-branded variant of its midsize S60 sedan, many of us enthusiasts took notice. The in/out-of-house tuning brand was supposedly going to be doing what the company’s “R” once did: making choice cars go faster, handle better, brake harder, and look more aggressive. But in […]

Review: 2019 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design – Your bimmer replacement is here

Why is it so challenging to design a sedan that, in no particular order, is: good looking, safe, comfortable, well made, sporty, attainable, and functional? If that is something that all automakers aspire to, why do so many of them fall flat on their face? Is it really that challenging? Is it really that difficult […]

Volvo XC40: I Have Time For This One

Insert the old trope about there are too many crossovers, that they all blend together, so go buy something different. And yet, within a few minutes of sliding behind the wheel of the Volvo XC40 in Inscription trim, this one was different.  Let me walk you through the reasons why. #1 Style I see enough […]

The Volvo V90 – Your luxury longroof is here

This thing is big, beautiful, and extremely brown. It’s the Volvo V90 and it’s another wagon for which we should all give thanks. Bow down at the altar of the longroof, and rejoice with me. If you want a non plastic-fendered V90 Cross Country, you’re going to need to order it special from a Volvo […]

Quick Spin: 2018 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription

Volvo’s handsome large sedan has been on sale for two years now. Since then the Volvo brand has been growing and releasing new, equally good looking models, specifically SUVs and wagons. But they have also made some substantial, if subtle, changes to the big sedan. The first change is that in order to make space […]

Volvo XC60 T8 TwinMotor: The Orphaned Review

While the Germans were busy crafting some unquantifiable they call dynamism, inventing new splintered market segments, and haphazardly penning new model nomenclature, their Gothenburg rivals, known for safety and reliability, were quietly reworking themselves as world leaders in luxury car design. For decades Volvo has been known as the staid also-ran, popular among middle-class granola […]

Comparison: 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country vs. 2005 Volvo XC70 Cross Country

Despite of many pundits’ outcries, station wagons are not dead. They never really left us. Some of the most popular SUVs are simply jacked-up wagons with body cladding and a promise of a rugged outdoor life. Volvo’s popular Cross Country models were always that, jacked up versions of their conventional models. Their latest offering in […]