2012 Volvo S80 – Kelley Blue Book

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2012 Volvo S80

The 2012 Volvo S80 may not have the cachet of a Lexus GS. Audi A6 or BMW 5 Series. but it merits attention among premium brands nonetheless. Not surprisingly, Volvo’s largest sedan isn’t known for the most modern styling or thrilling performance, but rather the safety pedigree and understated elegance long associated with its Swedish maker.

The S80 offers a choice of two robust 6-cylinder engines, front- or all-wheel drive and a luxurious interior that’s among the most comfortable in its class. For those who need to tow, the S80 is rated to pull up to 3,300 pounds, more than some small SUVs.

If a luxury nameplate, blazing performance or the latest techno wizardry matter more to you, check out the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series or Acura TL .

2012 Volvo S80 models benefit from a new interior panel that houses Volvo’s Sensus system, which acts as a command center for audio, navigation and other functions and displays information on a 7-inch color screen. The other big news for 2012 S80 models is that they now come standard with City Safety, an ingenious system that automatically stops the car at lower speeds if it senses the driver is distracted and fails to brake ahead of a potential frontal collision.

turbocharged 6-cylinder easily deliver both those traits. Whichever power plant you choose, the Volvo S80 feels confident and capable. Those seeking more gusto in all-wheel-drive T6 versions of the S80 can opt for the Dynamic Package, which lowers the ride height and features firmer springs and anti-roll bars.

But beware: Adding such features for the sake of performance also means diminished comfort when it comes to ride quality.

Under the Hood

Since dropping the V8 option after 2010, Volvo S80 models are now propelled solely by inline 6-cylinder engines. The base engine is a 3.2-liter that produces 240 horsepower and is available only with front-drive; it is plenty adequate to move this midsize sedan.

Drivers who relish more excitement behind the wheel or simply want the security of effortless acceleration will prefer the turbocharged 3.0-liter engine that makes a stout 300 horsepower and an even more impressive 325 lb-ft of torque; the turbo engine is standard with all-wheel drive, which offers superior grip for slippery surfaces. Both engines are connected to 6-speed automatic transmissions that can be manually shifted if desired.

We applaud that both engines can run on less-expensive regular unleaded gasoline. And here’s another surprise: The S80 is rated to tow up to 3,300 pounds.

3.2-liter inline-6

240 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm

236 lb-ft of torque @ 3,200 rpm

To compare current market prices, check out KBB.com’s car classifieds to view the new and used Volvo S80 vehicles for sale near you.

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