The XC60 is quick, pleasant and benefited from Volvo's latest safety advances of the time. While handling is sound and secure, the mid-sized SUV is not exactly sporty to drive. Further, fuel economy is mediocre and some controls are not intuitive. While interior fit and finish are impressive, rear-seat room is only sufficient.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard. FCW and AEB standard from 2018. BSW and RCTW standard from 2021.
Road Test

The XC60 is quick, pleasant and benefited from Volvo's latest safety advances of the time. While handling is sound and secure, the mid-sized SUV is not exactly sporty to drive. Further, fuel economy is mediocre and some controls are not intuitive. While interior fit and finish are impressive, rear-seat room is only sufficient.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD, Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (325 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3.2-liter 6 (240 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Volvo XC60 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"In hot weather the backup camera image fails (varying from stuttering picture to complete failure)"

John M., TX (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Back-up camera has started to stutter as if there's a wiring connection problem & will just go out/blank sometimes. I think this is just a symptom of a bigger problem that has to do with the information screen/console that also has other problems (bluetooth connection dropping, blind-spot info system not working, etc.)"

David C., OH (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"Audio system frequently does not boot up on start, resulting in no radio, no rear camera or sensors, no navigation commands, and no other media audio. Volvo cannot diagnose or correct at this time"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The screen goes up and down and sometimes get stuck"

Anonymous, AK (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"The display screen freezes up occasionally, regardless of what operation is in use (GPS, Phone, Radio, etc.). Sometimes it occurs when switching from one operation to another (Radio to GPS/Nav screen, or activating Phone, etc.). Sometimes it will resolve itself, other times, it lasts until the car is parked and turned off & then restarted."

David C., OH (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"the radio/electronics system failed. was replaced under warranty."

Tony G., QC (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Navigation system chooses poor routes, resulting in odd or unsafe routes, and often simply incorrect routes (suggested roads are one-way or do not intersect)"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"wrong directions frequently, even on major routes. poor graphics. can't read street names on map. voice direction come too late on highspeed highways"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"From Day 1, the system fails. CAn't direct me on main highways! After Volvo's one free update, system was worse. They refused to reset to original settings. I was willing to pay or the next update, but they couldn't guarantee it would work. So I never use the navigation."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Cell phone will not receive calls after a single paired phone call completion"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"won't pair with a selected iPhone"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Radio

"Radio wouldn't play sometimes"

Greg C., WI (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Speakers quit completely. This took down proximity warning system, radio and made navigation system difficult."

Marcia L., WV (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

"Speakers do not work without notice, off and on. Which results in no radio, navigation voice controls, phone system, and cd system. All appear to be working but no noise. Magically comes back on with no notice"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2)
Voice control commands

"Doesn't recognize names in my iphone contact list or follow commands. stopped using the voice controls."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"The power plugs do not always work. Main issue has actually been the battery. We had to replace this recently because it would not hold charge"

Anonymous, KY (2013 Volvo XC60)

"Stopped working but dealer fixed it."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Body control module

"We have had to replace the control module twice in order to get he vehicle to function properly. When it has been a problem, the vehicle is very unsafe."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Rear brake light went out two times over 10 months (same side)"

Thomas M., CT (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Sensor stoped operating. Noticed one day when I started the car."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
USB port

"Takes forever to charge an iPhone. Had dealer fix it but stopped working again."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Location of port in the center console makes it difficult insert the plug into the port."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"I left the Volvo out in terrible rain storm and had a leak on the right side to the extent that it left 2 inches of standing water in the passenger floorboard"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"windshield had to be taken out and replaced"

Anonymous, (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design Unsure)

"Sunroof seal started to leak down the a-column about a year ago. After a few times, a heavy rain left over a centimeter of water inside the drivers floor well and the sunroof wouldn't close tightly, fix was to remove the a-column and replace the drain tube."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Volvo XC60 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"There is a squeaking noise in the back but have not been able to identify where it is"

Robert P., NC (2013 Volvo XC60)
Wind noise

"I took the car in 3 separate times for warranty work on a whistling noise. They finally fixed it. The dealer was wonderful; they were determined to make it right"

Betsy A., OR (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"The driver side window has a "whistle" or air sound at highway speeds"

Brenda B., MN (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Sun roof does not close completely."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Windshield started leaking. It needed to be removed and resealed. Volvo handled it under warranty."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Rear door latch switch failed frequently, requiring me to load/unload thru back doors."

Anonymous, (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Seat controls - movement

"The back seats are supposed to fold down to provide expanded storage. The latching mechanism in one of the seats broke internally. We had to replace the latching mechanism."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"back seat latch for releasing fold down feature broke."

Danny P., NC (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Terrible noise of hatch door when it closes or opens. The opening and closing bar gets dirt on it when it rains or from dust and dirt and then it makes a terrible noise. Have to clean it often"

Robert P., NC (2013 Volvo XC60)

"System to open/close tailgate door failed, causing door to be frozen in part-open condition. Required dealer replacement of system."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Volvo XC60 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Air conditioning compressor began to intermittently fail to cool. One minute it would be blowing cold air and then the next warm. Problem became increasingly frequent. AC compressor replaced and problem over. My Volvo mechanic stated that they were seeing quite a few of these AC compressor failures on the SUV models"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Started about 1 yr ago. Occurs intermittently. Stops cooling but still blows air. Then resumes cooling again after several minutes. Cycles on and off intermittently."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"When turning on and off AC, there is old socks odor which can last for several minutes. I have to crank up the AC level and roll the window down. The odor either disappears in a few minutes or I am getting used to it in a few minutes"

Qihong L., OK (2013 Volvo XC60 T6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower motor staring making a loud whining sound whenever the fan was running around August. We took it in and was repaired for the second time in October."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Heater system

"Middle on MN winter in February the heating system quit working."

Anonymous, (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"it gives me back problems!!!!"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

"Shifts too late!"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"transmission requires constant software upgrades that are costly"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The vehicle transmission runs funky without the software upgrades....and they cost a lot."

Anonymous, MO (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"the alignment was off and not easy to repair on the 3rd try the tech found the problem and tightened the suspension and problem was resolved"

Jeff R., NJ (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering master cylinder was leaking. Had to R&R rack & pinion"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Around October of 2019 the car was taken in for popping sounds Daily whenever turning left or right. We took the car to the dealership and it took them approximately 4 weeks to repair the problem."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Hydraulic Pump Failed"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Driveline vibration

"rear differential oil pump"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Stability control (ESC)

"received error message that it was not working. first time dealer had seen the error code. replaced and repaired at no charge"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Often saw a battery low message. Occasionally the car wouldn't start. Then would start 5-10 minutes later. Other times needed a jump start. Brought car in for service, they checked and found no problem. Advised me to drive it on longer drives than my typical 10-15 miles, or get a battery charger. Later received that message during a quick stop for gas after driving 200 freeway miles, Had a battery shop check the battery, said they couldn't because there was too much drain on battery. Again, the dealer said I should drive more miles. Bought Sears highest capacity battery. Solved the problem - no more low battery messages, until the last few months, during which I had 2 more messages."

Anonymous, OR (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Burned off the tip of a spark plug at 48000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Rotors

"brakes "chattered" upon application. Rotors replaced under warranty"

Stephen G., WV (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"The XC60 is a heavy vehicle. Good for safety, bad for tires and brakes."

Anonymous, (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Volvo cannot and will not find the source of a distinctive rattle inside the cabin, even talked with Volvo customer care"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"back seat release latch broke off"

Danny P., NC (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"My independent oil servicer left an old washer causing double washer on drain plug. Gradual oil leak (a year) soaked the fiber cover under the engine. Cost $200 to replace"

Dennis C., OH (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Leaking hydraulic engine mount and failed intercooler (oil in coolant)"

John M., TX (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Clunking noise and some jerking at final down-shifting."

Ugis L., FL (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"Gas gauge as to remaining fuel registered empty when 1/4 full. Fuel pump replaced and sensor worked ok again"

Anonymous, NV (2013 Volvo XC60 T6 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"The antifreeze pump seized while I was driving. The vehicle overheated and I had to get the vehicle towed."

Anonymous, NH (2013 Volvo XC60 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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