The 2012 Volvo S60 isn't likely to be mentioned in the same breath as the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, but these two cars share a unique distinction. No, Volvo has not made a mid-year change to rear-wheel drive and V8 power, but it is joining the Camaro as a crash test ace. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cranked up its crash-test rigor in 2011, and the Camaro has been the only car to completely ace all of the revised tests' categories. Until now.

The 2012 Volvo S60 demonstrates the brand's long held reputation for safety by becoming the second car to return perfect ratings in every category of NHTSA crash testing. That means this premium Swedish sedan stands up to a 35 mph frontal collision, 38.5 mph side-impact, and 20 mph simulation of a side crash into a pole better than other vehicles NHTSA has run through its gauntlet. There are a lot of vehicles out there with five-star ratings for this test or that, but only the Camaro and S60 have registered five stars in every evaluation, so far. Check out the videos of the tests, posted after the jump.







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      SteveM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congrats to Volvo, I'm glad to see they are still setting a great standard for safety. They may not be the most exciting cars on the road, but they fit the bill nicely as a daily driver and as family wheels. FWIW, the S60 T6 really is fun to drive, and even the T5 was very adequately powerful and an engaging drive.
      - v o c t u s -
      • 2 Years Ago
      These cars are 5,000 lb brick walls, they damn well better absorb impact from their brethren.
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still wonder at what point is it enough safety? When the car is 8000 pounds?
        CH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        The S60 weighs 3550 lbs. The lightest car with a 5-star rating is well under 3000 lbs.
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      Alex740
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well they fixed that front end. :) Aside from the front end that I don't like, it's actually a very impressive car, Volvo made a huge leap ahead with this car.
        Bruno Tata
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex740
        Interesting, I think the front end is the best styling element on their cars.
        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex740
        It does look better without the long front overhang. Just imagine that in your head that the car wasn't just crash tested. :p
      Hyundai owner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, Chinese got this brand and they could use Volvo's safety-related techonology.
      emperor koku
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought the Sonic also aced the test?
      benzaholic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. That new Pole test looks pretty brutal. Isn't that the one that caught up with the NHTSA's Volt after a few months?
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      This article is so strange because it's incredibly predictable and boring and yet it's really good news!
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know, I wouldn't want to be in that car (or any other car for that matter) during that pole test.
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