2009 Volvo XC60

Volvo sees the XC60 as "the C30 owner's next car" and expects to sell 50,000 per year worldwide, with the United States expected to account for 40 percent of the market. The XC60 is the entry-level car for Volve's XC range, which also includes the XC70 wagon and the XC90 SUV/crossover. As such, the base price for an XC60 T6 AWD (the only model available at launch) should be about $36,000. Expect to pay $40,000 for an XC60 equipped with all the goodies, including navigation and a panoramic roof.

Unfortunately, the XC60 is expected to return only 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Look for a somewhat lighter front-wheel-drive model sometime later in the year, which should return better numbers.

Volvo XC60 SUV/crossover

Base price (estimated): $36,000

Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged I-6, 281 hp, 295 lb-ft

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Drive: 4-wheel

Fuel economy: 15/22/ mpg (est.)

On sale: March 2009

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