IIHS: Volvo S60 earns TOP SAFETY PICK award image

IIHS announced today that the 2012 Volvo S60 earns the Institute’s TOP SAFETY PICK award for good performance for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection, plus standard electronic stability control (ESC).

Measurements taken during the S60’s testing show a low risk of significant injury in a 40-mph frontal-offset crash.

Head movement was well-controlled during the crash — reducing the possibility of a neck injury.

The roof of the S60 withstood a force equal to 4.95 times the car’s weight. By comparison, the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight.

The previous generation of the S60 earned good ratings in the Institute’s front and rear evaluations, but for 2005-09 it was rated acceptable in the side impact test.

In March, the 2012 Volvo S60 T5 can be leased for $299 a month for 36 months with $2,993 due at lease signing. The 2012 Volvo S60 T5 can also be purchased with 0.9 percent auto loan financing for up to 36 months.

Other midsize luxury Top Picks include the Audi A4 sedan, Lincoln MKZ, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

One of the new technologies that comes with the new S60 is the “Pedestrian Detection Full Auto Brake” – system spots pedestrians in front of the car with cameras and radar and — if the driver doesn’t respond quickly enough — slams on the brakes.