Son's Automotive Group Compares 2012 Volvo S60 VS 2013 Lexus ES Near Braselton, GA

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2012 Volvo S60

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2012 Volvo S60

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2013 Lexus ES

Safety Comparison

The S60 has standard City Safety, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The ES Series doesn't offer crash mitigation brakes.

The S60 offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The ES Series doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

The S60 offers an optional 360 degree parking monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The ES Series only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The S60’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The ES Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the S60 and the ES Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the S60 as a “Top Pick” for 2012, a rating only granted to 127 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The ES Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The S60 comes with a full 5 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The ES Series’ 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The S60’s corrosion warranty is 4 years longer than the ES Series’ (10 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the S60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Lexus doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the ES Series.

There are over 77 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the S60’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The S60 has more powerful engines than the ES Series:



S60 T5 2.5 turbo 5 cyl.

250 HP

266 lbs.-ft.

S60 T6 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

300 HP

325 lbs.-ft.

S60 T6 R-Design 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

325 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

ES 300h 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

200 HP

199 lbs.-ft.

ES 350 3.5 DOHC V6

268 HP

248 lbs.-ft.

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the S60’s engines produce their peak torque and horsepower at lower RPM’s than the ES Series:



S60 T5 2.5 turbo 5 cyl.

5000 RPM

1800 RPM

S60 T6 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

5600 RPM

2100 RPM

S60 T6 R-Design 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

5400 RPM

3000 RPM

ES 300h 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

ES 350 3.5 DOHC V6

6200 RPM

4700 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

Regenerative brakes improve the S60’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The ES Series doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the S60’s brake rotors are larger than those on the ES Series:

S60 T5

S60 T6

ES Series

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

12.4 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.9 inches

11 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the S60’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ES Series (235/45R17 vs. 225/45R18).

The S60 T5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the ES Series’ standard 55 series tires. The S60’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the ES Series’ optional 45 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the S60 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The ES Series doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The S60 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The ES Series’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

Chassis Comparison

The S60 is 10.5 inches shorter than the ES Series, making the S60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The S60 has .8 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the ES Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the S60’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The ES Series’ useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The S60’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The ES Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the S60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The ES Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the S60 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The ES Series doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The S60’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The ES Series’ standard power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the S60 offers optional rear seat controls for the radio which can play a separate audio source. The ES Series doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

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