2018 Volvo S60 vs. 2018 Toyota Camry

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the S60 and Camry have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S60 Polestar has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Camry’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

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

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 Camry doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the S60 and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The S60 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Camry’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The S60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Camry’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the S60 for 1 year and 11000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the Camry (3/36,000 vs. 2/25000).

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the S60 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Camry’s 600-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The S60 has more powerful engines than the Camry:

 

Horsepower

Torque

S60 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

S60 T6 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

302 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

S60 Polestar 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

362 HP

347 lbs.-ft.

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

203 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

206 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE/XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the S60 T5 is faster than the Toyota Camry 4 cyl.:

 

S60

Camry

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.1 sec

13.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.8 sec

20.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.8 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.2 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.5 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

90 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the S60 T5 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Camry XLE V6 (25 city/36 hwy vs. 22 city/33 hwy).

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

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the S60’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Camry doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volvo S60 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Camry XSE/XLE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The S60 has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry L’s standard fuel tank (17.8 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The S60 has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry LE/SE/XLE/XSE’s standard fuel tank (17.8 vs. 16 gallons).

Transmission

The S60 Polestar’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Camry doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

S60 Polestar

Camry

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.06 inches

The S60 Polestar’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Camry are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the S60 has larger standard tires than the Camry (235/40R19 vs. 205/65R16). The S60 Polestar’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (245/35R20 vs. 235/45R18).

The S60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry L’s standard 65 series tires. The S60 Polestar’s tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Camry XSE’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S60 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Camry L. The S60 Polestar’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Camry XSE.

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 Camry doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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 Camry’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The S60 has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Camry doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The S60 T5 Drive-E Inscription handles at .90 G’s, while the Camry SE pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The S60 is 9.6 inches shorter than the Camry L/LE/XLE, making the S60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The S60 Inscription is 6.5 inches shorter than the Camry L/LE/XLE.

Cargo Capacity

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 Camry’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The S60’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry L doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release in the glovebox, the S60 offers cargo security. The Camry’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Towing

The S60 has a 3300 lbs. towing capacity. The Camry has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

When three different drivers share the S60, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Camry doesn’t offer a memory system.

The S60’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Camry’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Camry doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the S60’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Camry’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The S60 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Camry doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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

A power rear sunshade is optional in the S60 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Camry doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The S60’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Camry and aren’t offered on the Camry L.

When the S60 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Camry’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The S60 T6/Platinum/Polestar has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Camry offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the S60 and the Camry offer available heated front seats. The S60 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Camry.

On extremely cold winter days, the S60’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Camry doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The S60 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Camry and isn’t available on the Camry L.

The S60’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Camry L doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the S60 and the Camry offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the S60 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Camry doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The S60 Inscription’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Camry doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

The S60 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2011. The Camry hasn’t been picked since 1997.

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