SANTA MONICA, California—In a combine of monochromatic crossovers, our white Volvo V60 Cross Country stands out thanks to the pair of Trek mountain bikes tied to its roof. It’s a short journey from the city to the mountains, where there are terrific dirt trails to ride on. The Treks quickly come off the Volvo’s optional bike rack, and we begin heading to Sullivan Gulch Trail.
A lengthy and stable climb via a valley of dense woods causes trailhead and a stunning vista overlooking downtown Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. Sullivan Gulch is a tight, technical trail along with quick sweepers, large hillcrests, and a great deal of kickers that make it love a roller coaster for mountain bikers. We locate ourselves saying, “I have actually to do that again,” hiking spine up the trail to attempt brand-new lines. We spend means also lengthy executing that, understand the sunlight is fading fast, and unanimously choose it’s time to routine it spine to the Volvo if we wish to group up prior to dark, which implies taking an unfamiliar trail under failing light.
I comply with my pal Philip’s line via a particularly steep section, dragging the rear tire as I slide behind him. I look spine merely in time to observe our others buddy Chris taking a different, dumber line, one along with a sheer shed to sturdy concrete. In exactly what appears love slow-moving motion, Chris realizes his error and makes his ideal initiative to pull spine tough When it come to the bars, however he ends up crashing and slamming tough When it come to his tailbone.
Chris takes the strike love a champ, strolls it off, and receives spine When it come to his bike as we make the last push spine via the woods, reaching the V60 as evening falls. Philip and I put our bikes in to the roof rack’s runners and cinch down the tires, while Chris receives in to the V60 Cross Country and lets his sore rear end sink in to among the wagon’s supple leather seats.
2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country Specifications
|Engine:||2.5L turbocharged DOHC 20-valve I-5/250 hp @ 5,400 rpm, 266 lb-ft @ 1,800-4,200|
|Layout:||4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD station wagon|
|EPA Mileage:||20/28 mpg (city/hwy) (est)|
|L x W x H:||182.6 x 73.4 x 60.8 in|
|Weight:||3,525 lb (est)|