We wonder if pre-teen girls watching the "Twilight" movies will grow up and buy Volvos - the lead vampire recently traded his C30 hatchback for an XC60 - or if Volvo will be decimated under a Chinese owner. Both have a murky outlook, but the company's XC60 is a clear success.
Style and detail are everywhere, from the fluid, arching LED taillamps to the matte wood center stack and two-tone leather. So, too, is genius: the industry's first auto-brake system that brings the two-ton crossover to a stop if you're texting in traffic. It's freaky and it works.
The navigation system's steering wheel controls are clunky - this is a Volvo, remember - but the drive isn't. Lots of low-end torque, satisfying steering, and crisp handling impress, even if werewolves can outrun it.