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Mountains and Rain: Volvos for the Pacific Northwest

Major climate changes can throw drivers for a loop. Living in the Pacific Northwest is full of beauty, but also full of rain. It is important to have a car that you can trust and rely on to safely guide you through a treacherous rainstorm and other weather conditions. Volvo has one of the best reputations in the industry for handling rain and other conditions. If you want to find a car that you can take on your next camping trip, but still step out of it when heading to the office, here are some reasons why you need to make your next car purchase a Volvo.

Handling the Weather

Handling the Weather

One of the things that helps to set Volvo apart from other brands is stability control. This stability control feature helps to provide additional safety when driving in wet conditions. The electronic system will cut power if needed to prevent you from taking corners too quickly. It also have an individual braking feature that will keep the car from spinning out of control. The Volvo S60 T5 is one of the best vehicles for handling the severe weather, but keeping the good looks of a sport car. The front wheel drive set-up helps to maintain traction on the road, and still allows for plenty of control when driving in dry weather, where you need to accelerate quickly. If you are worried about downpours and snow or ice, consider an upgrade to the T6 where you can have the features of all-wheel drive. The T6 costs a little more, but it is ideal for individuals that head into the mountains for some camping enjoyment.

Volvo versus the Competition

When looking at your car options, where does the Volvo brand rank against others? Individuals seeking crossover SUVs often look at Subaru Outback’s and the Volvo XC70. While Subaru might have the advantage in the market thanks to excellent publicity, safety ratings, and reliability, the Volvo wagon is starting to increase in it’s popularity. The XC70 has high marks for safety, fuel economy, performance, and it’s spacious. This makes it an ideal candidate for anyone needing to haul around a lot of gear for camping and other needs. Folding rear seats make it easier to have some extra room for large items. The interior of the XC70 looks luxurious and it is very comfortable, which is ideal for long-distance traveling. One of the reasons Volvo stands out among outdoor enthusiasts is the towing capacity. It’s hard to find a number of cars that can adequately tow, but the Volvo brand has create multiple luxury vehicles with towing capability’s. Take a test drive in the Volvo S60, Volvo S80, Volvo XC70, and the Volvo C30.

Extra Features

Volvo provides several options that other brands do not have. The standard versions may or may not include some of the following; Sensus infotainment system, heated seats, remote start, satellite radio with USB port, automatic climate control, moonroof, headlight washers, heated mirrors, traction control, navigation, pedestrian and cyclist detection, forward collision warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, and a road-sign-reading system. Finding the ideal SUV, crossover, sedan, or wagon that suits your needs comes down to your preferences, costs, and comfort level. Extra safety precautions tied with the cold-weather amenities make Volvo one of the best brands for individuals living in the tricky weather of the Northwest.

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