2011 Volvo S40

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The Volvo S40 sedan is a mid-level family car in terms of performance and luxury. For 2011, Volvo has rearranged the trim levels, streamlining them and adding a few features, and has eliminated last year's base 2.4-liter engine and the all-wheel-drive option.The base model of the 2011 Volvo S40, the T5, features 17-inch alloy wheels, manual climate control, cruise control, fog lights, power accessories (including an 8-way power driver's seat), premium T-Tec synthetic upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, and an 8-speaker sound system. The upper trim, the T5 R-Design, adds front and rear spoilers, sport steering wheel, and jazzier-looking gauges and pedals. The Preferred option package includes a sunroof, two-tone leather upholstery, power passenger seat, and other upgrades. The Climate package heats the front seats and adds automatic wipers and headlight washers. The Multimedia package upgrades the sound system and adds a navigation system. Many other options are available as stand-alones, including full leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, keyless entry and ignition, and various safety features. Trunk capacity is 12.6 cubic feet, according to the maker.The 2011 Volvo S40's base engine is a turbocharged, 227-horsepower, 2.5-liter, inline 5-cylinder engine that produces 236 lb.-ft. of torque and delivers 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. It works with a 5-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.The 2011 Volvo S40's standard safety features include anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, stability control, traction control, rollover protection, front side air bags, and side curtain air bags. A blind-spot warning system is optional. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the S40 a highest-possible \"Good\" rating for occupant protection in frontal offset crashes, and \"Acceptable\" in side-impact tests.Starting MSRP for the 2011 Volvo S40 is $27,750.

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