2019 Volvo V60 vs. 2018 Lexus NX Series

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Safety

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Both the V60 and NX Series have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 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 NX Series’ 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The NX Series doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The V60’s 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 NX Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V60 and the NX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The V60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the NX Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the NX Series.

There are over 24 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the V60’s warranty.

Engine

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The V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 56 more horsepower (250 vs. 194) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 199) than the NX 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The V60 T5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (250 vs. 235) than the NX 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The V60 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 81 more horsepower (316 vs. 235) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the NX 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 T5 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the NX 300 FWD (24 city/36 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, the V60’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the NX Series 300h.

The V60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The NX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo V60, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the NX Series.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V60 T6/T8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the NX Series:

 

V60 T6/T8

NX Series

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

11.1 inches

The V60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the NX Series are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V60 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the NX Series. The V60’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the NX Series.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60’s wheelbase is 8.4 inches longer than on the NX Series (113.1 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better maneuverability, the V60’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the NX Series’ (37.1 feet vs. 39.8 feet).

Chassis

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The V60 is 8.6 inches shorter in height than the NX Series, making the V60 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

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The V60 has 22.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NX Series (94 vs. 71.6).

The V60 has .2 inches more front hip room and .1 inches more rear headroom than the NX Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The V60 has a much larger cargo area than the NX Series with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 17.7 cubic feet).

The V60’s cargo area is larger than the NX Series’ in almost every dimension:

 

V60

NX Series

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.7”/71.7”

36”/71.5”

Min Width

40.9”

44.3”

Towing

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The V60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the NX Series’ (2000 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the NX Series, the V60 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The V60 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The NX Series doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The V60’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The NX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the V60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The NX Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The NX Series doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The NX Series F Sport’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The V60’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Both the V60 and the NX Series offer optional heated front seats. The V60 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the NX Series.

The V60’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 NX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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