2019 Volvo V90 Cross Country vs. 2018 Lexus RXL

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The V90 Cross Country’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The RXL doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the V90 Cross Country and RXL have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V90 Cross Country 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 RXL’s 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.

The Volvo V90 Cross Country offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Lexus doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the RXL. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; V90 Cross Country owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The V90 Cross Country has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The RXL doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the V90 Cross Country. But it costs extra on the RXL.

The V90 Cross Country’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 RXL doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V90 Cross Country and the RXL have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.


The V90 Cross Country’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the RXL’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V90 Cross Country 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 RXL.

There are over 24 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the V90 Cross Country’s warranty.


The battery on the V90 Cross Country is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V90 Cross Country’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The RXL’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.


As tested in Motor Trend the V90 Cross Country T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the RX 350L 3.5 DOHC V6:


V90 Cross Country


Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

91.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the V90 Cross Country T5 gets better fuel mileage than the RX 350L 4x4 (22 city/31 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the V90 Cross Country’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Lexus only offers a regenerative brake system on the RXL Hybrid.

Regardless of its engine, the V90 Cross Country’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 RXL Hybrid.

The V90 Cross Country 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 RXL doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the V90 Cross Country T6’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the RXL:


V90 Cross Country T6


Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the V90 Cross Country’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RXL (245/45R20 vs. 235/65R18).

The V90 Cross Country’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RXL’s standard 65 series tires. The V90 Cross Country’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the RXL’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V90 Cross Country has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the RXL.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V90 Cross Country’s wheelbase is 6 inches longer than on the RXL (115.8 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

The V90 Cross Country T6 handles at .84 G’s, while the RX 350L pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The V90 Cross Country T6 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the RX 350L (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the V90 Cross Country’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the RXL’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the V90 Cross Country has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RXL (8.3 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the V90 Cross Country to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The V90 Cross Country is 7 inches shorter in height than the RXL, making the V90 Cross Country much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

The V90 Cross Country has .8 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room and 5 inches more rear legroom than the RXL.


The V90 Cross Country’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RXL’s (2000 vs. 0 pounds).


Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the V90 Cross Country to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The RXL doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The V90 Cross Country’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 RXL doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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