2019 Volvo V90 vs. 2018 Lexus RX Series

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Safety

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

Both the V90 and RX Series have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V90 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 RX 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.

The Volvo V90 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 RX Series. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; V90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The V90 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 RX Series 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.

The V90’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 RX Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V90 and the RX Series 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, front-wheel drive, 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.

Warranty

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The V90’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the RX Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V90 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 RX 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 V90’s warranty.

Reliability

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

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the V90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the RX 450h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid:

 

V90

RX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

94.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V90 T5 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the RX 350 FWD (23 city/35 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

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

Regardless of its engine, the V90’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 RX Series Hybrid.

The V90 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 RX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V90 T6’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the RX Series:

 

V90 T6

RX Series

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.9 inches

The V90 stops much shorter than the RX Series:

 

V90

RX Series

 

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the V90 has larger tires than the RX Series (255/40R19 vs. 235/65R18).

The V90’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The V90’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the RX Series’ optional 55 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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

The V90’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.7% to 46.3%) than the RX Series’ (57% to 43%). This gives the V90 more stable handling and braking.

The V90 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .88 G’s, while the RX 450h AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The V90 T6 AWD Inscription executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the RX 450h AWD (26.3 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Volvo V90 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 550 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

The V90 is 9.6 inches shorter in height than the RX Series, making the V90 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

The design of the Volvo V90 amounts to more than styling. The V90 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the RX Series (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the V90 get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

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The V90 has a much larger cargo area than the RX Series with its rear seat up (25.5 vs. 18.4 cubic feet).

Towing

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The V90’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RX Series’ (2000 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the RX Series, the V90 Inscription has a 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.

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

The V90’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 RX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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The V90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The RX Series has never been an “All Star.”

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