2020 Lexus GX460 vs. 2020 Volvo XC90

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Safety

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the GX460. But it costs extra on the XC90.

Both the GX460 and the XC90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the GX460 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC90. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the XC90 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the GX460’s reliability 60 points higher than the XC90.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 98 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Volvo is ranked 29th.

Engine

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The GX460’s 4.6 DOHC V8 produces 51 more horsepower (301 vs. 250) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (329 vs. 258) than the XC90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The GX460’s 4.6 DOHC V8 produces 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (329 vs. 295) than the XC90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lexus GX460 is faster than the XC90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:

GX460

XC90

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.8 sec

5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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The GX460 has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (23 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The GX460 has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90’s standard fuel tank (23 vs. 18.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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The GX460 stops shorter than the XC90:

GX460

XC90

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GX460 has larger tires than the XC90 (265/60R18 vs. 235/55R19).

The Lexus GX460’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Volvo XC90 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The GX460 has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the XC90, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The GX460 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC90’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The GX460 has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The XC90 doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the GX460 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the GX460 is quieter than the XC90 T6 AWD:

GX460

XC90

At idle

43 dB

48 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

74 dB

Passenger Space

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The GX460 has .8 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear shoulder room and 7.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the XC90.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the GX460’s middle row seats recline, and the GX460 Luxury’s third row seats also recline. The XC90’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The GX460’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC90.

GX460

XC90

Third Seat Folded

46.7 cubic feet

35.6 cubic feet

Payload and Towing

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The GX460’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XC90’s (6500 vs. 4000 pounds).

The GX460 has a higher standard payload capacity than the XC90 (1295 vs. 1210 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the GX460 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XC90. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the GX460 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Volvo doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the XC90.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Volvo. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 41% lower rating, Volvo is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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The GX460’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The XC90’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The GX460 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XC90 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the GX460 has standard extendable sun visors. The XC90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the GX460 is less expensive to operate than the XC90 because it costs $227 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the GX460 than the XC90, including $511 less for a water pump, $95 less for front brake pads, $115 less for a fuel pump and $204 less for front struts.

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