2020 Lexus LX 570 vs. 2019 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 LX 570. But it costs extra on the XC90.

Both the LX 570 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 and rear cross-path warning.

The Lexus LX 570 weighs 732 to 1262 pounds more than the Volvo XC90. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the LX 570 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 LX 570’s reliability 51 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 LX 570’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 133 more horsepower (383 vs. 250) and 145 lbs.-ft. more torque (403 vs. 258) than the XC90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The LX 570’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 67 more horsepower (383 vs. 316) and 108 lbs.-ft. more torque (403 vs. 295) than the XC90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lexus LX 570 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The XC90 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The LX 570 has 6.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The LX 570 has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 18.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the LX 570’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the XC90:

LX 570

XC90

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the LX 570 has larger standard tires than the XC90 (275/50R21 vs. 235/55R19). The LX 570’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XC90 (285/50R20 vs. 275/45R20).

The LX 570’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XC90 T5’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LX 570 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the XC90 T5.

The LX 570 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 front and rear suspension of the LX 570 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.

Passenger Space

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The LX 570 has standard seating for 8 passengers; the XC90 can only carry 7.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the LX 570’s middle and third row seats recline. The XC90’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the LX 570 easier. The LX 570’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the XC90’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

Payload and Towing

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The LX 570’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XC90’s (7000 vs. 4000 pounds).

The LX 570 has a higher standard payload capacity than the XC90 (1280 vs. 1210 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the LX 570 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 LX 570 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, air filter replacement, tire rotation, brake pad replacement and transmission fluid replacement 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 LX 570’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The XC90 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The LX 570’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 LX 570 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 LX 570 has standard extendable sun visors. The XC90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Lexus LX 570 Three-Row offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The XC90 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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