2020 Lexus RX Series vs. 2019 Volvo XC60

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The RX Series offers optional Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The XC60 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the RX Series and the XC60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front 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, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the RX Series 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the XC60 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 RX Series’ reliability 36 points higher than the XC60.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the RX Series first among midsize premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The XC60 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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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As tested in Motor Trend the RX 350 3.5 DOHC V6 is faster than the XC60 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

RX Series

XC60

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.2 sec

12.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.6 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.7 MPH

86.1 MPH

Transmission

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The RX 450h has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The XC60 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the RX Series’ standard brake rotors are larger than those on the XC60:

RX Series

XC60

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.3 inches

11.9 inches

The RX Series stops shorter than the XC60:

RX Series

XC60

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The RX Series has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the RX Series uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC60, 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 RX Series has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the RX Series’ rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The RX Series has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XC60 with its rear seat folded (56.3 vs. 50.6 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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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 RX Series’ standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The RX Series’ 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 XC60’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RX Series has standard extendable sun visors. The XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The RX Series offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XC60 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the RX Series owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the RX Series with a number “5” insurance rate while the XC60 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the RX Series is less expensive to operate than the XC60 because it costs $9 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the RX Series than the XC60, including $57 less for front brake pads, $147 less for fuel injection, $402 less for a fuel pump and $141 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lexus RX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo XC60 isn't recommended.

The Lexus RX Series outsold the Volvo XC60 by almost three to one during 2018.

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