2020 Volvo XC60 vs. 2020 Lexus RX Series

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Safety

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The XC60’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 XC60 and RX Series have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC60 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 XC60 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; XC60 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The XC60 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.

Both the XC60 and the RX Series 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, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The RX Series has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the RX Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the RX Series (3/36,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 24 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the XC60’s warranty.

Reliability

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The battery on the XC60 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the XC60’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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The XC60 has more powerful engines than the RX Series:

Horsepower

Torque

XC60 T6 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cylinder

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cylinder hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid

415 HP

494 lbs.-ft.

RX 350 3.5 DOHC V6

295 HP

268 lbs.-ft.

RX 450h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid

308 HP

n/a

As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T5 is faster than the Lexus RX Series:

XC60

RX 350

RX 450h

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.3 sec

n/a

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.8 sec

7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.6 sec

11.2 sec

n/a

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.4 sec

3.6 sec

n/a

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.1 sec

15.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better mileage than the RX 450h (56 city/57 hwy MPGe vs. 31 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC90 running on gasoline gets better fuel mileage than the RX Series:

MPG

XC90

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

T6 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

RX Series

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 19 miles. The RX Series must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regardless of its engine, the XC60’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 XC60 T8’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the RX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The XC60 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 XC60 T6/T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the RX Series:

XC60 T6/T8

XC60 T8 PE

RX Series

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.6 inches

12.9 inches

The XC60 stops shorter than the RX Series:

XC60

RX Series

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RX Series (265/35R22 vs. 235/65R18).

The XC60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’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 XC60 offers optional 21-inch wheels. The RX Series’ largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The XC60 T6/T8 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC60’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The RX Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC60’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the RX Series (112.8 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the RX Series.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the RX 450h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the RX 450h (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the RX Series’ (37.4 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RX Series (8.5 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Volvo XC60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 650 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

The XC60 is 7.9 inches shorter than the RX Series, making the XC60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the RX Series with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 18.4 cubic feet). The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the RX Series with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 56.3 cubic feet).

Towing

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The XC60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RX Series’ (3500 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the RX Series, the XC60 R-Design/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.

The XC60 R-Design/Inscription’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.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the RX Series because typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the RX Series, including $654 less for a water pump, $204 less for a muffler, $130 less for a starter, $1669 less for a timing belt/chain and $1660 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the XC60 third among compact premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The RX Series isn’t in the top three in its category.

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