2021 Toyota Rav4 Prime vs. 2020 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 Rav4 Prime XSE offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking 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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Rav4 Prime. But it costs extra on the XC60.

Both the Rav4 Prime 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, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Rav4 Prime 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rav4 Prime’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 19th in initial quality. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 96 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Volvo is ranked 24th.

Engine

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The Rav4 Prime’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 52 more horsepower (302 vs. 250) than the XC60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Prime running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the XC60 T8 running on electricity (105 city/84 hwy vs. 56 city/57 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Prime running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the XC60 running its gasoline engine:

MPG

Rav4 Prime

AWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

40 city/36 hwy

XC60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. Hybrid

26 city/28 hwy

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

T6 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

The Rav4 Prime’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 42 miles, over twice as far as the XC60 T8’s 19-mile range.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Rav4 Prime uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XC60 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Rav4 Prime higher (7 out of 10) than the Volvo XC60 (5 to 7). This means the Rav4 Prime produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the XC60 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Rav4 Prime 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 Rav4 Prime’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the XC60:

Rav4 Prime

XC60

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.9 inches

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the Rav4 Prime 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.

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 Prime SE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the XC60’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Rav4 Prime is 3.7 inches shorter than the XC60, making the Rav4 Prime easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Rav4 Prime uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XC60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Rav4 Prime has 1.5 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4 Prime’s rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Rav4 Prime has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XC60 with its rear seat up (33.5 vs. 30.2 cubic feet). The Rav4 Prime has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XC60 with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

The Rav4 Prime’s cargo area is larger than the XC60’s in almost every dimension:

Rav4 Prime

XC60

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

39.2”

37.8”/68.7”

Max Width

59”

43.5”

Min Width

39.4”

39.8”

Height

33.2”

30.6”

Ergonomics

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The Rav4 Prime’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 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 Rav4 Prime has standard extendable sun visors. The XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Rav4 Prime XSE/Limited offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The XC60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Rav4 Prime XSE offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, 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.

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