2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country vs. 2020 Lexus NX Series

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 Cross Country have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Lexus NX Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the V60 Cross Country and NX Series have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 Cross Country 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 NX 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 V60 Cross Country 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 NX 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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the V60 Cross Country. But it costs extra on the NX Series.

Both the V60 Cross Country and the NX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The V60 Cross Country’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the NX Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 Cross Country for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the NX Series (3/36,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 16 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the V60 Cross Country’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the V60 Cross Country has a standard 800-amp battery. The NX Series’ 580-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the V60 Cross Country is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V60 Cross Country’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The NX Series’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 56 more horsepower (250 vs. 194) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 199) than the NX 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 15 more horsepower (250 vs. 235) than the NX 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Volvo V60 Cross Country is faster than the NX 300h 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid:

V60 Cross Country

NX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

84.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 Cross Country T5 gets better fuel mileage than the NX 300 AWD (22 city/31 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

The V60 Cross Country has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the NX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo V60 Cross Country, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the NX Series.

Brakes and Stopping

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The V60 Cross Country’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the NX Series are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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The V60 Cross Country’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the NX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The V60 Cross Country’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the NX Series F Sport’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V60 Cross Country has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the NX Series. The V60 Cross Country’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the NX Series.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60 Cross Country’s wheelbase is 8.5 inches longer than on the NX Series (113.2 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 Cross Country is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the NX Series.

The V60 Cross Country handles at .82 G’s, while the NX 300 pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The V60 Cross Country executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the NX 300h AWD (27.2 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the V60 Cross Country has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the NX 300h (8.3 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the V60 Cross Country to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The V60 Cross Country’s minimum ground clearance is 1.4 inches higher than on the NX 300 (8.3 vs. 6.9 inches).

Passenger Space

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The V60 Cross Country has 22.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NX Series (94 vs. 71.6).

Cargo Capacity

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The V60 Cross Country has a much larger cargo volume than the NX Series with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 17.7 cubic feet).

The V60 Cross Country’s cargo area is larger than the NX Series’ in almost every dimension:

V60 Cross Country

NX Series

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.7”/71.7”

36”/71.5”

Min Width

40.9”

44.3”

Towing

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The V60 Cross Country’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the NX Series’ (2000 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the NX Series, the V60 Cross Country offers an optional 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 V60 Cross Country offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The NX Series doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The V60 Cross Country’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The NX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the V60 Cross Country to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The NX Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 Cross Country has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The NX Series doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the V60 Cross Country to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The NX Series doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The V60 Cross Country has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the NX Series. The V60 Cross Country also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the NX Series.

The V60 Cross Country offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the NX Series.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volvo V60 Cross Country offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The NX Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The V60 Cross Country’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 NX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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