2021 Volvo V60 Cross Country vs. 2020 Lexus RX Series

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Safety

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The V60 Cross Country’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 V60 Cross Country and RX 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 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 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 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.

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 RX Series.

Both the V60 Cross Country 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, 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 RX 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 RX 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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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 RX Series’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 Cross Country T5 gets better fuel mileage than the RX 350 AWD (22 city/31 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

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 RX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The V60 Cross Country’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the RX Series’ optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60 Cross Country’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the RX Series (113.2 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

The V60 Cross Country’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55% to 45%) than the RX Series’ (57% to 43%). This gives the V60 Cross Country more stable handling and braking.

The V60 Cross Country handles at .82 G’s, while the RX 450h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the V60 Cross Country’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the RX Series’ (37.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the V60 Cross Country has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RX Series (8.3 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the V60 Cross Country to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Volvo V60 Cross Country may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 750 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

The V60 Cross Country is 4.2 inches shorter than the RX Series, making the V60 Cross Country easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The V60 Cross Country is 8.5 inches shorter in height than the RX Series, making the V60 Cross Country much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

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The V60 Cross Country has a much larger cargo volume than the RX Series with its rear seat up (23.2 vs. 18.4 cubic feet).

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the RX 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.

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 RX Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 RX 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 RX 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 RX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the V60 Cross Country owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the V60 Cross Country will cost $930 to $3940 less than the RX Series over a five-year period.

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