2021 Volvo V60 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 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 and NX Series have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 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 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.

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

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 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’s warranty.

Reliability

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

The battery on the V60 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V60’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 T5’s standard 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 T5’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 15 more horsepower (250 vs. 235) than the NX 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The V60 T8 Polestar’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 180 more horsepower (415 vs. 235) and 236 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 258) than the NX 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the V60 T5 is faster than the Lexus NX Series:

V60

NX 300h

NX 300

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

8.3 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16.3 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.2 MPH

84.5 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 T8 Polestar running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the NX 300h (70 city/68 hwy MPGe vs. 33 city/30 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the V60 T5 gets better fuel mileage than the NX 300 FWD (23 city/34 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

The V60 T8 Polestar’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 22 miles, about 14 times as far as the NX 300h’s 1.6-mile range.

Regardless of its engine, the V60’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 NX Series 300h.

The V60 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.

The V60 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 NX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volvo V60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Lexus NX Series (3 to 7). This means the V60 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the NX Series every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo V60, 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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For better stopping power the V60 T8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the NX Series:

V60 T8

NX Series

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

11.1 inches

The V60’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.

The V60 stops shorter than the NX Series:

V60

NX Series

70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the V60 has larger tires than the NX Series (235/45R18 vs. 225/65R17).

The V60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the NX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The V60’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the NX Series F Sport’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V60 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the NX Series. The V60’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’s wheelbase is 8.4 inches longer than on the NX Series (113.1 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The V60 Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the NX 300 F Sport AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The V60 Inscription AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the NX 300h AWD (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Chassis

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The V60 is 8.6 inches shorter in height than the NX Series, making the V60 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

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

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the V60 easier. The V60’s trunk lift-over height is 26.7 inches, while the NX Series’ liftover is 31.2 inches.

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

V60

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

Ergonomics

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The V60 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’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 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 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The NX Series doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Both the V60 and the NX Series offer optional heated front seats. The V60 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 Inscription 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.

The V60’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.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the V60 is less expensive to operate than the NX Series because it costs $318 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the V60 than the NX Series, including $39 less for a water pump, $291 less for a muffler, $121 less for a starter, $187 less for fuel injection, $15 less for front struts, $732 less for a timing belt/chain and $63 less for a power steering pump.

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