2021 Volvo V60 vs. 2020 Lexus RX Series

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Safety

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The V60’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 and RX 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 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 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 V60 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 and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The V60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the RX 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 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’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 RX Series’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The V60 T8 Polestar’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 107 more horsepower (415 vs. 308) than the RX 450h’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the V60 T5 is faster than the RX 450h:

V60

RX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

7 sec

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 RX 450h (70 city/68 hwy MPGe vs. 31 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the V60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the RX Series:

MPG

V60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/33 hwy

RX Series

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.5 DOHC V6 Hybrid

31 city/28 hwy

3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

The V60 T8 Polestar can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The RX Series must run its internal combustion engine to move.

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 RX Series Hybrid.

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 RX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V60 T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the RX Series:

V60 T8

RX Series

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

12.9 inches

The V60 stops shorter than the RX Series:

V60

RX Series

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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 RX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The V60’s optional tires have a lower 40 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’s wheelbase is 3.3 inches longer than on the RX Series (113.1 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

The V60 Inscription AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the RX 450h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The V60 Inscription AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the RX 450h (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

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

Chassis

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The Volvo V60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 550 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

The V60 is 5.1 inches shorter than the RX Series, making the V60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The V60 is 11.5 inches shorter in height than the RX Series, making the V60 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

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

Ergonomics

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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 RX Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 RX 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 RX 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 RX Series because typical repairs cost much less on the V60 than the RX Series, including $661 less for a water pump, $150 less for a muffler, $5 less for front brake pads, $286 less for a starter, $1435 less for a timing belt/chain and $1723 less for a power steering pump.

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