2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country vs. 2020 Lexus RX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The V90 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 V90 Cross Country and RX Series have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V90 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 Volvo V90 Cross Country offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Lexus doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the RX Series. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; V90 Cross Country owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The V90 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 V90 Cross Country. But it costs extra on the RX Series.

Both the V90 Cross Country and the RX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear 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 V90 Cross Country’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the RX Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V90 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 V90 Cross Country’s warranty.

Reliability

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The battery on the V90 Cross Country is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V90 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.

Engine

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The V90 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder produces 21 more horsepower (316 vs. 295) and 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 268) than the RX 350’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6. The V90 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder produces 8 more horsepower (316 vs. 308) than the RX 450h’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Volvo V90 Cross Country is faster than the Lexus RX Series:

V90 Cross Country

RX 350

RX 450h

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.8 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.1 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

92.7 MPH

94.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V90 Cross Country T6 gets better fuel mileage than the RX 350 AWD (20 city/30 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

The V90 Cross Country 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 V90 Cross Country’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the RX Series:

V90 Cross Country

RX Series

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the V90 Cross Country’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RX Series (245/45R20 vs. 235/65R18).

The V90 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 V90 Cross Country’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the RX Series’ optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V90 Cross Country has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the RX Series.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V90 Cross Country’s wheelbase is 6 inches longer than on the RX Series (115.8 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

The V90 Cross Country T6 handles at .84 G’s, while the RX 450h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The V90 Cross Country T6 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the RX 450h (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the V90 Cross Country’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the RX Series’ (38.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the V90 Cross Country has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RX Series (8.3 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the V90 Cross Country to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The V90 Cross Country is 7 inches shorter in height than the RX Series, making the V90 Cross Country much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

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The V90 Cross Country has a much larger cargo volume than the RX Series with its rear seat up (25.5 vs. 18.4 cubic feet).

Towing

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The V90 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 V90 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 V90 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 V90 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 V90 Cross Country has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The RX Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The V90 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.

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