2021 Volvo XC60 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 XC60 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 XC60 and NX Series have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC60 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 Volvo XC60 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 NX Series. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC60 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The XC60 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.

Compared to metal, the XC60’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Lexus NX Series has a metal gas tank.

Both the XC60 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, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the NX Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 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 XC60’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the XC60 has a standard 800-amp battery (850 T8). The NX Series’ 580-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the XC60 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the XC60’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 XC60 has more powerful engines than the NX Series:

Horsepower

Torque

XC60 T5 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 P.E. 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

415 HP

494 lbs.-ft.

NX 300h 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid

194 HP

199 lbs.-ft.

NX 300 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

235 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T5 is faster than the Lexus NX Series:

XC60

NX 300h

NX 300

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

8.3 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

16.3 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.5 MPH

84.5 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the NX 300h (56 city/57 hwy MPGe vs. 33 city/30 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T5 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the NX 300 FWD (22 city/29 hwy vs. 22 city/28 hwy).

The XC60 T5’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 19 miles, about 12 times as far as the NX 300h’s 1.6-mile range.

Regardless of its engine, the XC60’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 XC60 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the NX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XC60’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the NX Series’ standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 15.9 gallons).

The XC60 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 XC60 higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Lexus NX Series (3 to 7). This means the XC60 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 XC60, 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 XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s brake rotors are larger than those on the NX Series:

XC60 T8 P. E.

NX Series

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

11.1 inches

The XC60’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 XC60 stops much shorter than the NX Series:

XC60

NX Series

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XC60 has larger standard tires than the NX Series (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the NX Series (265/35R22 vs. 235/55R18).

The XC60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the NX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the NX Series F Sport’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC60 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the NX Series. The XC60’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the NX Series.

Suspension and Handling

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The XC60 T6/T8 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC60’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The NX Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC60’s wheelbase is 8.1 inches longer than on the NX Series (112.8 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is 3.1 inches wider in the front and 3.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the NX Series.

The XC60 T6 AWD R-Design handles at .88 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 XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the NX 300h AWD (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the NX 300h (8.5 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The XC60’s minimum ground clearance is 1.6 inches higher than on the NX 300 (8.5 vs. 6.9 inches).

Chassis

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The design of the Volvo XC60 amounts to more than styling. The XC60 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the NX Series (.34) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XC60 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The XC60 has 31.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NX Series (103 vs. 71.6).

The XC60 has 1.3 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear legroom, 1.5 inches more rear hip room and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the NX Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the NX Series with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the NX Series with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 54.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the XC60 easier. The XC60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the NX Series’ liftover is 31.2 inches.

Towing

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The XC60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the NX Series’ (3500 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the NX Series, the XC60 R-Design/Inscription has a 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 XC60 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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 XC60’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The NX Series’ power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The XC60’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 XC60 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 XC60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The NX Series doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Both the XC60 and the NX Series offer optional heated front seats. The XC60 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 XC60 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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volvo XC60 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The NX Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The XC60 R-Design/Inscription’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 XC60 is less expensive to operate than the NX Series because it costs $527 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the NX Series, including $39 less for a water pump, $346 less for a muffler, $131 less for fuel injection, $983 less for a timing belt/chain and $16 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volvo XC60 and the Lexus NX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the XC60 third among compact premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The NX Series isn’t in the top three.

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