Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX 350

Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX 350: Luxury SUV Comparison near Trevose, PA

As the automaker's flagship SUV, The Volvo XC90 combines timeless and assertive style, upscale accommodations, and robust performance under the hood. It exemplifies Volvo's signature Scandinavian craftsmanship and design, expertly blending advanced technology with a clean, minimalist-inspired interior. In the fast-advancing luxury SUV class, the XC90 has carved out a niche at the top of the segment. While other brands prioritize showiness and glitz, Volvo's largest SUV takes a more understated approach. Exuding sophistication while delivering a premium luxury experience, the XC90 compares favorably to its many class competitors, particularly the Lexus RX 350. While RX 350 has strengths, a head-to-head comparison with its Volvo counterpart reveals a few shortcomings.

Volvo XC90 vs Lexus RX 350: Safety Ratings

When put to the test by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Volvo achieved a superior result. Thanks to Volvo's advanced Safety Cage construction and use of high-strength steel, the XC90 earned five out of five stars for Driver and Passenger-side collision protection and five stars overall. The Lexus RX 350 came up short by one star on both frontal evaluations, earning a four-star overall rating from the NHTSA.

Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX 350 Driver Assistance Technologies

Admirably, the Lexus RX 350 comes standard the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 suite of advanced driver aids. Still, Volvo XC90's standard IntelliSafe driver-assistance package is more complete and more advanced. Regardless of trim level, All Volvo XC90's come with:

  • Pilot Assist partially autonomous (Level 2) driving with Adaptive Cruise Control
  • City Safety Collision Avoidance (forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking)
  • Lane Keeping Aid
  • Road Sign Information
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Run-off Road Mitigation
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

The Lexus RX 350 lacks the last four of these technologies at the base trim. They require an upper trim level, available options package, or they're not offered at all. Furthermore, while both models include adaptive cruise control, Volvo Pilot assist is more capable and more responsive than Lexus' basic radar cruise control.

Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX 350: Performance

The Volvo XC90 is available in a choice of three robust powertrains, including the twincharged T6 (316 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque) and the hybrid twincharged T8 (400 horsepower, 472 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, all-wheel-drive is standard equipment on T6 and T8 models and available on the T5 variant. The Lexus RX 350 offers just one engine, a 3.5-liter V-6 (295 horsepower, 267 pound-feet of torque). All-wheel-drive is available, but it's not standard on any trim level.

Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX 350: Features

The Volvo XC90 comes fully loaded on the base Momentum trim level. Standard features include19-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors a power tailgate, four-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, Wi-Fi, a vertical nine-inch Sensus infotainment system with split-screen capability, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a full suite of advanced driver aids. You'll also get up to 85.7 cubic feet of max cargo capacity.

The RX359 comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control and an eight-inch standard touchscreen. However, parking sensors and a sunroof require an extra package, and a panoramic sunroof is only available as an option on the top trim. Plus, the RX-350 offers less than 60 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.

Test Drive the Volvo XC90 near Trevose, PA.

If you're in the market for a luxury three-row crossover, Faulkner Volvo Cars Trevose invites you to check out the new Volvo XC90. To experience the amenities, accommodations, and performance for yourself, schedule a test drive today. We'll be happy to give you a tour.

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