2020 Lexus RX vs. Volvo XC90

Cars like the 2020 Lexus RX and the 2020 Volvo XC90 are often at the forefront for drivers looking for a luxury SUV. Both offer refined performance, a smooth ride, comfort, and versatility. Both vehicles have all-wheel drive and are available in hybrid options. But how do they stack up against each other?

Luxury & Convenience


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  • Seat Comfort: The Volvo XC90 features typically Swedish minimalist design which appeals to many people. It can seat up to seven passengers in its three rows, although the third row is a little stiff and cramped for adults. The base T5 model has premium vinyl seating surfaces. Inside the Lexus RX 350 are soft NuLuxe simulated leather seats that offer support and comfort, even on the longest road trip. The power-folding and reclining second row ensures that rear-seat passengers are comfortable. The standard RX seats five, while the longer and even more spacious RX350L and RX 450hL seat seven and six passengers, respectively, and both feature a power-folding and reclining third row.


  • Power: The Volvo XC90 T5 entry-level model offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The 2020 Lexus RX 350 features a smooth and powerful 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 295 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque.
  • Ride Comfort: The standard Lexus RX has optimized suspension to provide you with a refined ride on almost any road surface. The insulated cabin keeps road and wind noise to a minimum so you can concentrate on driving. Stepping up to the F-Sport models offers you the option of Adaptive Variable Suspension, giving you sporty performance without sacrificing ride quality.
  • The Volvo XC90 lacks the finesse of the Lexus, and you may experience tire patter on uneven road surfaces and minor shudders over bumps. The optional adaptive air suspension reduces the problem but doesn't eliminate it completely.

Safety & Security

  • Driver Assist Features: As you would expect from luxury brands like Lexus and Volvo, a range of driver assistance features is standard. The Volvo XC90 has adaptive cruise control, lane centering assist, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic warning, and an oncoming-traffic lane mitigation system. The RX features the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 which includes all-speed dynamic cruise control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, intelligent high beams, and Road Sign Assist. If you accidentally press the brake and accelerator at the same time, Smart Stop Technology will reduce the engine power to help prevent an accident.


  • The Lexus RX has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $44,150 for the RX 350 and rising to $50,550 for the RX 450h F-Sport hybrid model. The Volvo XC90 MSRP starts at $47,200 but rises steeply to $72,350 for the top-of-the-line plug-in hybrid.

Both the 2020 Lexus RX and the Volvo XC90 are outstanding luxury SUVs, but RX boasts unique styling and offers a luxurious driving experience that really set it apart from the crowd. For a closer look at the superb features of the Lexus RX, schedule a test drive at Lexus of Atlanta.