Volvo XC90 Vs. Lexus RX 350

Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX 350

The Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX 350 matchup is a contest between two premium luxury SUVs. Both of these SUVs have lots to offer drivers, but which one is the better choice for you and your loved ones?

This article will delve deep into the Lexus RX 350 vs. Volvo XC90 comparison, examining their respective performance potentials, dimensions, available trims, and more. We hope this will help you figure out which of these two luxury SUVs is the right fit for you.

Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX 350: Performance

The Volvo XC90 is available with three different powertrains. The base choice, the T5, features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes a muscular 250 horsepower. The T6 configuration adds a supercharger to the engine found on T5 versions of the Volvo XC90. This raises the horsepower output to a whopping 316 ponies.

The most powerful choice, however, is the plug-in hybrid version of the car. It pairs the T6 super- and turbocharged engine with a battery-and-motor system for 455 horsepower. As you blow by sedans and other SUVs on the highway, their drivers will wonder how your family-sized car is also so powerful.

As we compare Volvo XC90 and Lexus RX 350, we see that the latter has fewer available engines. The Lexus RX 350 has just one available. Its 3.5-liter V-6 makes 295 horsepower. Hybrid versions of the Lexus RX exist; these versions are badged as 450h models. The hybrid powertrain adds a battery-and-motor system to the Lexus SUV, but it only raises horsepower output to 308.

In the Volvo XC90 vs. RX 350 battle, the Volvo SUV dominates the performance category. It has a faster 0 to 60 speed and better engine options all-around. Will this hold up for the other categories?

Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX 350: Dimensions

The Volvo XC90 is a couple of inches taller, wider, and longer than the Lexus RX 350. This makes a lot of sense as most Lexus RX SUVs only sit five people, whereas the Volvo XC90 seats up to seven people. There are versions of the Lexus RX with a third row of seating, the RX 350L and other L models, but this is an expensive jump.

Our next stop on the Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX 350 tour is in the cabin of these vehicles. The Lexus RX 350 does have slightly more legroom in the front and second rows, but the Volvo XC90 makes up for this by seating more people. With 37 inches of second-row legroom, passengers in the Volvo XC90 certainly won't feel cramped either.

The more economical use of space in the Volvo XC90 offers more bang for your buck without forcing people into a cramped cabin. If you want to learn more about how the Volvo XC90 stacks up against other SUVs, then check out our Volvo XC90 vs. Acura MDX comparison.

Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX 350: Pricing

The base model of the Volvo XC90 is a bit more expensive than that of the Lexus RX 350. This tracks when one considers that it offers better acceleration, more power, a greater seating capacity, and the famous Volvo durability. To get the Lexus up to par with the Volvo XC90 in performance potential or seating, one has to shell out thousands of extra dollars.

When we compare the Lexus RX 350 and Volvo XC90, we notice that the former has more available trims. The Lexus RX is available as the:

  • Lexus RX 350
  • Lexus RX 450h
  • Lexus RX 350L
  • Lexus RX 350 F Sport
  • Lexus RX 450hL
  • Lexus RX 450h F Sport
  • Lexus RX 350L Luxury
  • Lexus RX 450hL Luxury

This dizzying array of options proves that luxury should be refined and accessible, not needlessly complicated. The Volvo XC90 is offered in the:

  • Momentum
  • Inscription
  • Recharge Inscription
  • Recharge R-Design

You don't need to make sure you figure out which model is a hybrid and features seven seats and has the features you want.

If our Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX 350 comparison has convinced you that the Volvo SUV is the way to go, then be sure to consider our Volvo XC90 lease deals. Leasing a vehicle lets you drive a brand-new car for a low monthly payment.

Volvo XC90

2022 Volvo XC90

Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder
0-60: 6.5 seconds
Combined MPG:1 23
Seats: Up to 7
Length: 195"
Width: 75.71"
Towing Capacity: 4,000 lbs. (when properly equipped)
Cargo Space: 65.5 cu. ft.
Interior Benefits:
  • 10-speaker high performance audio system
  • 9" Sensus touchscreen
  • Sensus navigation pro
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth®
  • SiriusXM®
  • 2 USB-A ports and 2 USB-C ports
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Lexus RX 350

2022 Lexus RX 350

Engine: 3.5L V6
0-60: 6.7 seconds
Combined MPG:1 23
Seats: Up to 7
Length: 192.5"
Width: 74.6"
Towing Capacity:3 3,500 lbs.
Cargo Space: 34.11 cu. ft.
Interior Benefits:
  • 8" touch display with touchpad
  • 9-speaker premium audio system
  • Bluetooth®
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Aux audio input jack
  • Navigation equipped
  • Voice recognition radio

Purchase a Volvo XC90 Today

The Volvo XC90 is the clear victor of the Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX 350 matchup. It offers better value, a stronger engine lineup, and a more refined style. Our dealership has the new Volvo XC90 for sale alongside a plethora of other new and used vehicles. Reach out today about a test drive.


Which is bigger, the Volvo XC90 or the Lexus RX 350?

The Volvo XC90 is slightly longer, taller, and wider than the Lexus RX 350. This translates into a seating capacity of seven people, as opposed to the five seats found in the Lexus SUV. There are longer versions of the Lexus RX available, the L models, but getting one requires paying for a more costly trim.

How do the Volvo XC90 safety features compare to those of the Lexus RX 350?

The Volvo XC90 has a higher National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety rating than the Lexus RX, five to four stars. The two have comparable lineups of safety features, but we trust the folks at the NHTSA when they say the Volvo XC90 is the safer vehicle.

Which has more cargo space, the Lexus RX 350 vs. Volvo XC90?

The Volvo XC90 has more cargo space than the Lexus RX 350. The Lexus has 16 cubic feet behind its second row. The Volvo XC90 has 12.6 cubes behind its third row and 35.6 if you fold that row down. This means that you can use your second row, just like in the Lexus SUV, and still fit more than twice as much stuff in the back of the vehicle.

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