The 2021 Volvo XC60 is a moderately sized SUV that provides both all and front wheel drive, four different powertrains and some of the best standardized safety features in its class. What happens when it goes up against the 2021 Lexus NX, a luxurious sport utility vehicle with a thrifty hybrid, relaxing seats and fantastic visuals?

Design & Style

The exterior of the Lexus NX is covered with creases, angles and a swanky hourglass grille that looks great. The cabin looks best in red leather, with a tablet screen and symmetrical dashboard that is well organized with readily accessible buttons. The leather seats feel good to sit in and will provide continuous support even during the longest journeys. The Volvo XC60 sits on eighteen inch wheels with an upright stance which provides lots of head and legroom to those fortunate enough to sit in it. The seats are ventilated which means they can be heated or cooled to provide maximum comfort and will even massage your back after a stressful day in the office.

Technology & Safety

The Volvo XC60 is one of the safest SUVs on the road, earning both a 5 star NHTSA rating and IIHS Top Safety Pick award. Emergency automated brakes come standard, and it can also monitor blind spots, provide steering assistance and has cruise control which is adaptive. Luxuries within its cabin include a fully digitized gauge cluster that is 12.3 inches in size, power lift gate, keyless start and climate control which covers four zones.

The Lexus NX has done well on its crash tests, also earning a five star rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS also gave it a Top Safety Pick designation due to its many safety features, including a camera with surround view, cruise and lane control, multiple airbags and reinforced frame designed to withstand heavy impacts. Comforts in its cabin include powered seats, eight inch displays, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and ventilated seats.


The Lexus NX is equipped with a turbo 4, 2 liter engine that can generate 235 horsepower which is wedded to a six speed automatic transmission. It also has traction which is all weather and will keep the car on the road during even the most adverse climactic conditions. The Volvo XC60 is also equipped with a turbo 4, 2 liter engine that can generate250 horsepower that is wedded to an eight speed automatic transmission.

The Bottom Line

Though both SUVs are nearly tied when it comes to performance and use the same turbo 4 engines, the Lexus NX makes an unpleasant road noise, some find its controls frustrating and its gas mileage is lackluster, making the Volvo XC60 the winner.

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