2016 Volvo XC90 vs Lexus RX 350 Comparison

2016 Volvo XC90 vs Lexus RX 350
2016 Volvo XC90 2016 Lexus RX 350
  22 city / 26 hwy mpg * Fuel Economy 18 city / 25 hwy mpg *
  258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm Torque 248 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm
  8-speed automatic Transmission 6-speed shiftable automatic
  Standard Heated/Cooled seats Optional
  Standard Navigation Optional

2016 Volvo XC90 vs 2016 Lexus RX 350

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Midsize luxury crossover SUVs are perfect for drivers who love the interior space and sedan-like driving feel of crossovers, but with additional or more advanced features. For the 2016 model year, the Volvo XC90 and the Lexus RX 350 are two of the prime entries. Although emerging triumphant against a stalwart in the midsize luxury crossover segment seems to be a herculean task, the 2016 Volvo XC90 actually manages to pull off a couple of advantages.

Interior Room

For one thing, the 2016 Volvo XC90 is one of the few midsize luxury crossover SUVs out there that gives you the option of a third row of seats. Typically, midsize crossovers come with two rows of seats that accommodate up to five occupants. However, with some trim combinations, you can get a seven-seater with the added third row. By comparison, the 2016 Lexus RX 350 is only manufactured as a five-seater.

Performance Options

Moreover, the 2016 Volvo XC90 has a pair of engine configuration choices. For more fuel efficiency, you can go with a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) turbocharged engine, which has an ample output of 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The other engine configuration choice is a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged I4, which produces 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Lexus RX 350, on the other hand, has a 3.5-liter V6, which, despite being bigger than the choices on the XC90, produces 21 less horsepower and 28 less lb-ft of torque than the Volvo’s peak output.

Premium Features

The infotainment components of each vehicle couldn’t be more further apart in terms of usability. Automotive writers in general remark that the infotainment system on the 2016 Volvo XC90 is among the best in the midsize luxury crossover SUV segment, due to several features that appeal to a wide range of buyers. Music lovers would appreciate the 10-speaker, 330-watt stereo system, which comes with a 9-inch touchscreen audio display that is so responsive that you can use it wearing gloves. There’s also Bluetooth for audio streaming and hands-free phone calling, a 6-month SiriusXM satellite radio subscription, steering wheel-mounted controls, a rear parking assistance camera, Apple CarPlay for controlling infotainment features on the touchscreen with an iPhone, and Volvo On-Call for emergency assistance.

The Lexus vehicle lacks smartphone integration technology, like the aforementioned Apple CarPlay, or even Android Auto (for Android-powered devices). Moreover, the Remote Touch joystick controller, which is available on upper-level trims, is hard to use, since it is ultra-responsive and can be distracting when driving.


Want to see for yourself why the 2016 Volvo XC90 is a better midsize luxury crossover SUV than the 2016 Lexus RX 350? At our Volvo dealership in Tallahassee, you’ll be welcomed by terrific customer service by our expert sales professionals, as well as great deals on much of our inventory. Call us today to set up an appointment and test drive the 2016 Volvo XC90.

* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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