Lexus RX Hybrid Vs. Volvo XC Hybrid

Industry experts and automotive reviewers agree that these two hybrid SUVs have positioned themselves in the top tier of vehicles that deliver size, strength, and hybrid efficiency for families. We've compared the Lexus RX 450h vs. Volvo XC90 Hybrid at several levels; read on below to discover how each model stacks up against each other. We've broken it all down for you, from towing capacity and driving modes to hybrid-specific federal tax credits and driving-assistance features.

2021 Lexus RX 450h
Price: starting at $47,820
Engine: 3.5L Hybrid V6
HP: 308
0-60: 7.9 seconds
# of seats: 5-7
Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs
Range: up to 481 miles (highway only)
MPGe: 29 city / 28 HWY
2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge
Price: starting at $63,450
Engine: 2.0L Intercooled Turbo I-4
HP: 400
0-60: 6.7 seconds
# of seats: 6-7
Towing Capacity: 4,000 to 5,000 lbs
Range: up to 520 miles; 18 miles on electricity alone
MPGe: 21 city / 30 HWY
Shop Model: Volvo XC90 Hybrid SUVs for Sale

A Host of Hybrids

Hybrid SUVs are the newest battle between Lexus vs. Volvo, and each competitor has plenty of backup.

The Volvo XC90 comes in three trims, each of which features a 12.3" digital information display for the driver, an automated lane keeping aid that reads the road, and dual integrated tailpipes.

  • Momentum - Starting at $49,695 MSRP*

  • R-Design - Starting at $56,295 MSRP*

  • Inscription - Starting at $63,945 MSRP*

The Lexus RX hybrid comes in four different styles, which all have adjustable front seats and dual-zone climate control.

  • RX 450h AWD - Starting at $49,400 MSRP*

  • RX 450h F Sport AWD - Starting at $51,300*

  • RX 450h F Sport AWD Black Line Special Edition - Starting at $51,985*

  • RX 450hL AWD - Starting at $51,210*

Those looking for premium features like a black-accented headliner, wood interior trim, or a leather-trimmed heated steering wheel should consider the Black Line Special Edition and RX 450hL AWD models.

But if you want durability and easy-to-clean materials that also show style, look through any of the three Volvo trims. Both the cloth and leather interiors are made to take a beating from sweaty post-practice pads, boots muddied from an early morning hike, or any other challenge the great outdoors has in store. As you analyze the RX 450 vs. XC90 cabins, consider how many passengers you'll usually have (only the Volvo XC90 seats up to seven) and where you'll be taking them.

The Little Engine That Can… Do Less

The XC90 Recharge can outrun the Lexus RX450h because it has 92 more horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, as opposed to the Lexus RX's 7.9 seconds. The Lexus RX 450h towing capacity lags behind the Volvo by more than 200 lb-ft. of torque, proving the Volvo hybrid SUV can outlift it as well. Keep this in mind if you like to bring more than just your swimsuit to the lake, beach, or campground. Consider how far you want to take your new vehicle too.

Only one of these hybrid SUVs has a fully electric driving mode: the Volvo XC90. Switch into a drive powered purely by electricity in the Volvo XC90, and you'll be able to tap into all the traditional SUV talents without harmful exhaust making its way out of the back of your vehicle. This is one area where the Lexus RX 450h gas mileage doesn't stack up, as the XC90 Recharge emits 30% less carbon dioxide emissions than the RX 450.*

Tech for Traffic & Staying In Touch

Looking for the top tech features? You'll find new-wave attributes that come standard in the MY21 XC90, like cross traffic alert and inductive smart phone charging. If you're looking for those features in a Lexus SUV, you'll have to find your wallet first. Make sure to decide if features like driver-assistance capabilities while parking or changing lanes, or multiple outlets throughout the cabin are important to you before choosing between the Lexus RX 450h vs. Volvo XC90 Hybrid.

Dressed To Impress

Contrast each of these hybrid SUV's color profiles and find the coat that's calling out to you. The Lexus RX 450h vs. Volvo XC90 Hybrid both come in quite the variety of colors.

Available colors of the Lexus RX 450h include:

  • Eminent White Pearl
  • Atomic Silver
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Obsidian
  • Matador Red Mica
  • Nightfall Mica
  • Nori Green Pearl
  • Moonbeam Beige Metallic

Available colors of the Volvo XC90 Hybrid include:

  • Thunder Grey Metallic
  • Ice White
  • Denim Blue Metallic
  • Pebble Grey Metallic
  • Onyx Black Metallic
  • Birch Light Metallic
  • Savile Grey Metallic
  • Bright Silver Metallic
  • Pine Grey Metallic
  • Crystal White Metallic

Getting Credit Where Credit Is Due

Our vehicle experts and finance team go above and beyond when it comes to pursuing every possibility of getting you into the hybrid SUV of your choice. This includes exploring tax credits and incentives you and the model itself are eligible for. When making a Volvo XC90 to Lexus RX comparison, knowing the ins and outs of these credits helps you make an authentic price comparison.

The XC90 Recharge is eligible for the Federal Tax Credit of $5,419 and numerous incentives from local and state governments as well. Much of this is due to the XC90's battery size. Unfortunately for Lexus drivers, the RX 450h has a smaller battery and therefore doesn't meet the requirements for many of these various incentives.

From the pump to the bank and every road in between, the Volvo XC90 Recharge stands alone from a plethora of perspectives. Visit our showroom today to learn more about your little one's favorite family car for years to come.


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Disclosure1 Prices shown are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), Base Price or Starting At price and excludes destination fees, taxes, title, license, and registration and/or electronic filing fees, dealer fees. Images shown are for informational purposes only. They may not necessarily represent the configurable options selected or available on the vehicle and they do not show true renderings of colors and/or upholstery. We cannot be responsible for typographical or other errors, including data transmission, display, or software errors, that may appear on the site.
2MSRP excludes delivery, processing and handling fee of $1,025, which may be subject to change at any time. Excludes taxes, title, license and optional equipment. Dealer price will vary.
3 Based on comparison of MY21 XC90 Recharge Inscription Expression vs. MY21 Lexus RX450h. Lexus information obtained from manufacturer website.
4 C02 emissions data provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency