Small entry level sport utility vehicles have flooded the market during the past few years. Some have hit the mark others have faded away with little to no fanfare. 2019 marks the debut of another contender, the Lexus UX.
This front or all-wheel-drive, 5 passenger, 4-door hatchback offers affordability, some luxury and the famed Lexus nameplate.
There are two trims available the UX200 that puts you in the driver’s seat of a Lexus starting at around $33,025 and the UX250 that has more power and features and a starting price tag of $35,025.
The Lexus UX has an interesting modern styling that helps it stand apart from its German competitors. Out front the new UX sports a massive Lexus styled spindle grille, aggressive accents along the sides and lots of well-designed LED lighting out back.
Out on the road the Lexus UX handles nicely. Better than what you would expect from a smaller SUV. Acceleration could be stronger from UX200’s 169-hp 2.0 liter inline 4-cylinder engine. The UX250 offers up more horse power and all-wheel-drive capability. What the UX lacks in power it makes up in estimated fuel economy which comes in at 33 to 38 mpg combined.
The Lexus UX cabin brings some luxury to the package. The interior finishes are well done, seating is comfortable, and the dash layout is slick. There are also a lot of tech gadgets available. The infotainment system could be easier to use but all the necessities like navigation, WIFI hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa capabilities are present.
Standard safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with lane tracing assist, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist and road sign assist.
The 2019 Lexus UX is a viable option for the buyer looking for good value, some modern-day flare all stamped by an established nameplate like Lexus.
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