Would you consider a Lexus for your next luxury car? For the next few minutes, I’m going to bring you a closer look at one of Lexus’ brand new models — the 2019 Lexus UX.
It seems like not a month goes by where a luxury automaker doesn’t drop a brand new crossover. However, when you meet the Lexus UX in real life you’ll realize it’s so small that it almost looks like a hatchback and not just another crossover gracing our American roads. It does battle the likes of the Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40 but in my opinion, that job is better suited for the Lexus NX.
2019 Lexus UX 250h AWD Exterior
The Lexus UX seems like it’s really trying hard to be the replacement for the CT200h — it’s just doing it with 2019’s crossover obsession in mind. Using the same platform as the Toyota CH-R, the length and width of the Lexus UX are not far off from rivals but it is one of the shortest in the segment standing at 60.6 inches in height. I would say it’s closest in size to the GLA.
Looks-wise I really like the styling, as it stays true to the concept and does a great job of appealing to the younger demo it’s going after. The design highlight that sticks out the most and can be considered a departure from the norm for Lexus are the rear taillights, AKA the Aero Stabilizing Blade Lights. Lexus says they actually help with overall stability by reducing turbulence and lift. I do recommend going for the F Sport Package for sleeker looks, and the two new exterior colors Cadmium Orange or Nori Green.
What the Lexus UX lacks in size, it more than makes up for it with styling, comfort, a quality interior, and outstanding fuel economy. Let’s get more into that!
2019 Lexus UX 250h AWD Interior
The fact that Acura and Lexus carry over buttons and switches from Honda and Toyota models has always bothered me. Well, that seems to be changing and it is most apparent in the newer Lexus models like the ES and Lexus UX. Of course, the Lexus LC does the best job of setting an example for the rest of the brand’s lineup.
Now, back to the interior of the Lexus UX, because it is simply outstanding. The amazingly comfortable and quite interior is packed with a long list of standard options and high-quality materials. It is genuinely one of the best interiors in the segment. My test model, the Lexus UX 250h AWD Luxury also came with the Washi interior trim which is supposed to mimic the soft grain of Japanese paper, and really adds a nice look to the cabin.
Tech-wise, all Lexus UX models come standard with Apple CarPlay, four USB ports, Lexus Enform, Bluetooth, Lexus Remote Touchpad and much more. I would recommend upgrading to the 10.3-inch display with navi as it is a very nice display. Depending on the model you pick can also add an upgraded sound system, a wireless charger, heated and cooled seats, heated steering, and a range of driver-assist tech.
Size-wise, things can get a little tight inside the Lexus UX. Rear legroom comes in at 33.1-inches but if the driver and passenger are around six feet or taller, rear passengers will feel a little cramped. Cargo capacity comes in at 17.1 cubic-feet for the UX 250h, and 21.7 cubic-feet for the non-hybrid model.
2019 Lexus UX 250h AWD Safety
Along with the standard run of the mill safety features, the Lexus UX offers a range of driver assist tech including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and much more.
2019 Lexus UX 250h AWD Performance
Power for the 2019 Lexus UX 250h AWD comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a hybrid system. Working together, the system produces 181 horsepower allowing the hybrid UX to go from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 110 mph. Regarding fuel economy, the Lexus UX 250h gets an EPA-rated 41 city, 38 highway*.
Lexus currently offers three performance models in its lineup with all of them being a sedan or coupe. You have the RC F, GS F, and the LC. That being said, I think Lexus definitely has the potential to add performance versions of other models like the UX, NX, and RX.
I think the UX has a lot of potential, as the ride quality is very solid, and the handling is dynamic enough that you feel like it’s demanding more power under the hood. Nonetheless, this is a hybrid, and I managed a total of 37.2 mpg throughout my week-long test, and filled up the 10.6-gallon capacity tank for just $23.
2019 Lexus UX 250h AWD Overall
Overall, the Lexus UX is a much-welcomed addition to the subcompact luxury crossover segment. Prices for the hybrid model start at just $34,000** so in my opinion, you’re getting a lot of value for this tiny crossover if it’s going to be your main daily driver. Visit your local AutoNation Lexus dealership for a test drive today.
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.