2020 UX 250h New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Lexus UX is a new compact crossover that shares the platform of the Toyota C-HR. The smallest Lexus utility vehicle, it's worth the wait.
The 2019 UX outscores some of its rivals with a nicer ride and more space in the rear. Its styling is dramatic, while the cabin is stylish; call it fierce on the outside and friendly on the inside.
The new crossovers comes as a front-wheel-drive UX200 making 168 horsepower, and an all-wheel-drive UX250h hybrid making 176 horsepower. Both engines are mated to a CVT. The UX weighs about 3,600 pounds.
The EPA rates the UX200 at 29 mpg city, 37 highway, 33 combined. The front-drive hybrid is pegged at 42 mpg combined, the AWD model, 39 mpg combined.
The 2019 UX hasn't been crash tested yet, but standard equipment includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and active lane control. Blind-spot monitors and a head-up display are standard on all models beyond the base Premium. .
Both Lexus UX versions come in three trim levels: Premium, Luxury, and F Sport.
The $33,025 Lexus UX200 comes with front-wheel drive, while the $35,025 Lexus UX250h has all-wheel drive. Standard equipment in both Premium models includes cloth upholstery, power sunroof, 6-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, and USB ports front and rear.
The Luxury models adds synthetic leather seats with heating and cooling, power tilt/telescope steering, blind-spot monitors, and a hands-free tailgate.
F Sport models add firmer suspension tuning, paddle shifters for the CVT, active sound control for a sportier exhaust note, sport seats, a larger gauge display screen, and F Sport badging.
Navigation is available with a 10.3-inch display screen. Apple CarPlay comes standard, but Android Auto isn't available..