Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - December 13, 2018

2019 Lexus UX OVERVIEW

Lexus has mainly stuck to mid-size and large SUVs, but that changes with the all-new 2019 Lexus UX. The UX is the Japanese automaker's first vehicle in the subcompact crossover SUV segment. While late to the party, the UX makes up for it with unique styling, a roomier rear seat than some competitors, and an affordable price tag. A hybrid variant adds better fuel economy to the mix.

What's New for 2019

The UX is an all-new model for 2019.

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Choosing Your Lexus UX

Both the UX and the UX Hybrid come with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine. In the non-hybrid variants, it's rated to make 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed through the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This setup achieves an EPA-estimated 29 miles per gallon city, 37 mpg highway, and 33 combined.

The UX Hybrid comes with the same engine and the CVT as the non-hybrid version, but adds two electric motors (one at both ends of the vehicle) and a nickel-metal hydride battery. All-wheel drive is standard for the hybrid, and operates at speeds of up to 44 miles per hour. Combined output for the system is rated at 181 hp. Fuel economy for the UX Hybrid is rated at 41/48/39 mpg (city/highway/combined) by the automaker.

Despite being Lexus' smallest SUV, the UX still comes with all of the latest safety features as standard. The brand's Lexus Safety System Plus 2.0 is standard on every trim level, which includes a forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, lane keeping assist, road sign assist, and intelligent high-beam headlights.

Cargo area for the regular UX is rated at 21.7 cubic feet, while the UX Hybrid is rated to hold up to 17.1 cubic feet of cargo. While that's below average for the segment, the UX's 33.1 inches of rear leg room is better than a lot of the competition.

The UX is available in six trims:


Pricing for the base UX 200 starts at $33,025 (all prices include the $1,025 destination charge). Standard equipment includes heated exterior mirrors, bi-LED headlights, LED taillights, daytime running lights, 18-inch wheels, keyless entry with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, NuLuxe upholstery, and eight-way power-adjustable front seats. On the tech front, the UX features a drive mode selector with three drive modes (Sport, Normal, and ECO), Apple CarPlay compatibility, a six-speaker audio system, Amazon Alexa integration, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a seven-inch display, and a backup camera.

The Premium Package ($1,175) brings heated and ventilated front seats, a moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and Washi interior trim. However, choosing the package also requires you to add a blind-spot monitoring system for $500, and you have to choose between a 10.3-inch display and a navigation system ($2,200) or an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink ($325). Notable standalone options include triple-beam auto-leveling LED headlights ($1,600), an auto-dimming rearview mirror ($325), wireless charging ($75), a heated and leather-trimmed steering wheel ($150), a hands-free liftgate ($600), a color head-up display ($500), and a moonroof ($1,100).

200 F Sport

The $35,025 F Sport variant adds some sporty touches over the regular UX 200, including bespoke 18-inch wheels, an F Sport-tuned suspension, a unique exterior body kit, LED fog lights and cornering lights, active sound control, F Sport bolstered front seats, a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel, paddle shifters, F Performance digital gauges, an eight-inch multi-information display, aluminum pedals, and front and rear aluminum door-sill scuff plates.

The Premium Package ($975) adds a moonroof and rain-sensing windshield wipers, and still requires the blind-spot monitoring system and choice between the 10.3-inch display with navigation and auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Luxury Package ($2,890) brings a memory system for the driver's seat, exterior side-view mirrors, and steering wheel, wirelessly powered LED-illuminated air-vent knobs, front and rear aluminum door-sill scuff plates, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, acoustic front side glass, a hands-free liftgate, and blind-spot monitoring. Adding the Luxury Package requires you to add the navigation system and 10.3-inch display for an additional $2,200.


The UX 250h is the base hybrid variant and also starts at $35,025. Besides the hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive, the UX 250h has similar standard and available features as the base UX 200.

250h F Sport

The UX 250h F Sport costs $37,025 and has the same standard and optional features as the UX 200 F Sport.

200 Luxury

The UX 200 Luxury trim carries a starting price of $38,225. Standard features include a memory system for the driver's seat, exterior mirrors, and steering wheel, blind-spot monitoring, a hands-free liftgate, acoustic front side glass, auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, front and rear aluminum door-sill scuff plates, and wireless powered LED-illuminated air-vent knobs. There are no available packages for the Luxury trim.

250h Luxury

Pricing for the UX 250h Luxury starts at $40,225. The model comes with the same standard features as the UX 200 Luxury.

CarsDirect Tip

With a large gap in fuel economy between the base and hybrid models, we recommend going with the 2019 Lexus UX 250h. It's not that much more than the standard UX 200, has the same standard features, and has much better fuel economy. Plus, the standard all-wheel-drive system makes it an attractive choice for those that live in climates that are affected by inclement weather. The Premium Package is a worthy upgrade, too, but the weird pricing model that forces you to go with extra features may turn some off.

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