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2021 UX 200 Base 4dr Front-wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $33,000
2021 UX 200 F SPORT 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,000
2021 UX 250h Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,200
2021 UX 250h F SPORT 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,200
2021 UX 200 Luxury 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,700
2021 UX 250h Luxury 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,900
Expert Rating
3.2 (Good)

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: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

The 2021 Lexus UX enters its third year on the market with standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The hybrid version gains an adjustable cargo shelf, allowing for two tiers of storage.

Choosing Your Lexus UX

The UX is offered in three trims: Base, F Sport, and Luxury. Pricing starts at $33,925 including destination and goes to $38,625 for the Luxury trim.

The hybrid-powered UX 250h is available in the same three trim levels, ranging from $36,125 to $40,825.

Engine Choices

All gas models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The hybrid uses the same engine, supplemented by a pair of electric motors.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L 4-Cylinder169 hp151 lb-ft32 mpg
2.0L 4-Cylinder Hybrid181 hpNot Rated39 mpg

The gas models come with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive is exclusive to the hybrid, where it's standard.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The UX is a subcompact crossover with seating for five, although four is the limit for comfortable travel. The gas model offers 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, and about twice that with the seat folded.

The hybrid's cargo area measures just 17.1 cubic feet due to the intrusion of the battery pack. With the new cargo shelf in use, buyers have up to 22 cubic feet to work with.

In all forms, the UX is more like a hatchback than a crossover when it comes to utility.

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Safety Features

Lexus spares nothing on the UX in terms of driver assistance technology. Nearly every worthwhile feature is standard, including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

A head-up display is available on all models for $500. The optional Intuitive Parking Assist ($565) furnishes rear automatic braking and front and rear parking sensors.

Connectivity

The standard infotainment system consists of a 7-inch touchscreen, six speakers, HD and satellite radio, four USB ports, wi-fi capability, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The Luxury gets navigation, eight speakers, and a 10.3-inch touchscreen. These items are available on the lower trims in a $2,200 bundle.

Wireless device charging is a $75 standalone option on all trims.

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Base — From $33,925

The UX 200 comes with NuLuxe imitation leather upholstery, power eight-way front seats, dual automatic climate control, LED headlights and taillights, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The $1,175 Premium Package adds heated and ventilated front seats, automatic wipers, a sunroof, and textured dashboard trim. Individual options include a handsfree power liftgate ($600), a heated steering wheel ($150), and wiper de-icers ($100). An adaptive front lighting package with headlight washers and LED fog light and corning lights costs $1,660.

F-Sport — From $35,925

The F-Sport features more aggressive exterior trim, front sport seats, a firmer suspension, upgraded instrumentation, paddle shifters, and standard LED fog and corning lights. The Premium Package for the F-Sport ($975) provides the sunroof, automatic wipers, and heated front seats. Those feature also come in the $2,390 Luxury Package, along with ventilated front seats, driver memory, the handsfree liftgate, and power-folding side mirrors.

Luxury — From $38,625

The Luxury comes standard with the contents of the Premium and Luxury packages, plus genuine leather seating and illuminated air vent controls.

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CarsDirect Tip

Buyers expecting a Lexus level of luxury will probably be disappointed by the first two trims. As the name implies, the Luxury model is the choice for those who want a plusher driving experience.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Bold styling
  • Miserly hybrid
  • Feels premium inside
  • Excellent safety record
Cons
  • Quite slow
  • Tight rear seats
  • Clunky infotainment
  • Gets expensive quickly
Expert Rating
3.2 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The new Lexus. Once upon a time, Lexus conjured visions of marshmallow-shaped luxury sedans. Lexus drivers of that era might not recognize the 2021 Lexus UX – a tiny crossover with more creases than an origami crane.

The UX is a petite crossover in the vein of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, which makes the Lexus hourglass grille look especially large on its nose. It’s complemented by sharp LED headlights that blend into a body full of edges and facets. Luxury cars sometimes cater to conservative tastes, but not the UX, and we applaud it for daring to be different.

Inside, things are more muted. The trim is high quality, and the dash is mostly occupied by a wide infotainment screen above piano-style buttons. The exterior may be brash, but the classic Lexus luxury lives on.

Fits five, barely. Up front, the Lexus UX is surprisingly comfortable. The power-adjustable seats are supportive even in base form, and the F Sport buckets are even more heavily bolstered. Head room isn’t exceptional, but only the tallest drivers will notice.

The back seat is less pleasant. Second-row passengers get only 33.1 inches of leg room, which is several inches less than you’ll find in an X1 or Q3. Shoulder room is in short supply, making it difficult to seat three abreast, and narrow doors aren’t the easiest to navigate.

Cargo capacity isn’t much of an improvement. The gas-powered UX 200 gets 21.7 cubic feet behind the seats, which is only average. The hybrid UX 250h needs space for its electric motors, leaving only 17.1 cubic feet – less than many hatchbacks.


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The tortoise, not the hare. The Lexus UX comes with your choice of gas or hybrid power, but don’t expect either to be fast. The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes an uninspiring 169 horsepower, and the hybrid manages only 12 more.

The hybrid is only available with all-wheel drive, and the extra weight offsets the power bump. Both versions are available in F Sport form, but the paddle shifters sporty accents feel out of place when acceleration is this sluggish. On the plus side, the hybrid is impressively thrifty at an EPA-estimated 39 miles per gallon combined, which means you won’t be stopping at the gas pump very often.

The UX further atones with its ride quality, which is generally good. It’s not a sports car, but the steering response is quick, and the multi-link rear suspension soaks up imperfections well. Larger F Sport wheels stiffen the ride, which is one more reason to steer clear.

Too much tech? The UX is heavy on tech, and, in some cases, that’s a good thing. We’re glad to see standard blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, especially when they’re paired with a sterling crash test record.

At other points, the UX’s tech misses the mark. The infotainment screen is wide and attractive, but it isn’t touch compatible. Instead, drivers can choose between three control methods: wheel-mounted buttons, voice commands, or a touchpad on the center console. All three feel somewhat clunky, and are ironically more distracting than a touchscreen.

The UX’s tech also comes at a price, as the crossover gets expensive in a hurry. Hybrid models start past $36,000, which is expensive given the vehicle’s petite size.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Lexus UX may be bold on the outside, but the rest is right down the middle. Acceleration is uninspiring, cabin space is average, and value is debatable. All the same, the UX is a distinctive pick in a sea of faceless crossovers, and its luxurious trim and thrifty hybrid may be enough to tempt the right buyer.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 169 HP / 151 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 10-spd sequential shift control w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
29 / 37 / 33 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 169 HP / 151 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
29 / 37 / 33 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
12.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$47
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
90 Cu.ft. / 89 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
177.0 "
Exterior Width
72.4 "
Exterior Height
60.6 "
Front Headroom
37.2 " / 35.7 "
Rear Headroom
36.3 "
Front Legroom
42.1 "
Rear Legroom
33.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
52.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,307 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Nuluxe Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 / 8
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Pre-collision System (pcs) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert (lda) With Steering Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Tracing Assist (lta) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System (pcs) W/pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Vehicle Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Automatic High Beam (ahb) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Intuitive Park Assist Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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