What the critics say
The 2019 Lexus UX
“When you’re late to the party, you’d better make a bold entrance.” The first subcompact crossover from Lexus does just that: Its exterior “employs so many cuts, creases, and shiny chrome details that it cannot help but stand out from the crowd.” But looks aren’t all here. The $34,000 hybrid model—the UX250h—also has eco cred, and because of the lowered center of gravity, “there is a surprising agility on twisty roads.”
Car and Driver
That’s not surprising. Under its Lexus skin, “the UX is essentially a Toyota,” riding on a platform shared by the C-HR and delivering, in this case, “a satisfying sense of quiet refinement.” The UX’s entry-level 169-hp engine is merely adequate, though, and even the quieter 175-hp drivetrain in the hybrid “doesn’t feel as if it belongs in a luxury car.” More convincing—once you look past the frustrating infotainment system and limited cargo space—is the UX’s cabin. Up front, plush details include soft faux leather and a unique dash trim that evokes fine, hand-pressed Japanese paper.
Kelley Blue Book
“As an entry-level premium crossover for the urban commuter,” either UX is “easily recommendable.” Still, we prefer the hybrid, the only UX offering all-wheel drive and class-leading fuel efficiency. Though it’s only marginally more powerful than the base model, “the extra oomph is appreciated.” ■