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2019 Lexus UX Hybrid Review

The all-new 2019 Lexus UX Hybrid finishes near the bottom of our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings. While it's fuel-efficient and makes a great commuter vehicle, the UX Hybrid feels underpowered compared to many class rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Supple ride quality
  • Great fuel economy
  • Attractive interior
  • Below-average cargo capacity
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Lackluster powertrain

Is the Lexus UX Hybrid a Good SUV?

Despite its ranking, the Lexus UX Hybrid is a good SUV. This small luxury crossover offers excellent fuel economy, a smooth ride, and easy maneuverability. Inside, comfortable seats and a handsome appearance raise its appeal. However, nearly every competitor boasts livelier performance and a more user-friendly infotainment system.

Should I Buy the Lexus UX Hybrid?

This Lexus makes a great choice for buyers who care more about fuel efficiency than driving enjoyment. It’s also likely to be more affordable than many other luxury hybrid and electric SUVs. Still, you should check out competitors such as the Infiniti QX30 and Acura RDX.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus UX Hybrid?

Since it is brand new for the 2019 model year, it will be difficult to find used UX Hybrid models.

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How Much Does the Lexus UX Hybrid Cost?

The UX Hybrid's $34,150 starting price is more affordable than many other luxury hybrid and electric SUVs, and it's par for the course among similar-sized luxury subcompact SUVs. Additionally, a fully loaded UX Hybrid costs less than many fully loaded class rivals.

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Lexus UX Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Lexus UX Hybrid or Infiniti QX30?

The Infiniti QX30 is more powerful than the UX Hybrid, and although it gets worse gas mileage, this Infiniti still gets some of the best mpg ratings among nonhybrid luxury subcompact SUVs. The QX30 also has a richer interior and more cargo space than its Lexus rival. On the other hand, the UX Hybrid has more standard safety and tech features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, neither of which are available in the Infiniti. Neither SUV is a top vehicle in its class. Before choosing either, shop the competition.

Which Is Better: Lexus UX Hybrid or Acura RDX?

The Acura RDX finishes near the top of our luxury compact SUV rankings. The UX Hybrid gets better gas mileage, but the RDX wins in most other areas. It's more powerful and more athletic than the UX Hybrid, and it has a great interior, with two rows of spacious seats, plenty of cargo space, and a ton of features. The RDX costs a little more than the UX Hybrid (about $3,300 more), but it's worth the extra money.

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UX Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the UX Hybrid Seat?

The UX Hybrid seats five and comes with leatherette upholstery. The front seats are comfortable and have ample space. The rear seats are a bit cramped, but there's enough room for two adults to ride back there in relative comfort.

UX Hybrid and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors.

UX Hybrid Interior Quality

The UX Hybrid's attractive interior features a mix of high- and low-grade materials. Some reviewers think the materials provide an upscale feel, while others argue that too many hints of cheapness slip through.

UX Hybrid Cargo Space

Most luxury subcompact SUVs and luxury hybrid and electric SUVs have more cargo space than the UX Hybrid, which gives you about 17 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats. That's enough room for luggage for a weekend getaway, but the high liftover height, sloped roofline, and rear hatch can make it tough to load heavy or bulky objects.

UX Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include an infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, the Lexus Remote Touch interface, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and three USB ports. Available features include an upgraded infotainment system with a 10.25-inch display screen, navigation, and an eight-speaker audio system.

The infotainment system has its share of issues. The Remote Touch controller is more difficult to use than a touch screen or physical buttons would be, and the confusing interface requires a significant learning curve.

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UX Hybrid Performance

UX Hybrid Engine: Let's Just Say It's Not Fast

This Lexus hybrid comes with a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine to put out 175 horsepower. While the engine gives you enough power for most driving situations, the lethargic acceleration may try your patience at times. Nearly every competitor feels more energetic.

UX Hybrid Gas Mileage: Setting the Bar

Few nonhybrid rivals come close to the UX Hybrid's fuel economy estimate, which sits at 39 mpg for combined city and highway driving. Rivals like the Infiniti QX30 and Acura RDX get 27 and 24 mpg combined city/highway, respectively.

UX Hybrid Ride and Handling: Comfortable and Composed

Though most competitors provide more driving enjoyment, the UX Hybrid handles well and is easy to maneuver in tight spaces and on crowded city streets. It also absorbs road imperfections with ease, giving you a cushioned ride.

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UX Hybrid Reliability

Is the Lexus UX Hybrid Reliable?

The Lexus UX Hybrid does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Lexus UX Hybrid Warranty

Lexus covers the UX 250h with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hybrid-related components are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.

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UX Hybrid Safety

UX Hybrid Crash Test Results

The Lexus UX Hybrid has not yet been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

UX Hybrid Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane trace assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. Available features include a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, and front and rear cross traffic alert.

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Which Lexus UX Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The Lexus UX 250h hybrid comes in only one trim, and it carries a starting price of $34,150. It features a 175-horsepower hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive. It comes with an infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, the Lexus Remote Touch interface, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and three USB ports.

There are also plenty of standard active safety features, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane trace assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection.

Available features include a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, front and rear cross traffic alert, and an upgraded infotainment system with a 10.25-inch display screen, navigation, and an eight-speaker audio system. You can also add an F Sport package that increases horsepower to 181 and includes revised springs, stabilizer bars, and unique wheels.

Lexus makes a nonhybrid UX (known as the UX 200), which we cover in a separate review.

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The Final Call

The all-new 2019 Lexus UX Hybrid delivers great fuel economy and a smooth ride, but it's not nearly as fun to drive as some of its competitors. Overall, this is a decent SUV. It finishes near the bottom of our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings because it doesn't exude the all-around excellence of some rivals.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • Ultimately, the UX may not handle better than a BMW X1 or look as smart as a Jaguar E-Pace, but for urban-focused drivers seeking eco alternatives to conventionally-powered cars who don't want to pay extra for a plug-in or full EV (and their current range compromises), this capable hybrid is a unique solution and silhouette." -- Autoblog
  • Like lots of its rivals, the UX is aimed at the type of urban-dwelling young people whom demographers believe want cars for adventure rather than, well, driving. … And, sure enough, the UX is none-too-exciting from behind the wheel. But its luxurious appointments, generous feature set and attractive price should more than make up for any dynamic downfalls." -- CNET
  • "From our first impression, we think the Lexus UX hybrid is better [than the nonhybrid] for several reasons. Thanks to its complementary electrified powertrain, the 2019 Lexus UX 250h is slightly more powerful (total horsepower is 175), more efficient (estimated at 38 mpg combined), and has all-wheel drive standard, a valuable attribute for those living in cold-weather areas. Moreover, the extra cost for the hybrid isn't that much of a premium considering the added benefits. Starting at just over $35,000, the hybrid UX is priced exactly $2,000 more than the standard version, about the same as some automakers charge for all-wheel drive alone." -- Kelley Blue Book
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