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2019 Lexus UX Review

The 2019 Lexus UX ranks in the middle of the luxury subcompact SUV class. It offers a refined ride and easy maneuverability, but its frustrating infotainment controls, tight rear seats, and dull acceleration hold it back.

Pros & Cons

  • Large cargo hold
  • Cushioned ride
  • Stellar predicted reliability rating
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Distracting infotainment controls
  • Some low-rent cabin materials
  • Sluggish acceleration

7.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 5.7
Interior: 5.7
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
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Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Lexus UX a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2019 Lexus UX 200 is a good used luxury subcompact SUV. This Lexus boasts a great predicted reliability rating, stellar fuel economy estimates, and a gentle ride. However, it also has a few shortcomings, such as an underpowered engine and a hard-to-use touchpad controller. Additionally, some rivals have nicer cabins.

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How Much is the 2019 Lexus UX?

Based on listings for the 2019 Lexus UX, the average list price is $28,045. Prices range from $28,045 to $31,876 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Lexus UX Cost to Own?

We currently do not have projections for the 2019 UX’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance.

2018 vs. 2019 Lexus UX: What's the Difference?

Since Lexus launched the UX as an all-new vehicle for the 2019 model year, there are no older models to choose from.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Lexus UX?

The 2019 UX has a great predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five.

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2019 Lexus UX Recalls

There have been 1 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL Recall Date: 07/23/2019
  • Summary: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2019 Lexus LS500, LC500, ES300h, UX250h, LS500h, Toyota Prius, RAV4 HV, 2019-2020 Toyota Prius Prime, and 2020 Corolla HV vehicles. The brake booster pump may fail causing a deactivation of the Vehicle Stability Control system and a loss of braking assist. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 126, "Electronic Stability Control Systems."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 6925
  • Consequence: Deactivation of the vehicle stability control system or a loss of braking assist increases the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the brake booster pump, free of charge. The recall began September 20, 2019. Toyota owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 and Lexus owners may contact Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Toyota's numbers for this recall are K1L/K0L. Lexus' numbers for this recall are K2F/KLF.
  • Dates of Manufacture: MAY 05, 2019 to MAY 30, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: K1L/K0L, K2F/KLF
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V544000

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Which Used Lexus UX Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 UX comes in a few variants: UX 200 (base), UX 200 F Sport, and UX 200 Luxury. We review the UX 250h hybrid model separately.

  • Lexus UX 200: Standard equipment in the entry-level UX 200 includes a 7-inch display, Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, HD Radio, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, four USB ports, Siri Eyes Free, the Lexus Enform App Suite with Yelp and iHeartRadio, NuLuxe synthetic leather seats, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, proximity keyless entry, and a rearview camera. It also comes with the Lexus Safety System 2.0 suite of driver assistance features. This bundles together a pre-collision warning and braking system, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane trace assist, lane departure warning, road sign recognition, and automatic high-beam headlights.
  • Lexus UX 200 Luxury: The UX 200 Luxury adds a navigation system, a larger 10.3-inch display, an eight-speaker stereo, a hands-free power liftgate, heated and ventilated front seats, a moonroof, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Many of these features are available as individual options in the base trim.
  • Lexus UX 200 F Sport: The F Sport is the performance-oriented model in this lineup. The F Sport gains a sport-tuned suspension, a few styling tweaks, fog lamps, larger alloy wheels, additional bolstering for the front seats, paddle shifters, and an 8-inch digital screen in the gauge cluster.

Options include wireless device charging, a moonroof, a heated steering wheel, front cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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What Does Lexus' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lexus offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus CPO vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles. Every CPO Lexus must pass a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like loaner cars, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Lexus has the best CPO program in the industry.

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How Safe Is the UX?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 UX an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2019 UX a Top Safety Pick+, giving it the highest rating of Good in six crash tests. The base model’s headlights received the lowest rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead. Models with adaptive headlights built before July of 2019 got the second-highest rating of Acceptable, and those built after that date received a rating of Good.

The IIHS uses a different scale for evaluating collision avoidance features. It gave this crossover the highest rating of Superior for the effectiveness of its front crash prevention system.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Lane trace assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Road sign recognition

Available advanced safety features:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Front cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Head-up display

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2019 Lexus UX Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Lexus UX or 2019 BMW X1?

The 2019 BMW X1 is a great luxury subcompact SUV, but it doesn’t match the Lexus’ predicted reliability rating. Still, the X1 surpasses the UX in terms of cargo space and interior opulence. The BMW has an easier-to-use infotainment system, despite some quirky gesture-based controls. The X1 also boasts sportier handling and a much stronger engine than the UX. In this comparison, the BMW is the better small crossover.

Which Is Better: 2019 Lexus UX or 2019 Lexus UX Hybrid?

The 2019 Lexus UX Hybrid has a lot in common with the gas-only UX, such as comparable features lists and tricky infotainment controls. Both also have underwhelming powertrains, though the UX 250h is more powerful thanks to its electric motor. The hybrid also comes with all-wheel drive, which you can't get in the UX 200. However, the nonhybrid UX has more cargo room. If you need the extra space, go with the UX 200. Pick the Hybrid if you want all-wheel drive, more horsepower, and better mileage.

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2019 UX Performance

How Does the 2019 Lexus UX Drive?

The UX's engine produces enough power to propel this crossover around town, but you'll have to floor the gas pedal when merging onto the highway. Many class rivals offer swifter acceleration. On the plus side, the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) works smoothly.

This Lexus SUV excels at providing a well-mannered, comfortable ride. It’s also easy to maneuver, with minimal body lean and good road grip. It exhibits poised handling, and you can get the F Sport model for greater athleticism. Still, it's no sports sedan.

  • Base engine: 169-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic

In order to get all-wheel drive, you would have to get the hybrid UX 250h.

Does the 2019 Lexus UX Get Good Gas Mileage?

At 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, this crossover’s EPA estimates are among the best in the luxury subcompact SUV class.

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2019 UX Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 UX Seat?

The 2019 UX seats five people in two rows. Like with many subcompacts, space in the back is cramped. Headroom is pretty good, but legroom is tight, rivaling the 2019 Audi Q3 for the least in the class. Visibility is great in all directions except the rear, where it’s hindered by oblong pillars and a small rear window.

Cabin materials draw mixed reviews. Some critics praise the soft plastic surfaces and attractive styling, while others knock the materials, noting that they fall short of rival BMW and Mercedes-Benz models.

Standard seating features:

  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front seats
  • 60/40-split-folding rear seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Front sport seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Lexus UX?

The 2019 UX has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the highest rating of Good+ for ease of use. The "+" indicates that the system is among the easiest to use.

2019 Lexus UX Features

This Lexus’ infotainment system can be a handful. The mouselike Remote Touch controller is distracting, the menu layout is hard to navigate, and the physical controls are mounted far away from the driver.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch display, Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio, four USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the Lexus Enform App Suite
  • Available infotainment features: 10.3-inch infotainment screen, a navigation system, an 8-inch digital display in the gauge cluster, wireless device charging, and an eight-speaker stereo
  • Additional standard features: push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a moonroof

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2019 Lexus UX Dimensions

Lexus UX Cargo Space

This Lexus provides 21.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. That’s good for a luxury subcompact SUV, eclipsing the 2019 Volvo XC40, but the sloped roofline and high liftover height can make it hard to load cargo.

2019 Lexus UX Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 9 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,307 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,410 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Lexus UX Built?

Lexus built the 2019 UX in Japan.

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