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2019 Lexus UX 200

2019 Lexus UX 200

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2019 Lexus UX 200 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

New for 2019, Lexus calls the entry-level subcompact UX 200 a luxury crossover for the modern urban explorer. While it delivers on luxury in some regards, it feels like an economy car in other aspects.

The seemingly unstoppable march of the utes continues as Lexus becomes the next automaker to round out its lineup of SUVs and crossovers, in this case with the 2019 UX. The Toyota luxury brand calls the UX, debuting at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, the “first-ever” Lexus compact luxury crossover.

The Lexus NX is a bit larger than the new UX; its wheelbase is slightly longer, but overall it is longer by about 5 inches, and that vehicle is already pretty small inside (especially in the backseat). The UX will be offered in two varieties: the gas UX 200 and a hybrid, the UX 250h. Its on-sale date is December 2018.

Exterior

Lexus’ most recent car designs have invoked conflict, with sharp angles and creases running up and down the surfaces of its vehicles. The UX continues this aesthetic: It’s all angles and ridges from the prominent front grille to the dramatic lines that run from the front fender rearward.

The UX also appears to be a mishmash of different styling elements from other Lexus vehicles. It has the grille of an RX, the three-element headlights from the LC coupe, and the NX’s overall shape and aesthetic, with the black-plastic cladding that runs along the bottom of the vehicle.

Lexus will offer an F Sport version of the UX, which will be available on both the gas and hybrid versions of the vehicle. It adds a mesh version of the front spindle grille, an exclusive rear bumper, 18-inch alloy wheels, and jet-black trim on the front ...

The seemingly unstoppable march of the utes continues as Lexus becomes the next automaker to round out its lineup of SUVs and crossovers, in this case with the 2019 UX. The Toyota luxury brand calls the UX, debuting at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, the “first-ever” Lexus compact luxury crossover.

The Lexus NX is a bit larger than the new UX; its wheelbase is slightly longer, but overall it is longer by about 5 inches, and that vehicle is already pretty small inside (especially in the backseat). The UX will be offered in two varieties: the gas UX 200 and a hybrid, the UX 250h. Its on-sale date is December 2018.

Exterior

Lexus’ most recent car designs have invoked conflict, with sharp angles and creases running up and down the surfaces of its vehicles. The UX continues this aesthetic: It’s all angles and ridges from the prominent front grille to the dramatic lines that run from the front fender rearward.

The UX also appears to be a mishmash of different styling elements from other Lexus vehicles. It has the grille of an RX, the three-element headlights from the LC coupe, and the NX’s overall shape and aesthetic, with the black-plastic cladding that runs along the bottom of the vehicle.

Lexus will offer an F Sport version of the UX, which will be available on both the gas and hybrid versions of the vehicle. It adds a mesh version of the front spindle grille, an exclusive rear bumper, 18-inch alloy wheels, and jet-black trim on the front and rear moldings. F Sport models also receive interior and performance updates, which we’ll cover later.

Interior

Styling is more distinct on the interior of the UX, which features a dash that is slightly canted in the direction of the driver and a widescreen display perched atop it. Lexus appears to have adopted an “if it’s broke, don’t fix it” approach to its multimedia system, so the touchpad-centric design remains, with the touchpad affixed to the right of the gear shifter.

There are a few different types of leather available, including one upholstery that’s inspired by sashiko, a customary Japanese quilting technique. You can even get the leather grain finish from Lexus LC and LS vehicles in the UX, which is a surprise — those cars are a significant cost increase over where the UX will likely reside.

F Sport models add sport seats, a sport steering wheel, an 8-inch TFT display in the instrument panel and aluminum pedals.

Under the Hood

Though there will be two available UX models, the UX 200 and the UX 250h, both will share the same engine: a 168-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The hybrid model features a “new-generation” hybrid system that adds a nickel-metal-hydride battery park and an electric motor that bumps up output slightly to 176 hp. Fuel-economy ratings are not yet available for either powertrain.

The UX 200 will be available as front-wheel drive only. Standard all-wheel drive for the hybrid models, meanwhile, adds an additional electric motor to the rear axle, which helps to shift power distribution to the rear wheels in certain situations.

The UX is also notable for being the first Lexus to use the new GA-C (Global Architecture — Compact) platform. Lexus says this platform offers a super-rigid structure and gives the UX the lowest center of gravity in its class, which should help to augment the UX’s performance and dynamics.

F Sport models also offer their own set of performance enhancements, including different springs and stabilizer bars, as well as rear performance dampers. An adaptive variable suspension, which can change the damping force of the suspension on the fly, will be optional.

Safety

The Lexus Safety System Plus will be available on the UX. This suite of safety technologies includes automatic forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, road sign assist and automatic high beams.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
4 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)
(5.0)

Awesome Car!

by MoFa from NV on August 24, 2020

This car has it all; style, fuel economy, comfort, performance and much more!! This car is perfect for a new family with it’s roomy interior and technology packages. Read full review

(5.0)

Looking forward to this Lexus (my second)

by Mark from Wichita from Wichita, KS on March 30, 2020

The UX 200 will be my daily commuter as I drive over 100 miles per day. I choose this over another Nissan Altima as I purchased the Lexus quality for a lesser price than the Nissan. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Lexus UX 200 currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Lexus UX 200 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lexus

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The UX 200 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

B

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B

Booster

(second row)

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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