2019 Lexus UX Has Everything It Needs To Become A Hit In The U.S.

Lexus is entering the small luxury SUV segment with the new UX, planning to steal sales from established rivals such as the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and Volvo XC40.

Based on the company’s new GA-C platform, the Lexus UX features a very low center of gravity combined with a refined suspension tuning; the Japanese car maker even promises that the new UX offers an engaging drive and a “Lexus-smooth demeanor”.

Customers in the US will be offered two engine options. In the front-wheel drive UX 200, power comes from a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 169 hp and 151 lb-ft of peak torque that’s paired to a DCVT gearbox that promises to offer a more direct driving feeling, compared to other CVTs.

The second variant is the all-wheel drive UX 250h, which makes use of Lexus’ new-generation Hybrid Drive powertrain. With a combined output rating of 181hp, the new hybrid powertrain combines the aforementioned 2.0-liter petrol engine with two electric motors, making the 2019 UX 250h the most fuel efficient hybrid SUV without a plug, according to Lexus. The smallest of the hybrid Lexus SUV models achieves 38 mpg (6.2 lt/100 km) on the highway and 41 mpg (5.7 lt/100 km) within the city walls.

The interior features premium materials and plenty of tech features, while room for passengers is enough to carry four people in comfort.

Kelley Blue Book finds the UX to be a rather competitive entry in the segment; it might not be the sportiest or the roomiest of the bunch, but it is mature and confident enough to succeed.


  • Six_Tymes

    those squarish ugly fend arches… ill pass

    • Leo

      how about the new rav4’s? maybe it will be a trend not being circled.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    ..except for the power output for instance.

    Don’t get me wrong, 168 horsepower/ 151 ft-lbs of torque out of a naturally-aspirated 2.0L I4 is pretty good, and the new Direct-Shift CVT is one of the absolute best CVTs I have ever tested.. but for an entry-level luxury vehicle, especially where its rivals use a turbocharged counterpart of this engine unit, it doesn’t really work here all that well. (It would work better on something like the Corolla.. hell, even the C-HR that it is based on)


  • SteersUright

    This thing is way too slow to appeal to anyone but older folk.

  • Bash

    They gonna price it somewhere is the low 30s, I think it might do well.


    Good for the TriState Area sales.

  • paulgdeaton

    Sad… but apparently true.

  • Merc1

    On the SUV side that is true, but non Lexus’ car side of the house.


  • MarketAndChurch

    I really like this car. If I were to rank this segment, It would be the Audi Q3, than this, than the Volvo XC40, followed by the new Caddilac XT4, and finally, the Mercedes GLA.

  • Billy Lthr

    looks like a cheap kia

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  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    I just vomited looking at that horrific thing 🤮

    • salamOOn

      well, instead of posting it here you better go clean your mess, because nobody cares…..

  • Craig

    Comes with a CD player!! Good for you Lexus. And no. I’m not being sarcastic. Sadly though.. the standard CD player is the only thing I like about this new UX. Look wise – anyway. I’d spend more [is it more?] for an Acura RDX.

  • Dennis James

    Not with that random shape.

  • Blade t

    yeah ! Another crossover..

  • Wandering_Spirit

    It will sell great in Taiwan. They love ugly cars looking like knock offs of the Transformers

    • LouInPA


  • Trackhacker


  • Sybill Julian

    we need fun sedan

    • yeh def so no one will buy it

    • they tried, no one bought them.

    • Cobrajet

      Lexus can’t do fun.

  • Blade t

    No I don’t want to deal with it.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Design wise,beauty is in the eye of the beholder

    So everyone have his/her taste
    But what I really like is the praising handling

  • I don’t get why 30 years old journalists always make fun of CD players. Most cars these days don’t have any or the CD players are hidden in the trunk or the glove box. Yet people of 50+ years old with the most purchasing power still use CDs and DVDs. When I see cars like the BMW X5, with only USB-C connections, What the hell??? Even 20-30 years old don’t use USB-C to USB-C cables. And it doesn’t have Android Auto, just Apple car Play if you pay? So it’s for rich Apple people who like to connect their Iphone to their new Macbook Pro so they bought a cable? Carmakers need to be more in touch with the population.

  • Cobrajet

    It is still a hatchback. Don’t Americans hate hatchbacks?

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