The Thrilling 2019 Lexus UX

The 2019 Lexus UX hits the low-end crossover sweet spot pretty well. Its target buyer is a style-conscious, urban dweller with an appreciation for tech done right and a manageable cost. Lexus sales volume has been focused more on the SUV and crossover market lately, so this scaled-down model fits in perfectly. Fuel economy is not bad in the basic engine, and the hybrid should improve the numbers even further. A new financial packaging subscription model could make it attractive as well.


Where does the UX fit in the Lexus SUV/Crossover line?

The 2019 Lexus UX fills an important spot at the base of the company's line in what is an actively growing market. It provides the luxury and features of a larger model while staying compact enough to reflect the lifestyle of young urban professionals and couples.


What powertrains does the UX offer?

There are two choices including a hybrid option. A 2.0-liter 169 horsepower inline-four, continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive taken from the Toyota Corolla Hatchback. The UX 250h provides a hybrid engine using an Atkinson-tuned 2.0-liter engine and two motor-generators powering the front wheels and a 7 horsepower motor driving the rear wheels to provide a low-speed all-wheel drive.


Is the 2019 Lexus UX a good choice for off-road activities?

There's not really much in the design of the Lexus UX which makes it an agile off-road vehicle. The hybrid version does offer all-wheel drive, but the vehicle overall provides agile city and highway driving.


Why is the Lexus UX getting great style reviews?

Unique though it is, the bold Lexus styling has a lot of fans, and the UX makes it available in a low-end crossover vehicle. From the classic Lexus grille to the distinct and powerful taillights, it offers a distinctive selection in a crowded crossover market. The F-Sport model provides additional styling and a bit more nimble handling.


How is the UX for a road trip? What kind of cargo space does it have?

The 2019 Lexus UX provides a pleasant road trip environment and has decent fuel economy, especially in the hybrid. Only 22.0 cubic feet of cargo space, 17.1 for the hybrid, can be a bit tight, though.


How does the UX handle? How's the ride around town?

The UX uses a Corolla powertrain and platform and provides a nimble, style-enhanced ride for urban dwellers, especially on the F Sport model, which even adds active sound control to enhance the exhaust sound.


How about the technology in the Lexus UX? It's said to be high quality and nicely integrated with the vehicle.

The three trim levels enjoy a base 7.0-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, power seats, and other features and cruise control, plus a six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth and USB ports front and back. Optional sound enhancement provides eight speakers. Some critics have complained about interacting with the touchpad control but credited Lexus for the convenient right armrest-based controls for the media features. Bump up to a 10.3-inch screen and navigation is added. Apple CarPlay is provided, but Android Auto is not, yet. Alexa commands are available for buying on-the-run, and further integration and voice command features are under development. Lexus advertising copy reminds buyers that they can keep up their tech-based activities from the kitchen when they transition to the Lexus, such as listening to a podcast seamlessly or touching their smartwatch on the way out the house to remotely start the engine.


The 2019 Lexus UX offers a new subscription approach to handle the financial side. What is it, and how does it compare to the one offered by Volvo on the XC40?

Starting in 2019, Lexus plans to offer a subscription to the UX crossover similar to the Care by Volvo for the XC40. Details are limited until December, but it is likely to be similar to Volvo's in that a fixed monthly bill covers nearly everything but fuel. It will be available only in certain markets at the introduction.


Does the UX include driver assist and active safety features?

Yes, the 2019 Lexus UX includes Toyota Safety System 2.0 Plus standard, including many popular and advanced features except for blind-spot monitoring, which is optional.

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