2019 Lexus UX 250h new car reviews

What’s in a name? Well, in the case of the new Lexus UX, quite a bit, actually: ‘UX’ in Lexus speak stands for ‘urban crossover’.

And even though you won’t be crossing over much aside from railroad tracks in an urban terrain, the UX signals the next evolution in crossovers: dropping the off-road pretense entirely. From Lexus: “The Lexus UX is designed for the modern urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving,” said Chika Kako, executive vice president of Lexus International and chief engineer of the UX. “We designed the UX to appeal to young buyers who seek not only what is new and exciting, but what is also relevant to their lifestyles.” This then, is the starter Lexus for the buyer who finds the Prius a little too on the nose.

Our tester was the UX 250h, though the UX is also available in UX 200 guise, sans the option of AWD and the 24kW hybrid drivetrain. While the horsepower figures won’t be setting Lexus dealerships alight, the fuel economy numbers might: 41 city 38 highway should you feel the need for AWD, like ours.

Ready to hand over your money for a new UX? The 200 starts at $32,000, and the 250h at $34,000. Our tester 250h came in at $41,725.


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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
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The headline on the Lexus media site kinda says it all for this one: LEXUS DESIGNS FIRST-EVER UX FOR THE MODERN URBAN EXPLORER

That tells me that this one probably isn’t some kind of 4Runner substitute. Best way to sum up the new UX? Call it a tall wagon for image-conscious urbanite. Or you can call it a fancy Toyota C-HR. Which it is.

There’s a price for that fanciness, too: The C-HR starts at $21,145 while the Lexus version will peel at least $32,000 from your account. Our UX 250h hybrid tester starts at $34,150.

While I fully admit that I have a love for Lexus, this one doesn’t really count. It has bells and whistles, but it’s way too close to its base Toyota sibling for me. (Watch, this means that Lexus will sell a ton of them.)

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Tberg New Reader
7/15/19 10:46 p.m.

The U in UX stands for UGLY as in the entire Lexus line.  I don't believe there is an automobile line manufactured today that meets the standard of ugliness as Lexus does across the entire breadth of their product line.  And this one is no differnt.

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