Saturday, 10 October 2020

2021 Lexus UX Review

2021 Lexus UX


The 2021 Lexus UX is an unusual subcompact luxury crossover, but, despite its hatchback-like proportions, it's also an appropriately classy and surprisingly sporty offering. 

Its diminutive size and lower price tag place it below the Lexus NX as the company's smallest crossover. In fact, the UX is the smallest model in the Lexus showroom. 

2021 Lexus UX

This means limited cargo capacity and passenger space compared with its competitors, but its low center of gravity contributes to impressive athleticism that helps make the UX fun to drive.

Unfortunately, its standard four-cylinder engine and available hybrid power-train both have poky acceleration and produce coarse noises. 

Still, the 2021 UX has a host of standard features and a handsome interior that make it an interesting, albeit small, alternative to classmates such as the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class.

2021 Lexus UX

What's New for 2021?

For 2021, Lexus makes several improvements to the regular UX200 and the hybrid UX250h. The latter benefits from a new adjustable rear cargo board that increases its cargo capacity from 17 cubic feet to 22 cubes. 

All models now come standard with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Fans of Autumn Shimmer and Silver Lining Metallic will be disappointed to hear that both paint colors are no longer available. Lexus also says it has improved the accelerator response on the UX250h.

2021 Lexus UX

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    I think the hybrid UX250h is the one to get because of its standard all-wheel-drive system and better fuel economy in the city; I'd go with the F Sport version that brings a sportier suspension, more supportive front seats, and a slick-looking gauge cluster—among other enhancements. 

    Of the two available packages, I'd pick the Premium option that includes heated front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, better interior materials, and a sunroof. Finally, I'd recommend adding a head-up display, heated steering wheel, power lift-gate, and wireless charging.

    2021 Lexus UX

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    The Lexus UX is available with either a gas-powered or a hybrid power-train paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). 

    However, only the hybrid UX250h offers all-wheel drive; the regular UX200 is front-drive only.

    2021 Lexus UX

    The latter uses a 169-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 2019 UX does 8.5 seconds to 60 mph, and the engine sounded unrefined at high revs. 

    While the 2019 UX250h hybrid version makes 181 horsepower, it has equally unimpressive acceleration. 

    2021 Lexus UX

    Thankfully, both had great steering feel and quiet refinement endearing enough to help make up for their lack of quickness. 

    An F Sport package brings performance-oriented upgrades such as a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels on run-flat tires, and exclusive interior and exterior appointments.

    2021 Lexus UX

    Fuel Economy

    The hybridized UX is better suited to saving fuel when driving around town, with an EPA-estimated 41 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. 

    The gas-only model is rated at 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

    2021 Lexus UX

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    Inside, Lexus ensures that passengers know this is a luxury vehicle thanks to an attractive layout and posh materials. 

    2021 Lexus UX

    It also boasts a bunch of standard features that includes dual-zone climate control and power-adjustable front seats. 

    2021 Lexus UX

    The experience can be elevated with options such as heated and ventilated front seats, a head-up display, and snazzier materials. While the back seat is far from spacious, it's also not as cramped as one might expect. 

    2021 Lexus UX

    2021 Lexus UX

    Unfortunately, the cargo area behind those seats is pretty small and it's even smaller on hybrid models.

    2021 Lexus UX

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    Every UX has a loaded infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility, a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and four USB ports. 

    The little Lexus also can be enhanced with numerous options that include a larger 10.3-inch center screen, built-in navigation, wireless charging, and an eight-speaker premium audio system.

    While I appreciate this amount of content, the infotainment system is often frustrating to operate with its unintuitive touchpad controller and other illogical controls.

    2021 Lexus UX

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

    The 2021 UX earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the last version that was evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was named a Top Safety Pick. 

    Every model is also equipped with standard driver-assistance technology

    2021 Lexus UX

    Key safety features include:

    •  Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
    •  Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
    •  Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
    • 2021 Lexus UX

    Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

    Lexus provides a competitive limited warranty and an even better power-train warranty. The automaker also includes a short period of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

    •  Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
    •  Power-train warranty covers six years or 70,000 miles
    •  Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles.
    • 2021 Lexus UX


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