2019 Lexus UX: $32,000 Starting Price Undercuts Most Rivals, Gets Up to 38 MPG [Video]

The hybrid model leads the fuel economy race in its class.

The 2019 Lexus UX comes in two flavors, including a hybrid model.

The UX 200 is Lexus’ new entry-level crossover, slotting beneath the larger NX and RX models in the lineup. The list stretches across the entire luxury spectrum, from the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 down to the Volvo XC40. In our previous video, we shared 10 things you need to know about the 2019 Lexus UX. Now, we’re able to share driving impressions, pricing and fuel economy data as well. Check out our buddy review with TFL’s own Roman Mica and Nik Miles in the video above!

Almost equally as important, however, are some of the numbers involved. Apart from the looks, as well as Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa support, the 2019 Lexus UX features four model options starting from $33,025 after a $1,025 destination charge.

Pricing for base and F Sport models

The base UX 200 is the entry-level model, packing a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine. The base engine manages 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque, mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that exclusively drives the front wheels. Since it’s not a turbocharged engine, Lexus does not require premium fuel for the UX, unlike most of its rivals.

Then there’s the 2019 Lexus UX 250h, which starts from $35,025 after destination charges. The hybrid model is slightly more powerful, with 175 horsepower out of its 2.0-liter engine and electric motor. Unlike the UX 200, the hybrid is also rear wheel drive, where a 7 horsepower electric motor drives the rear wheels when needed. The two electric motors in the 2019 Lexus UX are more powerful, smaller and lighter than those found in similarly-sized Lexus hybrids.

Adding $2,000 to either model gets you the F Sport package. As with other Lexus model, the F Sport package offers different wheels, shift paddles, new seats, aluminum pedals and a few other interior changes. The F Sport package is available on the hybrid, as well as the ordinary 2019 Lexus UX 200 model.

Hybrid fuel economy pushes 38 MPG

There is a down side to the 2019 Lexus UX, and that comes with its power output. It’s considerably down on its rivals, like the turbocharged Volvo XC40 T5. While the Volvo makes between 187 and 248 horsepower, the Lexus is stuck with up to 175. However, there is an up side: Lexus’ entry-level crossover leads the pack when it comes to fuel economy. With up to 33 mpg combined, the UX 200 matches or bests its rivals.

The UX 250h hybrid, on the other hand, handily beats all its luxury crossover rivals. Delivering up to an estimated 38 mpg combined, the 2019 Lexus UX 250h is one of the most fuel-thrifty crossovers in its segment.

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