The UX gives Lexus an entry in the growing small luxury SUV category. Like many of its competitors, the UX is a slightly raised hatchback marketed as an SUV. We found the UX to be quite pleasant and thrifty on fuel, and we like that it’s loaded with standard safety equipment. However, it’s very small inside and the controls are rather fussy.
The only way to get an all-wheel-drive UX is to buy the UX 250h, which is the hybrid version. The less expensive UX 200 is only available with front-wheel drive. Our UX 250h delivers healthy upfront acceleration, which is useful for in-town driving. But that initial burst of power tapers off and, ultimately, the UX isn’t as quick as its competitors. Where the UX 250h stands out from its peers is its excellent 37 mpg overall.
The UX’s handling is responsive but rather bland, which makes it rather boring to drive. We found that is has comfortable and pleasant ride on most roads because the suspension does a good job of filtering out bumps. Wind and road noise are well contained, but the engine’s whine is very evident during quick acceleration.