In a 2021 Lexus UX, there's a lot of fun to be had. The shape and stylings of this crossover/SUV help the vehicle exude a youthful confidence. As the smallest SUV in the Lexus lineup, the UX still has some versatility and a good amount of interior space. It feels lively, and as a Lexus, it treats people to several high-end amenities.
What's Different About the 2021 Lexus UX?
The UX appeals to many people because of its design. Making it a bit more practical this year is a larger cargo area. It can be convenient to have an adjustable rear cargo board so that people can accommodate a variety of items. Another change is that blind-spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring are now standard.
Lexus UX Styles
Lexus makes several different versions of the UX. The first choice would be whether to get a standard powertrain or a hybrid one. The non-hybrids are called the UX 200, while the hybrids are called the UX 250h. Both types run on in-line four-cylinder engines. The difference is that there's an electric motor built into the UX 250h. Because it has the added boost from the electric motor, the UX 250h can generate 181 horsepower, which is an improvement over the UX 200's 169 horsepower.
In terms of mileage, there's certainly a difference between the two UX types. The UX 250h can earn a combined 39 miles per gallon. This is an excellent number, but the UX 200 does pretty well in this area, too, earning an estimated 32 (combined) miles per gallon.
Only the hybrid UX comes with all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive can be important if drivers may occasionally have to deal with slippery conditions. Having the extra power as well as the extra traction can make the UX 250h the better choice for some consumers, and the higher fuel efficiency is a bonus. However, if all-wheel drive and the boost of power aren't necessary, the front-wheel-drive UX 200 should do just fine.
After deciding whether to get the UX 200 or UX 250h, people have to think about which specific trim they prefer. The base models of each version have plenty of features, so they're going to feel like luxury vehicles. For instance, they have power-adjustable front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheels, and LEDs in their taillamps, daytime running lamps, and headlamps.
If someone wants a more athletic and edgy vehicle, then the F Sport should be considered. The UX 200 F Sport and UX 250h F Sport have special tires, bumpers, and badging that all reflect their more bold style. Inside the cabin of an F Sport model, there are are paddle shifters to add to the excitement of driving. The pedals are aluminum, as are the scuff plates on the front door sills. Even their front seats have a sportier design.
Finally, the Luxury and Black Line Special Edition trims are going to have the most premium components. The Luxury models are outfitted with heated and ventilated front seats, power-operated and hands-free liftgates, and power-operated moonroofs. With the Back Line Special Edition, there are all of those things, plus extra black elements that give the vehicle a very sleek and modern look.
In this department, the 2021 Lexus UX really shines. Every UX trim has Amazon Alexa, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Wi-Fi capability, and smartphone compatibility. All of these components can be useful and convenient as people travel and want to stay connected while on the road. The Lexus UX is equipped with Lexus Enform technology, which allows people to use their smartphones to remotely start their engines and check on vehicle diagnostics, amongst other things.
On the lower trims of the Lexus, there's a seven-inch touchscreen. The F Sport models are upgraded with eight-inch touchscreens, and a 10.3-inch touchscreen is an option on every trim. Also available are wireless charging and integrated navigation. Navigation, in particular, can be a key part of the infotainment system. It can help people get from one point to the next, look up points of interest, and avoid getting caught in traffic.
Lexus has done a good job of building safe vehicles. All of the UX models come with Lexus Safety System+ 2.0. This comprehensive package includes automatic emergency braking that engage when the Lexus is about to rear-end another vehicle or hit a pedestrian on the road. The package also includes various monitoring systems and a steering assist feature that can keep the UX centered in its lane.
Other standard driver-assist technologies are a dynamic radar cruise control program, automatic high beams, and road sign assist. This last feature uses a camera to "read" road signs. The vehicle then displays that information, which could be related to speed limits or an upcoming traffic pattern, for example, so that the driver can stay aware of what's going on.
As a compact crossover/SUV, the Lexus UX has an ideal size that works for many potential customers. Despite being a luxury model, the UX has a reasonable price tag, and it's poised to attract a lot of attention.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Lexus UX MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.