2020 Lexus UX 200

What’s new

  • Adds Android Auto and Google Assistant functionality
  • Part of the first UX generation introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • High fuel economy
  • Lots of standard and optional safety tech
  • Maneuverable around town thanks to small dimensions
  • Infotainment interface can be difficult to use
  • Small rear cargo space with high liftover height
  • Less powerful than some competitors
  • All-wheel drive is only available on the hybrid UX 250h
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2020 Lexus UX 200 Review

Small and feature-packed, the 2020 Lexus UX 200 is a relatively affordable way to get into a luxury SUV. Classified as a subcompact (or extra-small) luxury SUV, the Lexus UX competes against vehicles such as the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3. It combines city-friendly packaging with the high-quality features you'd expect from a luxury brand.

When it comes to features, the UX 200 definitely delivers. It comes standard with amenities such as simulated leather upholstery and adaptive cruise control and offers options such as a hands-free liftgate and a head-up display. Lexus vehicles also have a reputation for high-quality interiors, and the UX comes through here too. This is Lexus' least affordable model, but you wouldn't know it just by sitting inside.

Unfortunately, the UX isn't as spacious as we'd like, even in a class full of diminutive luxury SUVs. The UX lags most rivals in acceleration and lacks optional all-wheel drive, both of which may make it feel a bit less premium. The lower power does pay off in fuel dividends, though: The UX is one of the most efficient vehicles in the class. Overall, the 2020 UX 200 can't quite match the class leaders, but it's worth considering if you're looking for interior refinement and value.

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Our verdict

7.1 / 10
The Lexus UX is a stylish little runabout. The interior design is distinctive, and there are a lot of luxury features. However, performance is underwhelming, making the UX's luxury price tag a bit of an eyebrow raiser.

How does it drive?

Outright acceleration is undeniably slow (0-60 mph takes 8.9 seconds), but the UX 200 is relatively zippy and playful as a city runabout. Brake feel is reassuring, which helps make the UX easy to drive. Emergency braking performance, however, is lacking. We measured a stopping distance of 129 feet from 60 mph, which is longer than average for a small SUV.

Steering has a good on-center feel and steering resistance builds quickly, which makes the UX feel a bit more substantial than its size suggests. There's not much in terms of road feedback, but steering is precise and easy to judge. The UX imparts confidence when going around smooth and sweeping turns, such as a freeway onramp. But it's less composed on bumpy or tight turns.

How comfortable is it?

Sadly, the smallest Lexus crossover doesn't go big on comfort. The front seat has pleasantly supportive cushions, but the seatback's distinct contour won't please everyone. The ride is rougher than we'd expect too. The suspension smooths out sharp edges, but it still transmits too much of the road surface into the cabin.

Heating and cooling are strong. The heated and ventilated seats aren't the most powerful, but they get the job done. The UX doesn't do the best job of isolating you from traffic noise, and depending on the road surface, there's also noticeable road and tire noise.

How’s the interior?

This is a small vehicle, especially compared to other subcompact SUVs. Front accommodations are a bit narrow. Taller passengers will have to duck in and out of the back seat and will find legroom lacking. The interior is attractively designed, however, even if the controls are a bit confusing to use at times. The infotainment touchpad is especially frustrating. 

The high beltline makes you feel as if you're sitting quite low in the car, and the thick roof pillars create blind spots. You can raise the seat, but then you may find the gauge cluster and wheel are mounted awkwardly low. The steering column lacks sufficient range of motion to accommodate a variety of natural seating positions.

How’s the tech?

The UX's infotainment system display looks nice, and it's not difficult to figure out how to do things, but the touch interface adds a layer of frustration to every interaction. The best results while using voice controls come from following the on-screen guide step by step, but that takes more time and is just as distracting as performing tasks by hand. The optional eight-speaker audio system at least provides strong and accurate sound.

As for driver aids, the UX comes with plenty of them standard, though it'd be nice if Lexus made blind-spot monitoring standard as well. Most of the systems seem to lack the refinement found in more expensive Lexus vehicles. The adaptive cruise control, for instance, is overly twitchy when braking and accelerating.

How’s the storage?

The UX 200 offers an underwhelming amount of storage space. The load floor isn't particularly wide, and the liftover point is a bit high. For small items, you get anti-tip cupholders and a modestly sized console box under the armrest. There's a small shelf in front of the shifter with just enough room for a phone. The door pockets are quite small.

Got small kids? Car-seat anchors and tethers are clearly marked and easy to access thanks to large plastic sleeves with doors that pop on and off. Bulky rear-facing car seats may have issues clearing the front seatbacks when being installed or removed. They'll also interfere with front seat travel.

How economical is it?

The UX offers top-notch fuel economy. Its EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined blows competitors out of the water. There's also the fact that you'll be filling up with regular gas in a class where premium is the norm. As long as you avoid the temptation to rev up the engine a lot to compensate for the lack of power, you'll likely spend less on gas in this than anything in the class (except the UX hybrid).

Is it a good value?

The UX comes with a nicely designed and constructed interior with a lot of soft-touch materials. Every surface seems to have some sort of texturing, which adds depth and visual interest to the cabin. Lexus' warranties are typically better than average.


The UX looks very nice on the inside, especially with the Luxury package. The car's design and execution make it stand out from the crowd. It seems to be aiming for "zippy city runabout with style" and it succeeds … even if we could stand a little more zip.

Which UX 200 does Edmunds recommend?

A few nice features are available on the upper trim levels, but the best value comes from sticking with the base trim level. You'll still get a pleasing amount of features. Do get it with the optional Premium package for the heated and ventilated seats as well as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Lexus UX 200 models

The 2020 Lexus UX is a five-passenger SUV that comes in base, Luxury and F Sport trim levels. It uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (169 horsepower, 151 lb-ft of torque) that sends power to the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is only available on the UX 250h hybrid (reviewed separately).

Standard features include LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a six-speaker audio system. You also get a collection of advanced driver safety features (Lexus Safety System+ 2.0). Optional for the base UX is the Premium package. It adds heated and ventilated front seats, a sunroof, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The Luxury trim includes all the above equipment plus a hands-free liftgate and driver-seat memory functions. The F Sport trim builds on the base model by adding a sport-tuned suspension, LED foglights, an augmented engine sound generator, steering-wheel paddle shifters, sport front seats, and an upgraded digital gauge cluster.

A few other stand-alone options allow you to season the UX further to taste. They include a head-up display, a navigation system and an eight-speaker sound system.

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    Features & Specs

    4dr SUV features & specs
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    2.0L 4cyl CVT
    MPG 29 city / 37 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower169 hp @ 6600 rpm
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    2.0L 4cyl CVT
    MPG 29 city / 37 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower169 hp @ 6600 rpm
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    MPG 29 city / 37 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower169 hp @ 6600 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite UX 200 safety features:

    Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
    Monitors lane markings, warns you if you are drifting, and can even help steer the vehicle back into the lane of travel.
    Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
    Helps drivers maintain a preset distance by adjusting the vehicle's speed in relation to the vehicle directly ahead.
    Intelligent High Beam
    Switches between high and low beams automatically by using cues from a camera that helps detect when other vehicles are present.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover14%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Roof Strength Test
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test

    Lexus UX 200 vs. the competition

    Lexus UX 200 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

    The Mercedes-Benz GLA is significantly more powerful than the Lexus UX, and it shows in the driving experience. The GLA's turbocharged four-cylinder puts out 208 horsepower (compared to the UX's 169 hp) and it feels significantly faster. It does take a hit when it comes to fuel economy, but of the two vehicles, the Mercedes is much more fun to drive.

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    Lexus UX 200 vs. BMW X1

    Refreshed for 2020, the BMW X1 remains one of our favorite choices in the subcompact luxury SUV segment. It towers over the UX with 228 horsepower and is much more entertaining to drive. The BMW's interior is also expertly crafted with high-quality materials. Fuel economy isn't as impressive in the BMW as it is the Lexus, and the starting price is a bit higher, but we think it's worth the added cost.

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    Lexus UX 200 vs. Audi Q3

    If you're looking for a small luxury SUV with an upscale interior and standard all-wheel drive, the Audi Q3 should be high on your list. As with the other rivals here, the Audi is noticeably quicker than the Lexus. Unfortunately, the Audi has some of the worst fuel economy in the extra-small luxury SUV class.

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    Is the Lexus UX 200 a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 UX 200 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.1 out of 10. You probably care about Lexus UX 200 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the UX 200 gets an EPA-estimated 33 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the UX 200 has 21.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Lexus UX 200. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Lexus UX 200?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Lexus UX 200:

    • Adds Android Auto and Google Assistant functionality
    • Part of the first UX generation introduced for 2019
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    Is the Lexus UX 200 reliable?
    To determine whether the Lexus UX 200 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the UX 200. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the UX 200's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Lexus UX 200 a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Lexus UX 200 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 UX 200 and gave it a 7.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 UX 200 is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Lexus UX 200?

    The least-expensive 2020 Lexus UX 200 is the 2020 Lexus UX 200 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $32,300.

    Other versions include:

    • 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $32,300
    • F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $34,300
    • Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $37,500
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    What are the different models of Lexus UX 200?
    If you're interested in the Lexus UX 200, the next question is, which UX 200 model is right for you? UX 200 variants include 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of UX 200 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2020 Lexus UX 200 Overview

    The 2020 Lexus UX 200 is offered in the following submodels: UX 200 SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT).

    What do people think of the 2020 Lexus UX 200?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Lexus UX 200 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 UX 200 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 UX 200.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

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    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 Lexus UX 200?

    2020 Lexus UX 200 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

    The 2020 Lexus UX 200 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,325. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lexus UX 200 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,970 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $1,970 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $31,355.

    The average savings for the 2020 Lexus UX 200 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 5.9% below the MSRP.

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