2021 Lexus UX 200

MSRP range: $33,000 - $37,700
MSRP$36,115
Edmunds suggests you pay$32,221

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2021 Lexus UX 200 Review

  • High fuel economy
  • Lots of standard and optional safety tech
  • Maneuverable around town thanks to small dimensions
  • Infotainment interface can be difficult to use
  • Limited rear legroom
  • Cargo area has a high liftover height
  • All-wheel drive is only available on the UX 250h hybrid
  • Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard
  • Part of the first UX generation introduced for 2019

The 2021 Lexus UX 200 is a likable compact luxury SUV. It's smaller and less expensive than Lexus' next-size-up SUV, the NX 300, but it's still well equipped with features. The interior is lined with lots of high-quality materials, and even the base trim comes with advanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist. For 2021, the UX gets even more safety equipment in the form of blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert — both are now standard.

On the downside, the UX 200 offers less interior space and is behind the curve when it comes to infotainment technology, especially compared to top competitors such as the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLB. For more information on the UX 200 and how it stacks up against its rivals, read the full Edmunds rating below.

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

The 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 the steering is precise and easy to judge. The UX imparts confidence when going around smooth and sweeping turns, such as a freeway on-ramp. But it's less composed on bumpy or tight turns.
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.
This is a small vehicle, especially compared to other subcompact SUVs. The 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 bottom of the windows is high, so you feel like you're sitting quite low in the car, and the thick roof pillars create blind spots. You can raise the seat, but then you might 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.
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. 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.
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.
The UX offers top-notch fuel economy. Its EPA-estimated 32 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).
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' warranty is 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?

The UX 200's upper trim levels offer a few attractive features, but we'd recommend the base trim level. Aside from a parking assist system and some upgraded headlights, the base trim comes standard with all of the UX's available safety equipment. And with the optional Premium package, you can add heated and ventilated front seats, a sunroof and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Lexus UX 200 models

The 2021 Lexus UX 200 is an extra-small 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 not available on the UX 200, but it does come standard on the UX 250h, the hybrid version of the UX (reviewed separately). Feature highlights include:

UX 200 Base
The base version of the UX 200 comes standard with:

  • LED headlights
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 7-inch infotainment display
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Wi-Fi hotspot

Standard safety features for the UX 200 include:

  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Lexus and the car in front)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the UX 200 back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

Options for the base UX 200 include:

  • Premium package:
    • Sunroof
    • Heated and ventilated front seats
    • Automatic wipers
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Upgraded headlights
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 10.3-inch infotainment display with navigation and eight-speaker sound system
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Parking sensors with automatic braking (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking, and can apply the brakes to minimize or avoid a collision)

F Sport
The F Sport trim builds on the base trim by adding:

  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Unique 18-inch wheels
  • LED foglights
  • Augmented engine sound generator
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddles that control simulated gear shifts
  • Sport front seats
  • Upgraded digital gauge cluster

Luxury
Compared to the base trim, the Luxury adds a few more extras, including:

  • Standard Premium package
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Driver-seat memory functions
  • Illuminated air vent knobs
  • Noise-reducing front windows

The Luxury and F Sport are eligible for the same options as the base trim, if not already included.

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 Lexus UX 200.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$33,000
MPG & Fuel
29 City / 37 Hwy / 32 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.4 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 169 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque: 151 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 177.0 in. / Height: 60.6 in. / Width: 72.4 in.
Curb Weight: 3307 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 21.7 cu.ft.
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Safety

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 Beams
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
RolloverRating
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
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


Lexus UX 200 vs. the competition

2021 Lexus UX 200

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2021 BMW X1

2021 BMW X1

Lexus UX 200 vs. BMW X1

The BMW X1 addresses two of the UX 200's biggest drawbacks: space and power. On the inside, the BMW offers more cargo space, more headroom and more rear legroom. Under the hood, the X1 has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 228 horsepower — you'll feel the difference of the extra 59 hp compared to the UX. The BMW is slightly more expensive and a bit less fuel-efficient, but between the two, it's the one we'd rather drive on a daily basis.

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Lexus UX 200 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

The GLB is one of Edmunds' top-rated extra-small luxury SUVs. It offers a spacious and upscale interior and lots of high-tech features. The GLB is significantly more expensive than the Lexus, however, and several of the Lexus' standard features are optional on the Mercedes. If you're looking for a bargain, the UX may win out, but if you're looking for the best vehicle in the segment, it's the Mercedes-Benz GLB.

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Lexus UX 200 vs. Audi Q3

The Audi Q3, along with the Mercedes-Benz GLB, is one of our favorite vehicles in this class. It has a top-notch interior that's packed with all the features you'd expect from an Audi. There isn't anything about the Q3 that feels cheap or underwhelming, but it isn't as fun to drive as some rivals. At base trim levels, the UX undercuts it slightly in terms of pricing, but we think the Audi is worth the extra coin.

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FAQ

Is the Lexus UX 200 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 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 32 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 2021 Lexus UX 200?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Lexus UX 200:

  • Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard
  • 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 2021 Lexus UX 200 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Lexus UX 200 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 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 2021 UX 200 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Lexus UX 200?

The least-expensive 2021 Lexus UX 200 is the 2021 Lexus UX 200 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $33,000.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $33,000
  • Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $37,700
  • F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $35,000
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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), Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of UX 200 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Lexus UX 200

2021 Lexus UX 200 Overview

The 2021 Lexus UX 200 is offered in the following submodels: UX 200 SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT).

What do people think of the 2021 Lexus UX 200?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Lexus UX 200 and all its trim types. 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 2021 UX 200.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Lexus UX 200 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 UX 200 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

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 2021 Lexus UX 200?

2021 Lexus UX 200 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Lexus UX 200 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,115. The average price paid for a new 2021 Lexus UX 200 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $3,894 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,894 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,221.

The average savings for the 2021 Lexus UX 200 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 10.8% below the MSRP.

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2021 Lexus UX 200 F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Lexus UX 200 F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,810. The average price paid for a new 2021 Lexus UX 200 F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $4,639 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,639 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,171.

The average savings for the 2021 Lexus UX 200 F SPORT 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 11.7% below the MSRP.

2021 Lexus UX 200 Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Lexus UX 200 Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,620. The average price paid for a new 2021 Lexus UX 200 Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $4,388 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,388 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,232.

The average savings for the 2021 Lexus UX 200 Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 10.5% below the MSRP.

Which 2021 Lexus UX 200s are available in my area?

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