Lexus UX vs Competitors for Sale in West Springfield, MA
Crossovers have become wildly popular in the past few years, with so many drivers seeking the combination of utility, manageable size, and a slightly elevated perch above the road. Premium compact crossovers are in a segment of their own, with their plush interiors, premium standard features, and exceptional build quality. Every manufacturer strives for the largest market share, and so each is constantly improving their product to win over more buyers. The Lexus UX, which debuted for the 2019 model year, is out to prove in 2020 that there’s no such thing as sophomore jinx. Below, we’ll show how it stacks up against some noteworthy competitors: the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Volvo XC40, and Cadillac XT4.
Mechanical Features and Fuel Economy
The 2020 Lexus UX 200 has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable transmission that has ten gear ratios. These gear ratios equate to the speeds in an automatic transmission, and therefore the 2020 Lexus UX 200 is the only listed vehicle to offer a 10-speed transmission. With an output of 169 horsepower, the 2020 Lexus UX 200 is not the most powerful vehicle in its class, but it makes up for that with outstanding fuel economy. The listed competitors can’t hold a candle to the 2020 Lexus UX 200 and its EPA-estimated 29 mpg around town and 37 mpg on the highway. The Q3 gets 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway, the X1 gets 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway, the XC40 gets 23 mpg city/33 mpg highway, and the XT4 gets 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway.
The 2020 Lexus UX 200 is well regarded for its overall safety factor. The UX, Q3, and XC40 have all received both a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a 2020 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for their outstanding results in collision tests, while the XT4 and X1 have not. The UX 200 has some standard safety features that you won’t find on the base XC40, including adaptive cruise control. It also comes standard with the potentially life-saving technology of Lexus Enform Safety Connect, which, in addition to other features, will autonomously call first responders if you have gotten into a collision and can’t call for help on your own.
The UX’s cargo area is accessed by a hatch door and offers 22 cubic feet of space. This is average for the segment, with some rivals, like the X1 and XC40 offering more and others offering less (the GLA 250 has only 17.2 cu. ft. behind the rear seat).
Lexus backs the 2020 UX 200 with some exceptional warranties: a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty, and a 6-year/unlimited-mile anti-corrosion warranty. It has a longer powertrain warranty than the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Volvo XC40, which only offer four years or 50,000 miles of coverage. The Cadillac XT4 has the same powertrain warranty as the UX 200, making it the only listed rival to offer a powertrain warranty longer than four years.