Crossover & Midsize

The Cheapest Luxury SUV That’s Still Worth Buying

Many people long for a luxury SUV but feel they cannot afford one. That could all change thanks to the brand-new 2020 Lexus UX, an affordable luxury SUV that has received very high markings from Consumer Reports. In fact, the 2020 UX has received considerably more accolades than one of its competitors, the Buick Envision. If you are wondering what all of the hype is about, here is some information you will find very interesting.

About the 2020 Lexus UX

The 2020 UX combines an impressive style with its exceptional fuel economy and advanced technological features. First introduced in 2019, the Lexus UX has seating for five and comes in six different trim models.

The base trim model is the UX 200, which Lexus claims has a best-in-class turning radius. The top trim is the UX 250h Luxury, which offers advanced features such as a power rear door with kick sensor and the Lexus Memory System. There is also a hybrid version, the UX 250h, which is also the only one that offers all-wheel drive.

The reaction from Consumer Reports

In a recent road test, researchers from Consumer Reports claimed that “the new UX gives Lexus an entry into the growing small luxury SUV category.” Although they referred to it as a “slightly raised hatchback” rather than an SUV, drivers were nonetheless impressed with the UX. In particular, they noted that this SUV provided a “comfortable and pleasant ride on most roads” because of the vehicle’s well-built suspension. They also reported a relatively quiet experience with little cabin or road noise.

Perhaps the biggest advantage noted by Consumer Reports was its standard safety equipment. This vehicle is equipped with some impressive safety features such as low-light pedestrian detection, daytime bicyclist detection, and a built-in camera that helps decipher road sign information. Lexus claims these features amount to a “suite of class-leading standard active safety equipment” that can be found on every single UX trim model.

Reliability ratings

Not only did the 2020 Lexus UX perform well on its road test, but it also received high marks for its reliability and owner satisfaction. As far as predicted reliability goes, Consumer Reports gave the UX a five-out-of-five rating, based on information derived from the previous model year.

The publication also averaged the overall reliability for various luxury SUVs over the past three years. This resulted in the 2020 UX receiving a 96 percent reliability rating. Its closest competitor in this category was the Buick Encore, which received a 77 percent rating.   

Owner satisfaction

The critics at Consumer Reports have predicted high owner satisfaction levels for the 2020 Lexus UX. They gave the SUV an 82 out of 100 rating for the driving experience, which includes acceleration and handling. It received a 77 out of 100 rating for styling based on its interior and exterior appearance. An owner survey also revealed that 73 percent of all buyers claim they would definitely purchase this vehicle again.

Overall, the 2020 UX received a score of 80 out of 100 from Consumer Reports. Its competitor the Buick Envision, on the other hand, received a rating of only 65 out of 100. In addition to its very high rating, this vehicle is also very affordable and is priced similar to that of the Toyota Highlander or Volvo XC40.

Is the Lexus UX a dependable and affordable option?

LEXUS UX 250 H. ENGAWA in exposition in the first day of the 'Salon del automovil 2019' on May 09, 2019
The Lexus UX | David Zorrakino/Europa Press via Getty Images

For those looking for a luxury subcompact SUV, there are many reasons to consider the 2020 Lexus UX. This vehicle is every bit as stylish as it is affordable, meaning that driving a more luxurious sport utility vehicle may not necessarily be out of your reach.