2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The UX Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The UX Series doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the CR-V and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The UX Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 4 times as many Honda dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The UX Series isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (184 vs. 169) and 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V LX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (184 vs. 175) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (190 vs. 175) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The CR-V has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (14 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The CR-V has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (14 vs. 12.4 gallons).

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The UX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the UX Series (235/65R17 vs. 225/50R18).

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 2 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the UX Series.

Chassis

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The UX Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The UX Series doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 15.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (105.9 vs. 90.4).

The CR-V has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.9 inches more rear headroom, 7.3 inches more rear legroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the UX Series (39.2 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

Towing

The CR-V has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

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Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The UX Series has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The UX Series has never been chosen.

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