2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Rav4 Hybrid. But it costs extra on the UX Series.

The Rav4 Hybrid Limited offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The UX Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available 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, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rav4 Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 167 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The UX Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 Hybrid for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the UX Series.

There are over 5 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rav4 Hybrid’s warranty.

Engine

The Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 50 more horsepower (219 vs. 169) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 38 more horsepower (219 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Rav4 Hybrid has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Rav4 Hybrid has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 12.4 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

The Rav4 Hybrid has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rav4 Hybrid’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the UX Series (105.9 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 Hybrid is 2 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

Chassis

The front grille of the Rav4 Hybrid 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.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 Hybrid has 8.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (98.9 vs. 90.4).

The Rav4 Hybrid has 2.3 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 3.2 inches more rear headroom, 4.7 inches more rear legroom and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4 Hybrid’s rear seats recline. The UX Series’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the UX Series (37.6 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

Payload and Towing

The Rav4 Hybrid has a 1750 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

The Rav4 Hybrid has a much higher standard payload capacity than the UX Series (1210 vs. 890 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The UX Series F SPORT’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Rav4 Hybrid Limited’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the UX Series offer available heated front seats. The Rav4 Hybrid Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the UX Series.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Lexus UX Series by almost 943 to one during 2018.

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