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.

The Rav4 Hybrid has standard Safety Connect™, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or 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 Rav4 Hybrid and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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.

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 44 more horsepower (219 vs. 175) 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).

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.

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).

Towing

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

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.

On extremely cold winter days, the Rav4 Hybrid XLE/XSE/Limited’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The UX Series doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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