2019 Toyota Rav4 vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Rav4 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 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 and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 for 2 years and 25,000 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’s warranty.

Engine

The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 34 more horsepower (203 vs. 169) and 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (203 vs. 175) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Rav4 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 has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 12.4 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the UX Series (235/55R19 vs. 225/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited has standard 19-inch wheels. The UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the UX Series.

Chassis

The front grille of the Rav4 Adventure/Limited 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 has 8.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (98.9 vs. 90.4).

The Rav4 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 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 has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

On extremely cold winter days, the Rav4 XLE AWD/XLE Premium/Adventure/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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