Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

It’s extremely cold here in the Northeastern part of the country with temperatures hovering around 14 degrees Fahrenheit and strong wind chills. In fact, we just had our first major winter storm which sent 2 days of snow this way. Yet-in-still, I was able to maneuver through the inclement weather efficiently while simultaneously entertaining the kids during a day of sledding at the local park a few miles from the house thanks to Fit Fathers’ 2019 Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 Lexus UX 200 F Sport test vehicle.

In preparation for the snow, the compact crossover escorted me to Home Depot to pick up supplies including large bags of salt, a few shovels, a box of food and cases of water. The rear storage area was large enough to fit everything needed. The F Sport rendition adds a plethora of style enhancements to the UX and a few safety features such as pretty grippy run-flat, all-season 225/50R18 Bridgestone tires. Paired with a FWD drivetrain the UX 200 F Sport never had issues maneuvering through the slush in both forward and reverse modes. Of course, winter tires are ideal in true wintry obstacles but I also didn’t put us in positions where a 4WD pickup would be needed.

The UX is pretty slick and offers a refreshing take on the entry-level luxury crossover market with a powerful stance, classy wheels, menacing Lexus grille, cladded wheel wells, Bi-LED headlamps and taillamps and aluminum roof rails. Do you require supplementary fashion in your ride? Then the aforementioned F Sport package is the answer. For $34,000 you will receive aluminum pedals, a perforated leather shift knob and heated steering wheel, custom front and rear bumpers, custom grille, LED cornering lights, perforated 8-way powered F Sport NuLuxe seats with embossed headrests, a black headliner and Active Sound Control.

When the snow melted after a few days I still had a few chances to play with the Lexus before it was time to turn it in. The vehicle’s 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine comes with passable 169-horsepower performance and is paired with a 10-speed Direct-Shift continuously variable transmission and Drive mode select (Eco, Normal and Sport modes). The UX is not winning any dragstrip races but you will enjoy daily driving with enthusiastic maneuvering from the F Sport’s sport tuned suspension and paddle shifting abilities. Owners will also appreciate the 29 city and 37 highway miles per gallon the UX 200 F Sport achieves.

Inside, the F Sport’s interior is oh so divine beginning with Circuit Red leather chairs and stitching that contrasts beautifully with the dark and brushed aluminum like materials and trim. I truly enjoyed the thick and sporty multifunction, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with thumb indentations. Though, it didn’t tilt as high as I needed it to. There are 2 USB ports in the front and 2 in the rear and Verizon WiFi to connect up to 5 devices. The optional 10.3” screen for navigation, music and App Suite 2.0 is a techy’s dream. The UX also features Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, smart watch integration, Alexa skill compatibility, remote door lock/unlock, remote start/stop, vehicle finder and Service Connect with vehicle health reports and maintenance reports. You can control the technology features with either the sensitive remote touch pad or the pod remote affixed to the center console. The only problematic area was the minimized rear legroom which cramped my 3 tweens dressed in snow suits. But, they made it work and even found space to accommodate the 4 sleds!

Our UX was also enhanced with the $2,890 F Sport Luxury Package incorporating Blind Spot Monitor, a sunroof, heated front seats, rain sensing wipers and a foot actuated power rear tailgate which came in handy during shopping runs. Along with the $2,200 Navigation system and the $595 Blue Mica exterior paint job the final MSRP was $39,685.

Safety is always a target goal for Lexus engineers and the UX is just as fortified with intelligent systems as the rest of the family. Lexus Safety System + 2.0 with Pre-Collision System is standard along with Pedestrian and Bicyclist Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Road Sign Assist, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, 10 airbags, a backup camera with dynamic guidelines and Automatic Collision Notification to name a few.

The UX will garner attention from young, hip buyers in urban settings researching newfangled crossovers endowed with innovation, style and spark. The 2019 Lexus UX 200 F Sport should certainly be on their list of trendsetting rides.