The UX 200 becomes the smallest entry in the Lexus crossover SUV lineup.
The UX is built on Toyota's GA-C (Global Architecture Compact) modular platform and is closely related to the the more budget-friendly C-HR.
However, the UX's chassis does get additional laser welding and structural adhesives over its Toyota counterpart.
For a distinctive look, the UX wears Lexus' spindle grille up front, plastic cladding on the sides for some toughness, and slick three-dimensional taillights.
The UX 200 is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. That works with with a continuously variable transmission that routes power to the front wheels.
EPA estimates have the UX 200 returning 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
Acceleration is leisurely and is disappointing when German competitors like the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA all pack turbocharged fours making at least 200 horsepower or more.
The UX's interior also impresses with excellent build quality and materials throughout. Disappointingly, the clunky Remote Touch Interface remains to control infotainment functions.
Apple CarPlay capabilities also come standard, but Lexus still hasn't rolled out Android Auto support.
The 2019 Lexus UX 200 starts at $33,025, which includes $1,025 for destination. The UX 200 Luxury model pictured here tallies at $38,225.