Lexus UX 200 F-Sport is an impressive subcompact

BY H. THROTTLE
AUTOMOTIVE COLUMNIST

The Lexus 2022 UX200 F-Sport was the latest test vehicle driven during the week.  Heating and cooling were excellent, and the subcompact was a fun driving experience.  The limited horsepower of 169 hp. was adequate for city runabouts and the 10-speed transmission gives a boost  to the powertrain.  The model comes with an all-wheel drive option that would be preferred for winter weather.

The UX200 is assembled in Miyawaki, Fukuoka, Japan, and has a suggested manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $35,340, rising  with an F-Sport package and assorted option package to $42,990. While compact in size, the drive is spirited, and the maneuverability on city streets and highways is favorable.  The fuel economy is significantly high with an average of 32 mpg. overall.

Small in stature, but large enough to haul four-adults, two in  the back seat, with cramped  leg room,  but adequate for short distances.  The front seats are comfortable, heated and cooled quickly.

Driving on curvy mountain highways, the F-Sport car never saw a curve that it didn’t like, with the steering precise, and gear choices perfect for a spirted drive.

Loaded with safety features, the F-Sport earned a perfect five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  

This is a smart car with the latest navigation and technical features.  The exterior and interior are sharply designed.  The “Ultra sonic blue” mica paint adds to the sleek body features.

If this Lexus “gem” had a turbo-engine it would be a true high-speed sports car, but does well in drive, handing, and overall road comfort, control, and performance. 

It would be a pleasure to own and drive for work or play.