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JeffCars.com’s Review: 2020 Lexus UX 250 Hybrid AWD

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Lexus UX 250 Hybrid AWD

2020 Lexus UX 250h AWD  (Photo Credit: JeffCars.com)

Highlight: The UX is the most fuel-efficient luxury subcompact or compact crossover  available on the market without a plug-in application.

Vehicle’s MSRP: $44,190 (Base Model: $35,525)

Seating Capacity:  2 to 4 (the rear seat is a tight fit)

Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; all-wheel drive; traction control; vehicle stability control system; a lane departure warning accident avoidance system; an emergency brake assist system; a tire pressure monitoring system; a traction control system; a rearview camera; a radar activated cruise control system; heated mirrors;  run flat tires; and a pre collision safety system

Standard Equipment: 18-inch wheels and tires;  a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a keyless ignition system; a leather steering wheel; electric power steering; interior air filtration; a hands free entry system; a 7-inch infotainment screen; a heads up display system; power sunroof; a heated steering wheel; power front seats; leather-like seats; a folding center armrest; roof rack cross bars; a power rear tailgate with kick sensor; and Amazon Alexa integration

Review Vehicle With Luxury Package: a blind spot lane departure warning system; 8 speakers; 1 subwoofer; an automatic rearview mirror; a reverse tilt side view mirror with curb view; multi-level heated/cooled front seats; driver’s seat with mirror; and a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel

Optional Features On Test Vehicle: wireless charger; windshield deicer; a heads up display; triple beam headlamps with auto-leveling; LED foglights; cornering lamps; a parking assist system; rear cross traffic alert with braking; a heated steering wheel; carpeted cargo mat; key gloves; and a paint protection film

RELATED: JeffCars.com’s Review: The All-New Mercedes-Benz GLB250 (Wagon?)

Other Trim Level:

UX 200 (non hybrid)

F-Sport hybrid

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 6-speaker AM/FM/HD with SiriusXM

Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes

USB Connectivity: Yes

Bumper to-Bumper Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 6 years or 70,000 miles

Hybrid Warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder/181-hp

Recommended Fuel: Regular

Standard Fuel Mileage: 41-city/38-hwy

What’s New: After joining Lexus portfolio in 2019, the UX is basically a carryover for the 2020 model year. Android smartphones are finally compatible with Lexus vehicles infotainment system. Up until now, only iPhones were compatible with the Lexus brand.

To continue reading the review, click here.

Jeff Fortson

Jeff Fortson

About The Reviewer: Jeff Fortson is the host of SiriusXM’s only automotive show, Auto Trends with JeffCars.com.  The syndicated multicultural weekly 30-minute show, which airs on a number of FM dials too, includes one-on-one conversations with many of today’s pioneers and trendsetters. To find out how to tune in and for all of your car-buying needs, click here.

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Dr. Gretchen Sorin Talks Driving While Black and Her PBS Special on SiriusXM’s ‘Auto Trends’

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In an exclusive two-part conversation with Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, curator, documentarian, professor and author Dr. Gretchen Sorin literally take us on a historical road trip, exploring the popular acronym DWB beyond the lens of racial profiling.  In her new book, Driving While Black, the effervescent Sorin shares how the car, which has served as the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility, played different roles for both the Black and White community.

We begin our talk during the period of 1930,  which was also known as the Jim Crow Era, discussing everything from W. E. B. Dubose to Booker T. Washington to Albert Einstein to the cars that played a prominent role with Black vacationers, business travelers, entertainers, sports figures and Civil Rights activists. We also dissect the history behind the infamous Green Book travel guides, sharing a number of revealing findings.

And we conclude our conversation, delving into how Dr. Sorin partnered with filmmaker Ric Burns, who is the younger brother to documentarian Ken Burns, to turn her book, which has been a labor of love for over two decades, into an upcoming must-see PBS documentary.

To Tune In via SiriusXM and/or several of our free FM online outlets, click here.

Show One Airs – Saturday, October 3 – Wednesday, October 7

Show Two Airs – Saturday, October 10 – Wednesday, October 14

And for more information on the upcoming PBS Special, click here.

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Dr. Gretchen Sorin (Photo Credit: GS)

About Auto Trends with JeffCars.com

Jeff Fortson is the host and executive producer of  Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only multicultural syndicated automotive program airing throughout the U.S. The 30-minute weekly show, which airs on SiriusXM 141 and a number of FM radio dials, includes one-on-one conversations with many of today’s pioneers and influencers.

For upcoming shows, car-buying tips, recall updates or car reviews, visit JeffCars.com.

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JeffCars.com’s Review: Mazda’s CX-30

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Highlight: The CX-30 is approximated $1,300 more than Mazda’s CX-3.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $31,670 (Base Model: $23,000)

Seating Capacity: 4

Standard Safety Features: airbags; side airbags; ABS; hill launch assist; traction control system; stability control; automatic on/off headlights; rain sensing wipers; a rearview camera; a lane keep assist system; a lane departure warning system; a tire pressure monitoring system; sunvisor extensions; a smart city brake support system; and a driver fatigue monitor system

Standard Equipment (Base Model): 16-inch wheels; front wheel drive; an electronic parking brake; dual power exterior mirrors; a manual a/c; center console armrest with covered storage compartment; cloth seats; manual adjusted front seats; a push button ignition starter system; a keyless remote system with a panic button; and an 8-inch infotainment screen

Standard Equipment (Premium Package Model): 18-inch wheels; paddle shifters connected with the steering wheel; electric assist power steering; front/rear signature LED illuminated headlights; a power liftgate; roof rails; a dual zone ventilation system; rear ventilation vents; leather seats; heated front seats; power driver’s seat with a memory control feature; overhead console with sunglass holder; vanity mirror illumination; rear armrest with cupholders; a 12-speaker Bose AM/FM audio system; SiriusXM; Andorid/Apple CarPlay; a 9-inch infotainment system with Pandora ready radio integration; a drive attention alert system; a radar activated cruise control system; a blindspot monitoring system with a rear traffic cross alert system; a heads up display (HUD) system; and an active front lighting system  

Optional Features On Test Vehicle: paint color; frameless auto dimming mirror; navigation system; active driving display system; an adaptive front lighting system; leather seats; front/rear LED signature illumination; power moonroof; paddle shifters; and power rear liftgate roof rails.

Mazda CX30 (Photo Credit: JeffCars.com)

Other Trim Levels:

Select

Preferred

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: an 8-speaker AM/FM/HD radio

Apple CarPlay/Android: Available

Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes

USB Connectivity: Yes

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder/186-hp (horsepower)

Recommended Fuel: Regular

Standard Fuel Mileage (Non AWD): 25-city/33-hwy

What’s New: For the 2020 model yearthe CX-30 compact crossover is a new addition to the Mazda portfolio.

To continue reading, click here.

(Photo Credit: JeffCars.com)

About The Reviewer:  Jeff Fortson is the host of Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only syndicated multicultural automotive radio show on the airwaves. The 30-minute weekly show, which airs on SiriusXM 141 and a number of FM radio dials, includes one-on-one conversations with many of today’s pioneers and influencers. The engaging show, which goes beyond traditional car talk, can be heard via all mobile and stationary infotainment devices, clicking here.

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JeffCars.com’s Review: 2020 Lexus LC 500

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2020 Lexus LC 500 (Photo Credit: JeffCars.com)

Highlight: A stylish LC 500 convertible is in dealerships now.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $106,440 (Base Model: $93,975)

Seating Capacity: 2 (2 extremely small kids in the rear)

Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; a back up camera; heated dimming exterior mirrors; a tire pressure monitoring system; a pre-collision system with pedestrian protection; an all speed radar activated cruise control system; automatic high beam headlights; a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert; a lane keep assist system; a lane departure alert system with steering assist; a traction control system; a vehicle stability system; an automatic locking retractor; a first aid kit; and an emergency locking retractor

Standard Equipment: 20-inch aluminum wheels; a rear wheel drive configuration; a 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifter; a push button ignition system; an adaptive variable suspension system; a driver select mode (sport and sport plus); an active sport exhaust system; aluminum pedals; electric power steering; flush outside door handles with a smart key access; LFA-inspired instrumentation; an analog clock; a 10-inch infotainment screen; a navigation system; flush-type door handles; direct spay windshield wipers; power folding auto dimming exterior mirrors; power front seats with memory controls for driver side only; memory operated electrochromic outside rearview mirrors; flush-type door handles with illumination when opened;  aluminum scuff plates; a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel; leather front seats; pseudo-leather rear seats; an 8-inch infotainment screen; a dual zone climate control system; a deodorizing and dust/pollen removing interior air filter; Lexus Enform Wi-Fi; and a glass roof with sunshade

Options On Test Vehicle: heated steering wheel; 21-inch wheels; a heads up display system; a limited slipped differential; Mark Levinson 13-speaker audio system with surround system; an intuitive park assist system; premium paint; Alcantara sport seat; carbon fiber roof; active rear steering; a variable gear-ratio steering; a speed activated rear wing; Alcantara headliner; carbon fiber door; and scuff plates

2020 Lexus LC 500 (Photo Credit: JeffCars.com)

Other Trim Levels:

a hybrid model

a convertible (2021 model)

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 12-speaker AM/FM/CD/HD satellite radio

Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes

USB Connectivity: Yes

Android/Apple CarPlay:not compatible with Android

Amazon Alexa: Standard

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 6 years or 70,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 5.0-liter, 8-cylinder/471-hp

Recommended Fuel: Premium

Standard Fuel Mileage: 16-city/26-hwy

What’s New: After arriving on the scene two years ago, the big news for the LC500 is the arrival of the stunning looking convertible this summer. As far as the coupe, a blinds spot monitor coupe is standard for the 2020 model year. And a new special edition Inspiration Series LC 500 is available. Unfortunately, Lexus plans on producing only 100 of the unique vehicles.

For more photos and to continue reading the review, click here.

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(Photo Credit: JeffCars.com)

About The Reviewer:  Jeff Fortson is the host of Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only syndicated multicultural automotive radio show on the airwaves. The 30-minute weekly show, which airs on SiriusXM 141 and a number of FM radio dials, includes one-on-one conversations with many of today’s pioneers and influencers. The engaging show, which goes beyond traditional car talk, can be heard via all mobile and stationary infotainment devices, clicking here.

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