Lexus LC 500 ($101,465)
Huge center display, gorgeous lighting effects backed by strong voice controls for navigation, audio, climate controls. But map detail is lacking and joystick touchpad controller is frustrating.

Lincoln Continental ($79,780)
Special UX connection from the starry startup to the stellar autonomous driving functions. Instant connectivity, uncluttered layout and standout multi-color head-up display and mapping.

Mazda CX-5 ($34,380)
Very competitive for the price, with excellent controls via dial, touchscreen, voice or steering wheel buttons. Good adaptive cruise control, quick connectivity and 3D maps add value.

Mini Cooper S Countryman ($35,750)
Loads of character, nice interior and good phone connectivity, but missing many of the basics of UX design and engineering such as navigation and blindspot detection.

Nissan Rogue SL ($35,475)
Well-equipped for the price, but ADAS seems erratic and lacks clear indication of its intentions, while voice controls offer myriad options but nag with too many steps.

Subaru Impreza ($29,260)
Our value leader, Impreza isn’t fancy, but its big color screen is informative, and camera-based adaptive-cruise control is the gold standard for providing confidence-inspiring feedback.

Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE ($37,255)
Loaded with delightful surprises, gets top marks for ADAS and parking assistance. Lack of embedded nav (proprietary Entune access required) hampers overall ease of use, functionality.

Volkswagen Atlas ($49,415)
Atlas doesn’t stray too far from VW’s understated approach to UX, but quick-responding screen, excellent graphics and top-notch ADAS distinguish 3-row CUV from automaker’s past models.

bgritzinger@wardsauto.com