The Subaru Outback and the Volvo V60 Cross Country are two examples of sedans that try to fool you into thinking they’re SUVs, but the 2023 Lexus UX is an SUV that tries to fool you into thinking it’s a car. Similar to the Toyota Prius, the UX is exclusively available as a hybrid and is mechanically identical to the UX250h from the previous year with a few minor tweaks.
Two electric motors and a four-cylinder gas engine combine to provide 181 horsepower in the front-wheel-drive UX, while a third electric motor drives the back wheels in the all-wheel-drive edition. As a result, it has sluggish acceleration and better fuel economy ratings than most small SUVs.
The UX’s interior is welcoming and well decorated, and it comes with an abundance of the latest standard technology and safety features. In contrast, competitors like the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLB-class are more functional for everyday SUV tasks like transporting cargo.
2023 Lexus UX Pricing
The starting price for a 2023 Lexus UX 250h will likely be approximately $36,000. That’s competitive with small SUVs like the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Audi Q3, and Cadillac XT4 and reasonable for a luxury brand.
Nearer to the 2023 UX’s release this summer, Lexus will announce more precise pricing details.
If you want to get the UX in F Sport or Luxury form, you’ll have to spend an extra $40,000 or $42,000. A more sporty stance is achieved with the F Sport’s stiffer suspension, F Sport-specific body styling, 18-inch alloy wheels, shift paddles, and significantly bolstered front seats.
The UX 250h Luxury prioritizes comfort with features like a hands-free liftgate and front seats that are heated and cooled.
What is Coming in 2023?
For 2023, Lexus will only provide UX200 hybrids; non-hybrid versions of the crossover will no longer be available. The hybrid now comes in a new configuration with front-wheel drive. To enhance the UX’s handling and ride quality, Lexus reworked the vehicle’s chassis and suspension.
The only way to know for sure is to take this newest model for a test drive. The F Sport model now offers an F Sport Handling option that incorporates adjustable dampers. Additionally, Lexus has fitted its more recent touchscreen infotainment system, the Lexus Interface, which features a built-in voice assistant, over-the-air update capabilities, and wireless support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The system appears best on the larger, 12.3-inch screen that is available as an upgrade from the standard 8.0-inch display. The previously out-of-reach infotainment screen has been moved to the dashboard, making it easily accessible to both the driver and front seat passengers. Additionally, the company’s previously irritating touchpad controller has been discontinued.
2022 Lexus UX Colors
Eminent White Pearl
Nori Green Pearl
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The front or all-wheel drive Lexus UX is propelled by a four-cylinder hybrid powerplant producing 181 horsepower and mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Our 2019 model year test vehicle UX250h took 8.6 seconds to reach 60 mph, proving it was sleepy. Fortunately, its pleasant appearance, quiet refinement, and responsive steering made up for its slow acceleration. A sharper suspension tuning, 18-inch wheels with run-flat tyres, and unique interior and exterior trim are all part of the F Sport package.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The UX gets 43 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive and 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway with all-wheel drive, which is typical for hybrids. Proof of this is the all-wheel-drive 2019 UX250h, which returned only 31 mpg on our 75 mph highway fuel-economy test route, 7 mpg below its EPA estimate, during our rigorous testing procedure.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Lexus makes sure its passengers are aware they are riding in a luxury vehicle by employing a stylish design and high-end materials inside the cabin. A power driver’s seat and automatic climate control are just two of the many convenient features that come standard.
Some add-ons, like heated and ventilated front seats, a head-up display, and fancier materials, can improve the overall quality of the ride. The rear seat is not very roomy, but it is also not as cramped as you might think it would be. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of room for luggage behind those seats. Only four small luggage would fit in the trunk, whereas the BMW X1’s trunk could accommodate an extra three.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Each UX is equipped with a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, four USB outlets, and a touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly. Optional extras for the compact Lexus include a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen, built-in navigation, wireless charging, and an eight-speaker premium audio system.
2019 Lexus UX250h
VEHICLE TYPE:front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED:$38,240 (base price: $35,025)
ENGINE TYPE:DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter inline-4, 143 hp, 133 lb-ft; 1 permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor; 1 induction AC motor; combined output, 181 hp
TRANSMISSION:continuously variable automatic with manual shifting mode
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 12.0-in vented disc/11.1-in disc
Tires: Bridgestone Turanza EL450 RFT, 225/50RF-18 95V M+S
Wheelbase: 103.9 in
Length: 177.0 in
Width: 72.4 in
Height: 59.8 in
Passenger volume: 85 cu ft
Cargo volume: 17 cu ft
Curb weight: 3600 lb
Zero to 60 mph: 8.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 23.8 sec
Zero to 110 mph: 32.5 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 9.4 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.9 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 16.6 sec @ 86 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 112 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 173 ft
Road holding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.86 g
Observed: 31 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 39/41/38 mpg