Lexus UX 250h returns with minor changes
A hybrid drivetrain is now standard
Roseville, Calif. – Earlier this year, it introduced the latest edition of Lexus UX 250h Minus a gas-powered version, which makes a hybrid powertrain standard.
Some might suggest that Lexus developed the small SUV as another way to attract loyal Toyota buyers interested in a luxury product. Critics say that one can opt for a cheaper version of the UX 250h by purchasing the UX 250h Toyota RAV4 Hybridan SUV that is larger than the Lexus Hybrid.
The 2023 Lexus UX 250h arrives with additional changes and then drops its traditional gas-powered model. These changes include improved safety, a new infotainment interface and performance upgrades for the F Sport model.
But basically, nothing differentiates last year’s UX 250h from the 2023 version. It’s still perfect for people who want a small hatchback-like SUV that’s comfortable and offers great fuel economy. The prevailing point of view here is that it has sufficient power and is very pleasant to drive.
It has the stability to slide around corners, maneuvers deftly in small parking spots, and handles challenging roads well in a sporty manner. Note that the 250h F Sport model features a performance package that can improve performance.
What stands out regarding the UX 250h is its exterior looks, its great interior make-up and its fuel efficiency. This hybrid gets 38-41 mpg and can travel nearly 500 miles on a single 12.5-gallon tank.
The UX’s exterior features an angular front fascia, an hourglass-shaped grille, striking bolt-on headlights, and an LED light bar that stretches across the full width of the tailgate. The interior is neatly configured, has plenty of tech attributes, and enough space for two or three people to load up and head out on a road trip.
Offered in three trim levels (Base, F Sport, Luxury), the UX 250h is criticized for its questionable performance. But we found the performance to be more than adequate on our rides. All models feature a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 181 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds.
Standard driving safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and lane-keeping assist.
At a Glance – Lexus UX 2023
- Performance: 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 181 hp
- Estimated price: $35,200 to $40,300
- Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles; Drivetrain: 6 years/70,000 miles; Roadside assistance: 4 years / unlimited; Corrosion: 6 years / unlimited
- Mileage estimate: 38-41 mpg
Two big things happened inside – the dashboard layout was moved to better fit the driver and the annoying touchpad controller was done away with. There is a standard 8-inch display with an optional 12.3-inch display also available. Standard features include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, four USB ports, and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.
Although the car seats five, more than two people in the back seat is a strain. The seats are comfortable in the front and there’s also good legroom and headroom (for two people) in the back. The cargo area is limited to 17.1 cubic feet.
The 2023 Lexus UX 250h It is an attractive and luxurious compact SUV that offers an enjoyable ride and excellent fuel economy.