2023 Lexus UX is one of those cars, designed to make you think they’re SUVs. Choices like the Subaru Outback and the Volvo V60 Cross Country come to mind, but this Lexus is an SUV that is at its best to look and feel like a car. The UX also comes only as a hybrid, basically last year’s UX250h hybrid model with a few tweaks here and there. All UX models house a 181-hp powertrain, with the front-wheel-drive version consisting of two electric motors and a four-cylinder gas engine.
While the all-wheel-drive version accompanies a third electric motor powering the rear wheels. The result, predictably, is bijou acceleration mated high fuel economy ratings. The interior is cozy and appropriately designed, and it also offers a generous amount of standard tech and safety equipment. But when it comes to practicality, it is no match to the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLB-class.
For this year’s lineup, the Jap dropped the nonhybrid UX200 models, making the hybrid powertrain standard. An FWD with a hybrid is new. Lexus says it has made changes to the UX’s chassis and suspension to improve both handling and ride quality. Also, a new F Sport Handling package is available on the F Sport model which adds adaptive dampers. Lexus has also installed its more modern Lexus Interface touchscreen infotainment system, which offers an integrated voice assistant, over-the-air update capabilities, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Engine & Performance
Under the hood of the Lexus UX lies a 181-hp four-cylinder hybrid powertrain mated with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and either front- or all-wheel drive. The UX250h on testing, proved to be absent-minded, needing 8.6 seconds to reach 60 mph. Fortunately, it had good steering feedback and a quiet refinement proving endearing enough to help make up for its lack of quickness.
An F Sport package brings a sportier tune to the suspension, 18-inch wheels wrapped with run-flat tires, and exclusive interior and exterior styling. An 8.0-inch display is standard, but the system has the best looks on the larger, optional 12.3-inch screen. The infotainment display has been relocated making it within reach of the driver and front passenger. However, the company’s irritating touchpad controller has been eliminated.
|2023 Lexus UX Mileage||City||Highway|
|FWD||43 mpg||41 mpg|
|AWD||41 mpg||38 mpg|
As similar with nearly all hybrid vehicles, the UX is better at saving fuel around town than on the Interstate. With EPA estimated ratings of 43 mpg city and 41 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 41 mpg city and 38 mpg highway with all-wheel drive. Which is pretty good for a compact luxury SUV.
Dimensions & Airbags
|2023 Lexus UX Dimensions|
|Cargo volume||17 cu ft|
All UX model has a touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and four USB ports. The little Lexus also can be buffed up with numerous options that include a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen, built-in navigation, wireless charging, and an eight-speaker premium audio system.
|2023 Lexus UX Trims||Price (USD)|
|UX 250h Premium||$38,385|
|UX 250h F Sport Apperance||$38,385|
|UX 250h F Sport Handling||$43,355|
We would recommend going with the F Sport Handling version, as it brings a sportier suspension, more supportive front seats, and a slick-looking gauge cluster. Other enhancements are also there. Of the two available packages, we’d suggest going with the Premium option which includes heated front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, better interior materials, and a sunroof.
Specifications & Top-Speed
|2023 Lexus UX Specifications||Specs|
|Engine||Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter inline-4|
|0-60 MPH||8.6 sec|
|0-100 MPH||23.8 sec|
|1/4 Mile||16.6 sec|
|Top Speed||112 mph|