There are vehicles designed to make you assume they’re SUVs—the Subaru Outback and the Volvo V60 Cross Nation come to thoughts—however the 2023 Lexus UX is an SUV that does it’s greatest to feel and appear like a automobile. It shares its platform with the Toyota Prius, which is each inch a passenger automobile, and just like the Prius the UX is a hybrid—basically final yr’s UX250h hybrid mannequin with a couple of updates. All UX’s include a 181-hp powertrain that marries three electrical motors, a four-cylinder engine, a repeatedly variable computerized transmission, and normal all-wheel drive. The consequence, predictably, is poky acceleration coupled with gas economic system rankings which can be increased than many different small SUVs’. The inside is cozy and appropriately appointed, and the UX additionally presents a beneficiant quantity of ordinary tech and security gear. However relating to doing SUV issues like hauling cargo, rivals such because the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLB-classprovide extra practicality.
What’s New for 2023?
Lexus has dropped the nonhybrid UX200 fashions from the lineup for 2023making the all-wheel drive hybrid powertrain normal. Lexus says it has made adjustments to the UX’s chassis and suspension to enhance each dealing with and journey high quality. We’ll have the ability to verify that solely after we’ve pushed this newest mannequin. A brand new F Sport Dealing with bundle is accessible on the F Sport mannequin that features and adaptive dampers. Lexus has additionally put in its extra fashionable Lexus Interface touchscreen infotainment system into the UX this yr. The up to date software program seems to be extra up-to-date and presents an built-in voice assistant, over-the-air replace capabilities, and wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An 8.0-inch show is normal however the system seems to be greatest on the bigger, non-compulsory 12.3-inch display screen. The infotainment show has been relocated so it’s inside attain for the driving force and entrance passenger and the corporate’s annoying touchpad controller has been eradicated and.
Pricing and Which One to Purchase
We might go along with the F Sport model that brings a sportier suspension, extra supportive entrance seats, and a slick-looking gauge cluster—amongst different enhancements. Of the 2 accessible packages, we might decide the Premium choice that features heated entrance seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, higher inside supplies, and a sunroof. Lastly, we might advocate including a head-up show, heated steering wheel, energy liftgate, and wi-fi charging.
Engine, Transmission, and Efficiency
The Lexus UX is powered by a 181-hp four-cylinder hybrid powertrain paired with a repeatedly variable computerized transmission (CVT) and normal all-wheel drive. The UX250h we examined in 2019 proved to be half-asleep, needing 8.6 seconds to succeed in 60 mph. Fortunately, it had good steering really feel and a quiet refinement that proved endearing sufficient to assist make up for its lack of quickness. An F Sport bundle brings a sportier tune to the suspension, 18-inch wheels on run-flat tires, and unique inside and exterior appointments.
Gasoline Economic system and Actual-World MPG
As is widespread with hybrid automobiles, the UX is healthier at saving gas round city than on the Interstate, with EPA estimated rankings 41 mpg metropolis and 38 mpg freeway. That was confirmed once we examined a 2019 UX250h on our 75-mph freeway fuel-economy take a look at route—a part of our in depth testing routine and it returned solely 31 mpg, 7 mpg decrease than its EPA estimate. For extra details about the UX’s gas economic system, go to the EPA’s web site.
Inside, Consolation, and Cargo
Inside, Lexus ensures that passengers know this can be a luxurious car because of a pretty format and posh supplies. It additionally boasts a bunch of ordinary options that features dual-zone local weather management and power-adjustable entrance seats. The expertise might be elevated with choices corresponding to heated and ventilated entrance seats, a head-up show, and snazzier supplies. Whereas the again seat is way from spacious, it is also not as cramped as one may anticipate. Sadly, the cargo space behind these seats is skimpy. We managed to suit solely 4 carry-on suitcases again there; by comparability, we may cram an additional three carry-ons within the rear of the BMW X1.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Each UX has a touchscreen infotainment system with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a cellular Wi-Fi hotspot, and 4 USB ports. The little Lexus additionally might be enhanced with quite a few choices that embody a bigger 12.3-inch touchscreen, built-in navigation, wi-fi charging, and an eight-speaker premium audio system.
Security and Driver-Help Options
Each mannequin can be outfitted with normal driver-assistance know-how by way of Lexus’s Security System+ 2.5 suite of options. That features automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping help, and an adaptive cruise management system with lane-centering. For extra details about the UX’s crash-test outcomes, go to the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) web sites. Key security options embody:
- Customary automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Customary lane-departure warning and lane-keeping help
- Customary adaptive cruise management with a lane-centering characteristic
Guarantee and Upkeep Protection
Lexus gives a aggressive restricted guarantee and an excellent higher powertrain guarantee. The automaker additionally features a quick interval of complimentary scheduled upkeep.
- Restricted guarantee covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain guarantee covers six years or 70,000 miles
- Complimentary upkeep is roofed for one yr or 10,000 miles
2019 Lexus UX250h
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED: $38,240 (base value: $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; mixed output, 181 hp
TRANSMISSION: repeatedly variable computerized with handbook 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
Size: 177.0 in
Width: 72.4 in
Peak: 59.8 in
Passenger quantity: 85 cu ft
Cargo quantity: 17 cu ft
Curb weight: 3600 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 8.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 23.8 sec
Zero to 110 mph: 32.5 sec
Rolling begin, 5–60 mph: 9.4 sec
High gear, 30–50 mph: 3.9 sec
High gear, 50–70 mph: 5.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 16.6 sec @ 86 mph
High velocity (governor restricted): 112 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 173 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.86 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Noticed: 31 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed/metropolis/freeway: 39/41/38 mpg