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Hybrid powertrain now standard
Roseville, CA – Introduced earlier this year, the latest version of the Lexus UX 250h returns less a gasoline version, which makes the hybrid powertrain standard.
Some would suggest that Lexus developed the subcompact SUV as another way to interest loyal Toyota buyers in a luxury product. Reviewers say one can opt for a cheaper version of the UX 250h by purchasing a Toyota RAV4 Hybrida larger SUV than the Lexus hybrid.
The 2023 Lexus UX 250h arrives with additional changes, then simply ditches its traditional gasoline-powered model. These changes include improved safety, a new infotainment interface and performance enhancements for the F Sport model.
But essentially, there’s nothing major to differentiate last year’s UX 250h from the 2023 version. It’s still ideal for people looking for a small, hatchback-like SUV that’s comfortable and offers great fuel economy. The prevailing view here is that it has ample power and is a lot of fun to drive.
It has the stability to navigate corners, maneuver deftly in small parking spaces and handles well on rough roads in a sporty manner. Note that the 250h F Sport version includes a performance package that can boost performance.
What stands out about the UX 250h is its physical appearance, cool interior and fuel efficiency. This hybrid gets 38-41 mpg and can go around 500 miles on a 12.5 gallon tank.
The UX exterior features an angular front end, hourglass grille, lightning bolt-shaped headlights and an LED light bar that spans the width of the tailgate. The interior is elegantly configured, has many technological qualities and enough space for two or three people to load up and go on a trip.
Offered in three trim levels (base, F Sport, Luxury), the UX 250h is criticized for its suspect performance. But we found the performance more than adequate on our travels. All models have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 181 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds.
Standard driving safety features include automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control system with lane centering and lane keeping assist.
IN BRIEF – 2023 LEXUS UX 250h
- Performance: 2.0 liters, four cylinders, 181 horsepower
- Price estimate: $35,200 to $40,300
- Warranty: 4 years/80,000 km; transmission: 6 years/70,000 miles; roadside assistance: 4 years/unlimited; corrosion: 6 years/unlimited
- Mileage rating: 38-41 mpg
A look inside
Two big things happened with the interior – the dashboard layout was relocated to better accommodate the driver and the annoying touchpad controller was eliminated. There’s a standard 8-inch screen with an optional 12.3-inch screen also available. Standard features include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, four USB ports and a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.
Although the vehicle can accommodate five people, more than two people in the back seat is a strain. The seats are comfortable up front, and there’s good legroom and headroom (for two) in the back, too. The cargo area is limited to 17.1 cubic feet.
The 2023 Lexus UX 250h is an attractive luxury subcompact SUV that is fun to drive and offers excellent fuel economy.