The 2022 Lexus UX carries into 2022 with few changes beyond a few new exterior and interior colors. As before, the UX is available as either a gas-powered subcompact SUV or a gas-electric hybrid vehicle.
Choosing Your Lexus UX
The 2022 Lexus UX is available in three trims; base, F Sport, and Luxury. Prices range from $34,075 to $39,115. The UX 250h is offered in the same trims and is $2,200 more.
All UX trims are fitted with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine while the UX 250h AWD adds a 24 kW Ni-MH battery pack and two motors for more power, efficiency, and all-wheel drive. The gasoline engine-only UX 200 develops 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque which is routed through the front wheels.
The hybrid powertrain features a combined rating of 181 horsepower while one of its two motors drives the rear axle at speeds up to 43 miles per hour, at which point it becomes front-wheel-drive only. Both units use a continuously-variable transmission.
The UX 200 earns an EPA-estimated 29 miles per gallon city, 37 mpg highway, and 32 combined rating, and the hybrid scores 41, 38, and 39 mpg combined.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The UX is just 177 inches long, rides on a 104-inch wheelbase, and sits 72.4 inches wide. It’s about the same size on the outside as the Audi Q3, BMW X2, and Volvo XC40 but inside, its 33.1 inches of legroom and 36.3 inches of headroom for the rear passengers is significantly less than its competitors, as is its 17.2 cubic feet of space behind the second row. Those looking for wins for the Lexus will point to its 34.2-foot turning circle, which is best in class.
The UX is not recommended for towing.
The 2022 UX is equipped with Lexus’ Safety System 2.0+ that includes automatic emergency braking with low-light pedestrian detection and daytime bicyclist detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, lane centering, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and road sign recognition.
Parking assist with automatic low-speed braking is available for $565 on all trims.
Lexus’ small crossover earns IIHS’ 2021 Top Safety Pick award but only the pricey triple-beam headlights earn a Good rating. The standard headlights are rated Poor. The UX earns a five-star overall rating score from NHTSA.
All trims feature an infotainment system with a 7.0-inch display with a remote touchpad and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and SiriusXM compatibility. Lexus’ remote services and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot are also included while four USB ports (two for the rear passengers) and a 12V power outlet are on board for charging duties. A wireless phone charger is available as a $75 option across the lineup.
A 10.3-inch infotainment display with navigation is available within a package that also brings an eight-speaker (up from six) premium sound system and a host of other convenience features.
The entry-level Lexus crossover is well equipped with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, daytime running lights, and taillights that run the width of the UX, heated mirrors, aluminum roof rails, and proximity entry. The interior lists synthetic leather seats with eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a seven-inch digital gauge cluster, and dual-zone climate control among its notable standard features. The Hybrid trim is equally equipped but is distinguished by its blue exterior Lexus badging.
The Premium Package is offered for $1,515 and includes heated and ventilated seats, a uniquely-Japanese Washi fabric design on the upper dash panel, a moonroof, color-keyed over-fenders, and rain-sensing wipers.
There are several stand-alone options available such as a $600 hands-free power tailgate, a $1,100 moonroof, a $500 head-up display, and a $100 heated windshield wiper-park area which all seem very reasonably priced.
Other features, however, require the selection of the Premium Package first, such as the $2,200 navigation/ larger touchscreen package that also includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a power tilt/ telescope steering wheel, the $1,660 triple-beam package with its compact but powerful LED headlights, adaptive front lighting, fog lights, and cornering lights, and a $150 heated steering wheel that mandates the selection of a $325 auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The F Sport gives the UX a sportier attitude with differently-styled 18-inch wheels, a unique front grille and front and rear bumpers, LED fog lights and cornering lights, color-keyed fender flares, and an F Sport-tuned suspension underneath. Inside, the steering wheel is wrapped in perforated leather and features paddle shifters, the front seats gain additional bolstering, the pedals and door sill plates are aluminum, the gauge cluster grows to eight inches and features a sliding physical bezel, the dash, steering wheel, and shifter gain red stitching, and the active sound control system pumps in more engine sound to enhance the experience.
The Premium Package is less expensive ($975) as the color-keyed fenders are already included but, otherwise, adds the same features. The Luxury Package is available for $2,390 (although it requires the addition of the navigation system) and it includes heated and ventilated seats with driver’s position memory, power-folding mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming, and a hands-free tailgate.
The Luxury trim returns to the base trim’s styling but includes the Premium and Luxury packages and the upgraded infotainment, while uniquely featuring LED-illuminated air-vent knobs and acoustic front side glass.
The UX 250h with the Premium Package, triple-beam headlights, and the upgraded infotainment add the power, efficiency, safety, and comfort worthy of a compact luxury crossover.