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2024 Lexus UX

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2024 UX 250h Base 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $36,690
2024 UX 250h Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,090
2024 UX 250h F SPORT Design 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,150
2024 UX 250h Premium 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,150
2024 UX 250h F SPORT Design 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,550
2024 UX 250h Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,550
2024 UX 250h F SPORT Handling 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,120
2024 UX 250h F SPORT Handling 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $45,520


What's New

The 2024 Lexus UX 250h is largely a carryover model. A hands-free power tailgate is now offered across all trims.

Choosing Your Lexus UX

The Lexus UX 250h is available in four trims, Base, Premium, F Sport Design, and F Sport Performance. Base prices range from $36,490 to $43,920

Engine Choices

The UX is only offered in hybrid form that incorporates an efficiency-focused 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with port and direct fuel injection and a motor on the front transaxle for a combined 181 horsepower while the continuously-variable transmission helps route power to the ground through the wheels. An optional $1,400 all-wheel-drive system adds another motor to the rear axle.

Weight-saving technology such as enhanced cooling systems, improved battery performance, and aluminum panels help the front-wheel-drive UX earn an EPA-estimated 42 miles per gallon combined while the all-wheel-drive version returns 39 mpg combined.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The UX is the smallest crossover in the Lexus line-up and it measures 177 inches long and sits about 72 inches wide. That’s about in line with its competitors from Audi, BMW, and Volvo, however, its measurements of rear legroom, 33 inches, and cargo space,17.2 cubic feet, are not impressive results.

The UX is not recommended for towing.

Lexus UX

Safety Features

The UX features automatic emergency braking, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control system, lake keep assist, and automatic high beams. The 2023 Lexus UX, which includes the same safety equipment, earns the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award with top scores in every category, including headlight performance. It also wins a five-star overall rating from NHTSA.


The UX received a significant tech update last year and features an eight-inch display as standard on the base and F Sport Design trims while a 12.3-inch display is optional on the Premium trims and standard on the F Sport Handling trim. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and remote connectivity are standard on all trims. The larger screen also comes with a 10-speaker premium sound system and a wireless charging pad for $75 on all trims.

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2024 Lexus UX 250h Base – MSRP From $36,490

The base trim is well equipped with 18-inch wheels, LED front and rear lighting (headlights, daytime running lights, and rear combination lights), heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, proximity entry, synthetic leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a seven-inch digital gauge cluster, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and dual-zone climate control.

A color head-up display is $900, a heated windshield wiper park area is just $100, and a sunroof is offered for $1,100. A hands-free power tailgate is newly available for $550.

2024 Lexus UX 250h Premium – MSRP From $38,950

The Premium trim is distinguished by its color-keyed fenders and additional features such as a sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, a hands-free power tailgate, heated and ventilated seats with driver’s position memory, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The upgraded infotainment system is a $1,405 option.

2024 Lexus UX 250h F Sport Design – MSRP From $38,950

As the name implies the F Sport Design focuses on styling details while adopting many of the Premium trim’s features. Dark 18-inch wheels, a revised grille and front and rear bumpers, a black roof panel, dark chrome roof rails, fog lights, and dual-tone synthetic leather seats are all unique to the F Sport trims. A hands-free power tailgate and heated and ventilated seats are not included but are available as options.

2024 Lexus UX 250h F Sport Handling – MSRP From $43,920

The F Sport Handling utilizes the unique styling features of the F Sport Design and adds additional chassis technology such as body dampers, adaptive suspension dampers, and enhanced steering system bracing. Paddle shifters, an F-Sport gauge display with a sliding bezel, a unique steering wheel, heated and cooled seats, and a digital key entry are also included.

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CarsDirect Tip

The Premium trim includes features many would expect from a Lexus crossover without breaking the mental $40,000 ceiling (unless all-wheel drive is added). It may be compromised in interior space but its focus on styling and efficiency makes it a desirable option among the luxury small crossover segment.

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  • Safe and well-equipped
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Usual Lexus build quality
  • Easy to drive and live with
  • Appearance flatters to deceive
  • Cramped in the rear and trunk
  • F Sport models are unnecessary
  • Performance is underwhelming
Expert Rating
3.1 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Is it a hatch? Is it an SUV? The UX is one of two relatively compact SUVs in the Lexus range, newer than its NX sibling yet almost indistinguishable visually from the front. Since U follows N in the alphabet, you’d expect this to be the larger model, though it’s significantly smaller than the NX.

What we have here is a jacked-up hatchback with plastic wheel arch cladding, rather than a serious attempt at an off-road vehicle. The solitary hybrid powertrain (borrowed from the Prius) certainly wasn’t made for taking trails, while AWD is a $1,400 option on every model. In truth, performance is probably the UX’s weakest suit. Its 181 hp two-liter engine is augmented by two small motors and a complicated transmission including a droning CVT that offers an unconvincing simulation of manual gearing. This is a car to waft in rather than relish, with soft handling that’s only firmed up by F Sport Handling’s 18-inch wheels and adaptive dampers. Save your money, and then save some more money thanks to the combined fuel economy of 42 mpg in FWD models and 39 mpg in AWD guise.

All about the user experience. According to Lexus, the name UX is an abbreviation of Urban Crossover. However, if we’re taking such a liberal approach to spelling, it might as well stand for user experience. The cabin is a thoroughly pleasant place to spend time, despite a compact body that’ll deter families with grown children. The hybrid battery is hidden under the rear seat, but there’s still only 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space, with rear legroom maxing out at 33 inches. It’s not great for adults back here, though kids will appreciate the center armrest and USB ports. Leave them with the babysitter, and the rear seats drop down in a 60/40 split to bring home your next consignment of Swedish flat-pack furniture.

Space is at a premium behind the comfortable front seats, but Lexus does know how to assemble a quality cabin. The aforementioned F Sport models are dolled up with incongruous red trim, but every surface is beautifully manufactured and impeccably assembled. This is a car that will last for decades. Its road manners also infer durability, with little noise creeping in and a comfortable ride meaning longer journeys waft by with little fuss.

Lexus UX

What does it cost? Armed with a budget of $38,000, you’ll be stepping into the base UX 250h. That’s no hardship since it includes synthetic leather seats with power adjustment and a high-quality eight-inch infotainment screen. Every model also benefits from the latest Lexus Safety System+ 2.5, which bundles together adaptive cruise and active lane control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, blind-spot monitoring, and auto high beams. We’re pleased you don’t have to move up the UX model hierarchy to benefit from these features, especially as the car’s thick C pillars make reversing a fraught process. Needless to say, the UX has top billing from both of America’s crash test agencies.

Well specified though the base model is, we’d check under the sofa cushions for extra coins to buy the $40,100 Premium model, whose front seats are heated and ventilated below a sunroof and ahead of a power tailgate. If you want more screen real estate, F Sport Handling models have a 12.3-inch screen, though we’re less enthused by its other standard features – sports seats (why?) and performance upgrades (really?) Chuck in a few creature comforts like wireless phone charging, and the F Sport’s $50,000 price tag seems excessive when you could have a well-specified Volvo XC60 or Range Rover Evoque for the same money.

It cuts a dash in the car park. While the aforementioned Evoque seems to have been milled from molten aluminum, the UX looks like it needs ironing. The body is a riot of hard creases and odd angles, with the plastic wheel arch moldings looking out of place on a vehicle with no off-road pretensions. In the curious shade of green Lexus offers, it resembles something you’d find in a jungle. The design doesn’t aid practicality, either, with a compact trunk aperture and awkwardly shaped rear doors requiring you to duck to avoid minor head injuries. At least the dash is practical, with everything canted towards the driver and two rows of tactile switches logically placed below a clear, high-level infotainment screen.

Final thoughts. The UX doesn’t really have any competitors, so let’s think of it as a Prius in cargo shorts. It makes hybrid motoring look more interesting, without really advancing the cause. It’s no performance vehicle, its off-road credentials are negligible, and it looks silly adorned with roof bars. Like its CT forefather, it’s destined to be a niche player in the Lexus lineup, and it’s hard to justify the near-$50,000 price tag of over-engineered F Sport Handling models. Who buys a compact hybrid SUV with a Prius engine for its handling prowess?

The UX might seem pointless, especially in the NX’s shadow, but it’s not a bad car in its own right. It’s impeccably assembled and backed with a four-year warranty including two scheduled services, while the switchgear could probably withstand a bomb blast. Every model is well equipped, there’s a strong infotainment system, road manners are serene and fuel economy would be class-leading if it had any direct rivals. If you can live with limited rear space and a needlessly complex hybrid powertrain, your brand-new UX will deliver faithful service well into the 2040s.

Pictured: 2023 Lexus UX

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4
2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
43 / 41 / 42 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
43 / 41 / 42 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
10.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
90 Cu.ft. / 89 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
177.0 "
Exterior Width
72.4 "
Exterior Height
60.6 "
Front Headroom
37.3 " / 35.7 "
Rear Headroom
36.3 "
Front Legroom
42.1 "
Rear Legroom
33.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
52.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,483 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Nuluxe Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert (lda) With Steering Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Tracing Assist (lta) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System With Pedestrian And Bicycle Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Vehicle Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intelligent High Beam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Intuitive Park Assist Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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