Chassis upgrades, new F Sport packages and hybrid-only powertrain
The 2023 Lexus UXh has a new name to coincide with its new identity of being the smallest Lexus with a hybrid-only powertrain. Previously called UX since its debut in 2019, the updated UXh remains an entry-level luxury crossover that makes no claim to ruggedness despite its SUV looks.
Officially called the UX 250h, Lexus has dropped non-hybrid variants for the 2023 model year while updating standard infotainment and available safety tech to keep up with mainstays like the Volvo XC40, Mercedes-Benz GLB and the BMW X1 and X2. .
“The new UXh aims to enhance the appeal of electrified vehicles, especially hybrid electric vehicles, by evolving the driving experience and advanced safety features in a way unique to Lexus,” said Mitsuteru Emoto, engineer in Chief, Lexus International. “With careful attention to detail, the Lexus team has developed these two key features so that customers around the world can enjoy a sense of luxury and a comfortable, safe and secure driving experience.”
2023 Lexus UXh: what’s new?
From 2023, the Lexus UXh is strictly available as a hybrid version with all-wheel drive. Under the hood is a two-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a hybrid-electric system that generates 181 horsepower. If those numbers sound familiar, that’s because it’s the same hybrid powertrain as the outgoing UX 250h. The only gearbox available is a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
In addition, the UXh has two F Sport packs: Design and Handling. The former offers a sportier look, while the latter gives you a sportier ride. Also new are an updated infotainment system and more advanced safety features.
2023 Lexus UXh fuel economy
Lexus made no mention of official fuel economy in its press release. However, we estimate that the 2023 UXh will have EPA numbers similar to those the 2022 modelwhich is 43 city, 41 highway and 42 mpg combined.
Revised chassis and architecture
Fortunately, Lexus didn’t just put on a new badge and call it a day. Although it still rides on parent company Toyota’s GA-C platform (which underpins the GR Corolla and Toyota Prius, to name a few), the chassis now boasts 20 points. additional welding, a revised electronic power steering system and recalibrated shock absorbers.
Additionally, Lexus asked Bridgestone to make new, quieter and more refined 18-inch run-flat tires. Lexus says the result is a hybrid crossover that offers sharper handling, tighter steering and a more comfortable ride.
New F Sport Packages
The 2023 Lexus UXh is available in two F Sport packages. Design Pack includes F Sport wheels, bespoke grille, darkened roof rails, black roof, tilt/sliding sunroof, fog lamps with cornering lamps, rain sensing wipers, headlights self-levelling and body-coloured wheel arches.
Meanwhile, the Handling Package adds active variable suspension with performance dampers, F Sport seats with memory settings, a new steering wheel/shift knob, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and digital key.
The 2023 Lexus UXh features a standard eight-inch touchscreen powered by the latest Lexus Interface software with dual Bluetooth connectivity, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in-vehicle voice assistant and over-the-air updates (OTA ).
However, the available 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is hard to pass up and works better with Lexus software upgrades. Lexus also moved the center touchscreen closer to the driver for better ergonomics, and they finally got rid of that pesky touchpad which, for some reason, doesn’t bother some people.
Standard Security Features
Every 2023 Lexus UXh comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+ 2.5. The system uses a single lens camera and millimeter wave radar to power a host of advanced safety features like a pre-collision system with emergency steering assist, lane following assist and dynamic radar cruise control with curve speed control function, just to name a few.
Lexus Factory Warranty
The 2023 Lexus UXh is backed by a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. An eight-year/100,000-mile hybrid warranty and ten-year/150,000-mile battery warranty are also standard.
Depending on the number of kilometers traveled, an extended warranty may be beneficial to you. Before you decide, check out this helpful guide to Lexus extended warranties.
2023 Lexus UXh: Pricing and Availability
The 2023 Lexus UXh AWD starts at $37,250 for the most basic model, while the top-of-the-line AWD F Sport with the Handling package starts at $44,680 (both include the $1,075 destination charge).
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