UPDATED: March 29, 2022


This page will tell you everything that you need to know about this SUV.  Buying a vehicle is a huge accomplishment and a large financial outlay.  We want you to have as much information as possible, so that you can make the best decision for you.

The Lexus UX (Japanese: レクサス・UXRekusasu UX) is a subcompact luxury crossover SUV from Lexus, a luxury division of Toyota. It was introduced at the March 2018 Geneva Motor Show as the smallest crossover model in Lexus’ lineup, slotted below the compact NX. It is also the first Lexus model to use the GA-C platform. The “UX” name stands for “Urban Explorer”.

According to Lexus, the vehicle has a “bold and stylish design that blends expressive bodywork with a compact size”. Lexus espouses the UX’s “crossover credentials” via “exceptional body rigidity and a low center of gravity for exceptional handling”.

The UX comes equipped with Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 as standard equipment.

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  • Official Page – Lexus UX
  • Price: Starts at $40,700 CAD
  • Comparable to:  Audi Q3, BMW X1, Volvo XC40
  • Maintenance costs:  Approximately $5,510 over 10 years.


We have put together as many reviews and impressions as we could find.   Each finds a way to touch upon something that the others missed.  If you are serious about this vehicle then these videos are worth watching.    If you have review or first impressions that helped you and that aren’t listed here, please contact us!


Scores by publication: No Score

Gold Pony: No Score

Kelley Blue Book: 4.0 / 5

Forbes: 88 / 100

USNews: 7.2 / 10

Edmunds: 7.1 / 10

J.D. Power: 81/ 100

Car and Driver: 7.5 / 10

Motortrend: 7.8 / 10

Auto Channel: 8.5 / 10

What the critics have to say…

Few other luxury automakers bother offering a hybrid powertrain in their little SUVs. You won’t find one in the BMW X1 or Mercedes-Benz GLA, for instance. But not everything is great in Lexus town; the lethargic acceleration and cumbersome infotainment interface make us frown. How much do these drawbacks sour the overall experience? Learn more by reading our in-depth Expert Rating on the 2021 UX 250h. — Edmunds

There’s nothing subtle about the spindle-style Lexus grille, but it works well on the UX, whose upswept lower side character lines lend an aggressive air to this compact SUV.

New colors for 2022 include Grecian Water, Sonic Chrome, and Cadmium Orange. Also new for 2022 is color-keyed fender molding.

Kelley Blue Book

How Does It Drive?

Everyone has different driving tastes, but in general the UX is a pretty boring drive.  The UX isn’t especially quick, but it is comfortable and has a tight turning radius.

Is it reliable and high quality?

The UX has an average reliability rating of 80/100.  Lexus the brand has a reputation for being reliable.

How Comfortable is It?

The seating is very comfortable for this price point and the car rides well.  It doesn’t pretend to be a sports car, offering a more luxurious ride.

The cabin is quiet on the highway.

What is the Interior Like?

The interior quality is what you would expect from an entry level luxury vehicle.  Build quality is excellent.  It comes standard with synthetic leather and soft to the touch plastics.

What is the Technology Like?

The feature-rich UX infotainment system has some issues.   Most operations require the use of the finicky Remote Touch controller, which is comparable to trackpad.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch infotainment display, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, four USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Available infotainment features: a 10.3-inch infotainment display, navigation, an eight-speaker stereo, wireless device charging, and an 8-inch digital gauge cluster
  • Additional standard features: proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a hands-free power liftgate and a moonroof

What is the Cargo Space Like?

If you need cargo space, look elsewhere.  The UX only delivers 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space.  The rear seats do fold down if that is your style.

Is This Vehicle a Good Value?

The UX is a budget friendly entry level luxury SUV.   The lethargic acceleration is a concern.

Compared with other extra-small luxury SUVs, you generally pay less for a UX, but you also get less.

Is the Lexus UX a Good SUV?

Yes, the Lexus UX is a solid SUV.  It has fantastic fuel economy figures and its small turning radius makes it easy to fit into tight parking spots and navigate crowded streets. The UX is also one of the least expensive vehicles in this class.

An underpowered engine, a user unfriendly infotainment system and underperforming engine are downsides.

Should I Buy the Lexus ux?

If your heart is set on Lexus then this is for you.  Otherwise, look at the BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and Mercedes GLA.  You may still choose the Lexus, but each of the options has its own perks and drawbacks.

The Final Word

The 2022 Lexus UX is a budget-friendly luxury SUV with plenty of standard safety and technology features. The UX is comfortable and responsive to drive. The downsides of its small cargo area, its tempermental infotainment system and its underperforming engine should be weighed in your decision.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

2022 Lexus UX 250h Review | 40+ MPG’s!