A Comprehensive Review of the 2024 Lexus UX 250h

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The 2024 Lexus UX 250h extends its unique position in the automotive landscape, standing out as arguably the best-valued and most fuel-efficient luxury subcompact sport utility vehicle. With a starting price of $35,340, it provides an attractive option in the market, especially considering its top F Sport Handling model aligns with the average price of a new vehicle in the United States.

This vehicle, part of the Urban eXplorer (UX) lineup, exclusively offers hybrid trims powered by a 2.0-litre I-4 engine and two electric motors, delivering a combined 181 horsepower through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). While its acceleration might not win in ego-driven contests, the UX’s nimble driving and compact stature contribute to its peppy personality.

In a competitive field with rivals like Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes-Benz GLA, the UX stands out by emphasising its strengths. The interior reflects Lexus’s upscale reputation with a well-appointed, comfortable space built with high-quality materials and soft-touch surfaces.

Consistency defines the trim lineup, featuring an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and four USB ports. Additional enhancements, such as a 12.3-inch touchscreen, built-in navigation, wireless charging, and a premium audio system, cater to diverse preferences.

Safety remains a priority, with every 2024 Lexus UX equipped with the Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 suite, encompassing adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and road sign recognition. Minimal changes from the previous year include an optional motion-sensing power tailgate.

Interior space, while offering ample room for front-seat passengers, receives mixed ratings due to limited cargo space, particularly with the rear seats up. The designation as a five-seater may be misleading, as the back seat accommodates two adults but might be cramped for extended periods.

Nevertheless, the UX 250h’s standout feature is its fuel efficiency, surpassing 40 miles per gallon combined. Coupled with impressive resale value and affordability, it earned the segment’s Lowest 5-Year Cost to Own Award for 2023, making it a compelling choice in the luxury subcompact SUV category.

Key Figures for the 2024 Lexus UX 250h:

  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds.
  • Airbags: 6.
  • Fuel economy: 43 mpg/city; 41 mpg/highway.
  • Horsepower: 181.
  • MSRP: $37,800.00 (as tested: $41,645.00).
  • Warranty: Bumper to bumper, 4 years/50,000 miles; Powertrain, 6 years/70,000 miles; Corrosion, 6 years/unlimited mileage; Complimentary Maintenance: 1 year/10,000 miles; Roadside Assistance, 4 years/unlimited mileage.