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Regarding luxury hybrid SUVs, Lexus has some of the best options on the market. One example is the 2023 Lexus UX. Not only does the latest model Lexus UX deliver solid hybrid performance and have a great look, but it is one of the safest SUVs in its class. The new Lexus UX being an ultra-safe vehicle gives it much more value than many of its biggest rivals. 

This small hybrid Luxury SUV is a top safety plus pick 

2023 Lexus UX
2023 Lexus UX | Sjoerd van der Wal via Getty Images

A vehicle being safe goes a long way in the minds of drivers. However, knowing that your vehicle is a Top Safety Plus pick is even better. The 2023 Lexus UX is the only small luxury SUV that earned this status for the year. This means that the UX provides optimal protection in the unfortunate event of a crash. Because it’s a Top Safety Plus pick from the NHTSA, the vehicle got the highest ranking possible in all of the crash test categories. 

In addition to being the only small luxury Top Safety Plus pick, the 2023 Lexus UX is a reliable SUV. Consumer Reports says it will be more reliable than most new vehicles. In fact, Lexus vehicles are expected to outlive other SUVs in general, as they typically last between 250,000 and 300,000 miles. According to Get Jerry, this is about a 50% longer life on the road than the average vehicle. 

Awesome hybrid performance 

2023 Lexus UX in white
2023 Lexus UX | Sjoerd van der Wal via Getty Images

The 2023 Lexus UX comes in a few trims, all offering awesome hybrid performance. The base trim of this luxury hybrid SUV has a 2.0-liter inline-four with a maximum output of 181 horsepower. It’s front-wheel drive and uses a continuously variable transmission. This Lexus SUV also has all-wheel drive configurations. 

Though the vehicle offers solid performance, it’s not among the fastest luxury hybrid SUVs. It accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 8.2 seconds. Of course, there are slower SUVs on the market, but this won’t be most people’s favorite aspect of the car. Despite this, it’s still a fun SUV to drive and has impeccable steering and handling. 

This is a fuel efficient SUV

Given that this is a hybrid, it’s understood that the UX is a highly fuel efficient SUV. However, it surprises people exactly how efficient SUV it is. The 2023 Lexus UX gets an average of 43 miles per gallon in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. However, the all-wheel drive versions of the SUV get an average of 41 mpg in the city and 38 on the highway. 

Overall, this vehicle is not only super safe, but it’s an all-around great SUV. Buyers can trust it, it delivers solid performance, and it’s fairly affordable for a luxury hybrid SUV. The 2023 Lexus UX starts at $35,340, which aligns it with many options from automakers such as Honda and Toyota. 

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