The Lexus UX is a subcompact luxury SUV model produced and sold by the Lexus luxury vehicle division of Toyota. Within the Lexus vehicle catalog’s SUV lineup, the UX is the smallest and most affordable option. It is sized and priced below the Lexus NX compact luxury SUV and the Lexus RX midsize luxury SUV.
The Lexus UX (Urban Explorer) was first released in 2018 and functions as the luxury counterpart to the Toyota C-HR and the all-new Toyota Corolla Cross. Before its official release, the UX was teased as the LF-UX concept vehicle at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. A reworked production version was then promoted to the public through the “Lexus Complete Lease” vehicle subscription program, which later expanded to include additional models.
Still in its first generation, the Lexus UX is also available as a hybrid and an EV (currently only available overseas). Its luxury rivals in the subcompact SUV class include the Audi Q3, the BMW X1, the Buick Encore and Encore GX, the Cadillac XT4, the Jaguar E-Pace, the Mercedes-Benz GLA, and the Volvo XC40.
- 2022 Lexus UX (Starting MSRP $33,000)
- Pros: The Lexus UX subcompact luxury SUV provides excellent handling and driving dynamics, a classy and upscale cabin, and plenty of standard features.
- Cons: All of the engine options of the UX lack refinement, its cargo space is pretty substandard, and its infotainment system controls are all locked to an unintuitive touchpad.
- See Also: NX and RX
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