Lexus UX 250h: What’s changed for 2023?

Lexus is introducing a package of upgrades for its popular UX 250h compact luxury SUV this summer, focusing on more style choices, improved multimedia and connectivity and a sporty new model grade, F Sport Design.

Launched in 2019, the UX is a stylish and capable urban crossover that enjoys the role of gateway model to the Lexus brand. Built on Lexus’s GA-C global architecture platform, it reaps the benefits of a low centre of gravity and a highly rigid body for a rewarding drive with faithful responses to the driver’s inputs.  Its SUV credentials are enhanced with the option of Lexus’s electronic E-Four all-wheel-drive system.

New multimedia systems for the Lexus UX 250h

The revised Lexus UX 250h benefits from Lexus’s new multimedia systems, giving a faster, more intuitive response, focused on the human-centred operation and increased functionality.

2023 Lexus UX 250h

According to equipment grade, models are fitted with either eight or 12-inch displays, with touchscreen technology replacing the previous trackpad control. The new displays have been moved forward on the instrument panel, bringing them closer to the driver for comfortable operation. They present crisper graphics – in high definition on the 12-inch screen. Significantly increased computing power means command responses are quicker, while “always connected” cloud-based navigation is provided as standard, giving access to real-time road and traffic information for easier journey planning. The 12-inch system has embedded navigation, so operation is available in areas where cloud connection is not available.

The system’s new voice recognition system includes the option of using the “Hey Lexus” onboard assistant. This makes for easier use of voice commands to make phone calls, operate the audio and climate control and search the net. It can link to cloud-based information, so, for example, it can be asked about nearby fuel prices and other local information. It is programmed to understand more conversational terms and is better able to recognise commands when there is background noise – the audio doesn’t have to be muted and the microphones can recognise whether it is the driver or front passenger speaking.  

2023 Lexus UX 250h

Smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay (wireless connection) or Android Auto (wired connection) is provided as standard and, for complete convenience, updates to the multimedia system software can be delivered over the air using the car’s DCM (data communication module). Connectivity options include a USB-A port in the centre console box for playback of high-resolution sound sources and two USB-C ports for device charging on the console. The multimedia system can save the personal preference profiles of up to three people, customising the multimedia, audio and navigation settings.

The space on the centre console where the multimedia trackpad was located is now home to controls for the heated front seats or, where these are not specified, a handy small storage cubby. The console also features an illuminated tray in front of the air conditioning control panel, with space to hold a large smartphone.

True to Lexus’s famous omotenashi hospitality, owners will be able to use the Lexus Link smartphone app to lock or unlock the doors or operate the air conditioning system remotely, so that the cabin can be cooled or warmed before they set off on a journey.

Introduction of new F Sport Design grade to UX 250h

The F Sport Design grade is a new addition to the UX 250h range, making powerful F Sport exterior styling accessible to more customers.

Its road presence is enhanced with the F Sport spindle grille, featuring a Lexus L-motif mesh pattern, finished in black with a chrome surround for the lower section that accentuates the car’s planted stance. The same pattern is featured in the enlarged bezels housing the fog lights and cornering lights in the F Sport front bumper, with contrasting chrome L-shaped surrounds. The rear bumper also has an F Sport-specific design, with a jet black roof spoiler and moulding details around the light clusters. The 18-inch F Sport alloy wheels have a 10-spoke design and a dark metallic finish.

Other F Sport Design standard specification details include synthetic leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with Lexus’ Nanoe-X air quality system, reversing camera, automatic wipers, LED headlights with Automatic High Beam, chrome roof rails, black wheel arch mouldings and Lexus “F” badging.

Revisions to UX 250h F Sport

The revised F Sport specification makes Adaptive Variable Suspension and front and rear performance rods standard features, elements that contribute to the model’s sharper handling and chassis response and smoother ride quality on all road surfaces. The AVS’s control system has been adjusted so there is a seamless shift to high damping force when conditions require, so there is a less abrupt change in vehicle behaviour. Tuning of the system has also reduced high and mid-frequency vibration.

2023 Lexus UX 250h

The steering feel has been improved with a new rigid joint between the top of the steering gearbox mount and the suspension member. In line with this extra rigidity, the shock absorber damping force has been appropriately adjusted for optimum performance. 

Improved rigidity

Improvements to the 2023 model include measures to further increase body rigidity with additional spot welds on the bottom edge of the side member opening and the lower back panel opening and a more rigid steel back door reinforcement.

Colour choices

The UX is available with a new exterior paintwork option, Sonic Platinum. This special finish uses Lexus’s advanced sonic paint technology in which a layer just a few microns thick brings the metallic flakes in the paint into a closer, uniform alignment, creating an extra brilliance and deeper shading across the car’s bodywork.

2023 Lexus UX 250h

The revised range also provides a wider choice of bi-tone finishes, with six colours available in combination with a contrast black roof on the F Sport and F Sport Design models.

In the cabin, there is a new Hazel colour option available for all the upholstery options – fabric and synthetic and genuine leather – for all UX versions apart from the F Sport. The perforated leather upholstery has a fresh look with a new kagome stitchwork pattern, inspired by a traditional Japanese basket weave. The synthetic leather upholstery has a new sashiko pleating effect.

Lexus Safety System+

Revisions to the UX 250h’s Lexus Safety System+ bring improved performance in the Pre-Collision System, equipping the car with Intersection Turning Assist for safer left and right turns across traffic at intersections and Emergency Steering Assist, which helps the driver steer to avoid obstacles without departing from their traffic lane. The Dynamic Radar Cruise Control adopts Curve Speed Reduction, which automatically adjusts the vehicle’s speed to suit the radius of a bend in the road.

Efficient powertrain

The UX 250h’s powertrain is unchanged, delivering excellent efficiency and refined performance with fourth-generation Lexus hybrid electric technology; the 2.0-litre system develops 181bhp/135kW.

2023 Lexus UX 250h

Following its launch in 2019, the Lexus UX rapidly became our best-selling model in Europe, with its urban twist on the luxury crossover theme resonating with more than 50,000 new car buyers. In order to make the hybrid Lexus UX 250h more alluring than ever, a number of exterior and interior refinements have been applied for the 2022 model year.

69 comments

  1. I would suggest
    Hill hold should not need re setting everytime i start the ignition
    Select once and then done

    Should include auto closing wing mirrors

    Hill start assist why would this be in addition to hand break ?
    Again i have to select each time i start ignition

    The AC switch what a nightmare just give me a press button on and off

    Add more push buttons to dash screen yaris far ahead of my UX in this

    You have made a great car but the tech user interface is poor guys

    Please dont reply this is UK spec or you will pass on to the team
    Get them to contact me a real customer direct and keys really put consistent development and customer feedback into lexus culture and not a cheap buzzword

    1. Hello Ady,
      Thank you for your feedback.
      Our Lexus Customer Service team can be contacted on 0345 129 5484.
      Please let us know if we can assist you further.
      Thanks.

  2. I already have a Sonic Titanium UX 250 Takumi so it is not a new 2022 colour! I also agree with Rich, the colour range is dreary, greys, black, silver – let’s have a Mesa Red one!
    Sue

  3. The addition of a towbar should not stop the tailgate kick to open system from working, why would Lexus do this ???

    1. Hello Robert,
      Unfortunately, this is due to a technical reason.
      We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
      Thanks.

      1. Why should I have to pay for Lexus to make Technical Mistakes with the design of the car. I think I will have to take this further with Lexus Technical UK .

  4. Biggest pain for me is only being able to store 6 faves in the DAB Radio. It’s such a faff to have to go and search for others that I listen to regularly. Surely it’s not too hard to just have a long fave list across the different types.

  5. I have ordered an F-Sport with the Premium Plus Pack and looking at around April/May for delivery.
    I do agree that the auto folding mirrors should be standard, seems an odd thing to leave off especially at the prices we pay.
    Not sure on the comments around colour as they have red, blue, burnt orange and green, along with the usual white, black and greys.
    The wife wanted it in Grey and I must admit the colour coded wheel arches makes it look much better.
    Can’t wait to own the car and hopefully it doesn’t have the same issues as I have had with my 70 plate C-HR.

    1. Hello Jason,
      Thank you for your order, we are sure your UX will not disappoint.
      Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further assistance.
      Thanks.

  6. Hi,
    When will you add the new informaint system to UX similar to NX?
    I am waiting for that to be added to UX so that I order it.

    Thanks,
    Hannah

  7. Hi. I have the 2019 UX basic model that I bought for way too much $42k ish. Was hoping the new model would have some needed changes, but from what I can see only the outer color and interior colors have been added, also seems the center console is slightly tilted.

    Annoying things with the 2019 I was hoping would change:
    – using the AC… like another commenter made ~ “what a nightmare” we have yo go into the screen settings to turn off/on… all while we are driving. A simple button is all I ask for.
    – the cup holders being right in front of all the buttons. I have to keep moving the water bottles to turn on the seat warmers or playing with the heat/cool settings.
    – whenever something spills on the seats, it’s meaty impossible to completely clean as it gets stuck in the little holes on the seat style.
    – no seat memory options, so I can’t let anyone drive the car… as getting the seat back to my normal setting is a pain.
    – why don’t the side mirrors go in when we lock the doors?
    – the car horn is so weak. I feel like a little baby using it and letting others hear it’s weak horn. I need a more masculine “get out of my way” horn, so people k is I’m serious.

    That’s all my complaints, for now. There are many things I do like about the car too, but since we’re here to help make a better car with better features, I’ll stick with just telling you about the flaws.

    Thank you and have a nice day 🙂

    1. Hello Sadaf,
      Thank you very much for your feedback.
      We appreciate the time you have taken to write this.
      All of your feedback will be passed onto our Lexus Product Team.
      Thanks.

    1. Hello Alan,
      We would recommend discussing this with your Lexus Centre to confirm which Model Year UX300e you will be receiving.
      Thanks.

  8. I have a UX Takumi on order, due May2022, cannot find anywhere it says if the electric tailgate has the kick sensor feature.

    1. Hello Bill,
      Thank you for your order.
      This will depend on whether you are receiving the Model Year 2021 or 2022 UX 250h.
      The MY21 UX 250h comes with a Power Back Door and the MY22 UX 250h comes with a Power Back Door with Kick Function.
      We would recommend confirming with your Lexus Centre which model year you are receiving.
      Thanks.

      1. Hello
        Which model of UX250h comes with power / electric boot ?
        Does the 2022 model have touch screen infotainment system? If yes which version?
        Kindly reply at the earliest as I plan to place an order this week and these 2 features are important for me
        Thanks
        Amit

        1. Hello Amit,
          Thank you for contacting Lexus.
          Power back door without kick function is only available as standard on the Takumi Grade.
          However, it also comes with the Premium Plus Pack on UX grade and the Takumi Pack on the F SPORT Grade.
          The Model Year 2022 UX 250h also comes with a Touch Pad, not touch screen.
          Thanks.

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