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2020 Lexus UX Hybrid: What You Need to Know

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The 2020 Lexus UX Hybrid has an abundant number of standard features and some of the best fuel economy figures in its class. But its lackluster powertrain pushes it toward the bottom of our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings.

The 2020 Lexus UX Hybrid is ranked:

Is the Lexus UX Hybrid a Good SUV?

Despite its low ranking, the 2020 UX Hybrid is a pretty good hybrid SUV. It has one of the lowest base prices in the luxury hybrid and electric SUV class, and it comes with lots of standard safety features. It also has plenty of space in its first row of seats and a fair amount of room in the second row for adult passengers to sit comfortably. In addition to its great fuel economy, this Lexus delivers a smooth ride and poised handling. However, it doesn't have as much cargo space as many competitors, and its infotainment system can be tricky to use.

Should I Buy the Lexus UX Hybrid?

If you prioritize fuel efficiency over anything else, the UX Hybrid makes a good choice. It also helps that its starting price is below the class average. That said, there are several other vehicles worth your consideration. The BMW X1 has a stronger engine and delivers a more engaging ride. The Volvo XC40 features more-powerful engine choices and a roomier rear seat.

Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus UX Hybrid?

The Lexus UX Hybrid debuted for the 2019 model year. Aside from adding standard Android Auto and available blind spot monitoring, Lexus made no major changes for 2020. If these features interest you, consider purchasing a 2020 model. If not, the 2019 model is the way to go. It's nearly identical to the new UX Hybrid and likely less expensive.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2019 UX Hybrid review to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

We Did the Research for You: 14 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 14 Lexus UX Hybrid reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This 2020 UX Hybrid review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for the 2019 model year.

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How Much Does the Lexus UX Hybrid Cost?

The 2020 UX Hybrid has a starting price of $34,350, which is low among luxury hybrid and electric SUVs. The midlevel UX 250h F Sport trim starts at $36,350, while the top-of-the-line UX 250h Luxury trim starts at $39,550.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

Lexus UX Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Lexus UX Hybrid or BMW X1?

The BMW X1 is a luxury subcompact SUV that is more engaging to drive than the UX Hybrid. The X1 has a great balance of comfort and athleticism. It delivers a smooth ride over flat and uneven pavement, and it maintains composure while tackling sharp turns. The X1 also has a more powerful powertrain than you'll find in the UX Hybrid. Unless you prioritize efficiency above all else, go for the BMW.

Which Is Better: Lexus UX Hybrid or Volvo XC40?

The Volvo XC40 is another luxury subcompact SUV worth considering. While the UX Hybrid only offers one lackluster powertrain, you can get the XC40 with one of two potent engines. The Volvo also has more active safety features, including standard oncoming collision mitigation and an available Pilot Assist system that helps you maintain a constant speed and keeps the vehicle centered in its lane. Beyond that, the XC40 has a larger cargo hold than the UX Hybrid. The Lexus has better fuel economy, even taking its standard all-wheel drive into account (AWD is optional in the Volvo). In just about every other area, however, the XC40 is the better SUV.

As you'd expect, the nonhybrid Lexus UX has many similarities with its hybrid counterpart. Both SUVs boast a terrific predicted reliability rating, a relaxed ride, and lots of standard safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. However, there are some differences to keep in mind. While the nonhybrid UX has a lower starting price and a tad more cargo space, the UX Hybrid has slightly more horsepower, quicker acceleration, and better fuel economy. Personal preference should guide your purchase decision.

UX Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the UX Hybrid Seat?

There's seating for five people in the UX Hybrid. The front seats are roomy, comfortable, and supportive. The rear seats are a little snug, but two adults should be comfortable sitting in the back.

UX Hybrid and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has an upper tether and the ability to use the adjacent lower anchors when they are not being utilized.

UX Hybrid Interior Quality

The UX Hybrid has a mix of high- and low-quality materials in its cabin. Some critics say the interior lives up to luxury car standards, while others think the low-grade materials aren't befitting of the vehicle's upscale status.

UX Hybrid Cargo Space

Several class rivals offer more cargo room than the UX Hybrid, which has just 17.1 cubic feet of space behind its rear seats. Additionally, it has a high liftover height, which makes it harder to load bulky and heavy items. A hands-free liftgate is available.

UX Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The UX Hybrid's Remote Touch infotainment controller, which operates like a computer touchpad, is distracting to use while driving. The standard system comes with a 7-inch display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, voice command, and four USB ports. Available features include an 8-inch or a 10.25-inch display, an eight-speaker audio system, and navigation.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

UX Hybrid Performance

UX Hybrid Engine: Don't Expect Much

The UX Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that produce a combined 181 horsepower. This Lexus has enough power to get you where you need to go, but it isn't very quick compared to classmates. It comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission.

UX Hybrid Gas Mileage: This Is Where It Shines

The UX Hybrid delivers an EPA-estimated 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. These numbers are fantastic compared to other luxury subcompact SUVs and very good for a hybrid SUV.

UX Hybrid Ride and Handling: Comfort-Focused Crossover

This Lexus is all about comfort. It provides good road grip thanks to its standard all-wheel drive, and its suspension system is tuned to soften out road bumps. Additionally, the UX Hybrid's light and precise steering make it easy to maneuver.

UX Hybrid Reliability

Is the Lexus UX Hybrid Reliable?

The 2020 Lexus UX 250h has a great predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Lexus UX Hybrid Warranty

The UX Hybrid is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. Lexus covers hybrid-related components with an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.

UX Hybrid Safety

UX Hybrid Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 UX Hybrid.

UX Hybrid Safety Features

The UX Hybrid comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0. This package includes traffic sign recognition, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and lane trace assist. Front and rear parking sensors, front and rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and a head-up display are available.

UX Hybrid Dimensions and Weight

The UX Hybrid is nearly 14.8 feet long. Its curb weight is 3,605 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Lexus UX Hybrid Built?

Lexus builds the 2020 UX Hybrid in Japan.

Which Lexus UX Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Lexus UX Hybrid comes in three trims: UX 250h, UX 250h F Sport, and UX 250h Luxury (we review the nonhybrid Lexus UX separately). All models come with all-wheel drive as well as a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine to make 181 horsepower.

The base UX 250h trim is an excellent choice for most shoppers. It's loaded with standard technology, yet it carries one of the lowest starting prices in the class. Standard features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. It also offers a package that adds more safety and comfort-oriented features.

Lexus UX 250h

The UX 250h starts at $34,350 and includes an infotainment system with the Lexus Remote Touch interface, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 7-inch display, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, four USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and voice command. It also comes with synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, dual-zone climate control, and Drive Mode Select (with Sport, Normal, and Eco drive modes).

Several active safety features are also standard, including pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane trace assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

The Premium package ($1,675) adds a moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Lexus UX 250h F Sport

Starting at $36,350, the UX 250h F Sport adds a sport suspension, LED fog lights, sport front seats, paddle shifters, and an 8-inch infotainment display.

You can add the Premium package for $1,475 or the Luxury package for $2,890. The Luxury package includes a hands-free liftgate, heated and ventilated front seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a moonroof, and memory settings for the driver's seat and outside mirrors.

 Lexus UX 250h Luxury

The UX 250h Luxury trim runs for $39,550 and adds the Premium package's features as well as a hands-free liftgate and memory settings for the driver's seat and outside mirrors.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

The Final Call

The 2020 Lexus UX Hybrid's superb gas mileage and lengthy list of standard technology make it an appealing choice in the luxury hybrid and electric SUV class. However, there are several other hybrid and nonhybrid competitors with stronger engines and more user-friendly infotainment systems.

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

Read the full 2020 Lexus UX Hybrid review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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