2020 Lexus UX 250h Hybrid

2020 MODEL
$34,350 - $39,550
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2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: May 14, 2020
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The 2020 Lexus UX 250h is more than just another crossover hybrid SUV. It is the one hybrid looking to find a sweet spot between performance and practicality, while trying to be as conservative as possible too. At the same time it looks to offer unmatched luxury to cater to those who ask for it. With a nicely setup interior, extremely efficient powertrain and all-round drivability, the Lexus UX 250h has what it takes to easily be all that and more.

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Pros

Above average fuel economy

Very well balanced driving dynamics

Feature loaded variants

Premium quality, well-built interior

Cons

Subpar cargo capacity

Cramped second row

Smaller fuel tank negates fuel efficiency

What's New?

Android Auto and Google Assistant functionality is now standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34350

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

dimensions

wheelbase

103.9 in.

length

177 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

60.6 in.

curb weight

3605 lbs.

capacity

payload capacity

1045 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

41/39/38 mpg

ev range

434.6 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

402.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid Review video

Styles

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid in Atomic Silver color 2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid in Autumn Shimmer color 2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid in Cadmium Orange color 2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid in Caviar color 2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid in Eminent White Pearl color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid Base

Base

power
181 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
39 combined

$34,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $34,350 MSRP (41/39/38) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid Premium

Premium

power
TBD
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
39 combined

$36,025


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $36,025 MSRP (41/39/38) regular unleaded
Continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid Luxury

Luxury

power
181 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
39 combined

$39,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $39,550 MSRP (41/39/38) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.7

Overall Rating


Powering this be-all crossover hybrid is a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine. This engine borrows a hand from integrated dual electric motor-generators and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack to simultaneously churn 181 hp. Furthering aiding in transmitting that power from the engine to all the wheels of this hybrid is a continuously variable automatic transmission.

With a starting price of just under $35,000, the Lexus LF 250h offers tough competition to not only the MINI SE countryman but also the Toyota RAV4 hybrid. Ironically enough, the Lexus benefits greatly from the RAV4 hybrid, which may not be as premium an offering as the Lexus, but is a very well-rounded package in itself.

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Front View
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 
 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid Features

7.0/10

The 2020 Lexus UX 250h will be available in as many as three variants. The lineup begins with Base, followed by F Sport, and lastly, Luxury. The price for the Base variant begins at $34,350, while the top-level Luxury costs $39,550. All trims come with a long list of features from the factory. Only, the F Sport and Luxury variants get certain trim specific features to match.

Common across the range is a 181 hp 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that works alongside a dual electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. They together regulate a continuously variable automatic transmission that sends power to all the wheels of this Lexus hybrid.

Trims

Base

Luxury

MSRP (AWD)

$34,350

$39,550

Key Features

Smart access with push-button start/stop

Adds/Upgrades to Base
 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Power rear door with kick sensor

 

7.0-inch color display

Heated and ventilated front wheels

 

WiFi 4G

10.3-inch split-screen multimedia

 

Android Auto

LED-illuminated air-vent knobs

 

Heated outside mirrors

WASHI interior trim

   

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Which trim to go for?

The Luxury variant makes most sense in the lineup of the 2020 Lexus UX 250h. It adds a lot of noteworthy upgrades and raises the elegance of the standard UX 250h to another level. For an additional $5,000 over the Base, the Luxury trim offers a lot more car.

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid Engine and Performance

Powering the 2020 Lexus UX 250h is a rather humble setup. A 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder motor that makes 181 hp works in coordination with integrated dual electric motor-generators and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack to simultaneously supply power to all the wheels of this hybrid. All that power reaches the four corners of this Lexus with the help of a 2-speed continuously variable automatic transmission.

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Has a 2.0-liter I4 regular Engine

Also integrated into the rear differential is an additional 7hp electric motor-generator to further aid the all-wheel-drive unit. This motor engages at times of acceleration, cornering or in situations where extra traction is needed.

Models

Lexus UX 250h

MINI SE Countryman

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

MSRP

$34,350

$37,900

$36,095

$28,100

Engine

2.0L Regular Inline-4

1.3L Premium Inline-3

2.0L Regular Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD AWD

Transmission

2-Speed CVT w/OD and Auto-Manual 6-Speed Automatic w/OD and Auto-Manual 1-Speed Automatic 2-Speed CVT w/OD and Auto-Manual

Power

181hp@6,000rpm 134hp@4,400rpm 117hp@4,500rpm 219hp@5,700rpm

Torque

151lb-ft@4800rpm 284lb-ft@1,350rpm 137lb-ft@4,500rpm 163lb-ft@3,600rpm

The Lexus UX 250h’s 2.0-liter inline-four is the second most powerful in this lineup. At the top is its low maintenance cousin that gets a 2.5-liter inline-four engine churning 219 hp.

How fast is the Lexus UX 250h?

The 2020 Lexus UX 250h uses an additional 7hp motor integrated into the rear differential to further aid its all-wheel-drive unit in times of acceleration. Consequently, as soon you step on the gas, this Lexus jolts forward.

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV 0-60 MPH in just 8.1 sec

However, acceleration is not an instant. The UX 250h takes its time to get all charged up. Though once in the zone, the surge of power is plenty and consistent throughout. Thereby, the driver’s input is met with much better acceleration.

Model

Lexus UX 250h

MINI SE Countryman

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

0-60 MPH

8.1 sec

7.3 sec

9.2 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

N/A

17.2 sec

15.7 sec

Top Speed N/A N/A N/A N/A

Engine

2.0L Regular Inline-4

1.3L Premium Inline-3

2.0L Regular Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

Off the line, the Lexus LX 250h is fast but not as much as the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. However, as the road gets longer, the UX 250h starts to pull and pull is all it does.

What about the braking performance of the Lexus UX 250h?

The four wheels of the Lexus UX 250h all come equipped with power-assisted discs with anti-braking features. As you go down hard on the pedal, the input translates directly to the brakes, which respond in direct proportionality. So there’s no denying the fact that this Lexus brakes much more instantly than it can accelerate.

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Front Brake is 12.0 in.

Also, brake-fade does not seem to creep in on this hybrid crossover. The additional motor-generator at the back also ensures that the UX250h does not steer sideways as you stomp on the brake pedal.

Model

Lexus UX 250h

MINI SE Countryman

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Brake Rotors Front

12.0"

N/A

11.6"

12.0"

Brake Rotors Rear

11.1"

N/A

11.9"

11.1"

Curb Weight

3605 lbs

3948 lbs

4222 lbs

3710 lbs

60-0 MPH

119 ft

N/A

118 ft

143 ft

When compared against its adversaries, the UX250h seems to be on par with all others. The Outlander PHEV manages to outsmart all of its rivals in this comparison. However, the most shocking performance comes from the ultra-popular RAV4 that takes a massive 143ft to stop from 60MPH.

What about its driving dynamics?

All Lexus’s are known for their comfortable ride quality and precise handling. The 2020 UX 250h is no different. This Lexus UX 250h features 3 different driving modes, which are: Sport, Normal, and Eco-Drive. The different modes alter throttle response for varying scenarios that lie ahead. Of all those modes, the Eco-Drive is the least enthusiastic, and also the most efficient.

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Front View

In the city, in Normal mode, the standard suspension handles most surfaces with elegance. The only downside being the UX 250h’s compact dimensions that enhances some of those larger undulations. Otherwise, the charming composure of this hybrid crossover is very well suited for those rides around the town. Further enhancing this Lexus’s maneuverability in the city traffic is its adequately weighted steering, which feels reassuringly direct.

2020 Lexus UX 200 F Sport SUV Rear View

On the track, this crossover hybrid SUV from Lexus behaves more like a standard car. Switching to Sport mode stiffens things up only marginally. The response from the throttle sharpens to enhance performance. Further helping this Lexus hybrid with cornering is the additional motor integrated into the rear differential. The motor engages while getting in and out of corners to ensure that additional traction is maintained in such scenarios.

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Hybrid vehicles are known for their eco-friendly motors and extensive range. Amongst those hybrids, the Lexus UX 250h is one of the most fuel-efficient crossover SUVs available in America. Lexus greatly benefits from Toyota’s proficiency with hybrid technology in this case.

Model

Lexus UX 250h

MINI SE Countryman

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

MPG (City)

41

24

25

41

MPG (Highway)

38

33

30

38

MPG (Combined)

39

27

27

40

Fuel Capacity

10.6 gallons

9.5 gallons

11.3 gallons

14.5 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

435/403/413 miles

531/386/N/A miles

458/379/305 miles

595/551/580 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

4.5

6.3*

N/A

4.4

Both RAV4 and UX 250h offer similar MPG efficiencies. However, the RAV4 gets a much bigger fuel tank. Hence, it offers more range.

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid Interior

7.0/10

So far the Lexus UX 250h has been able to impress us greatly with its driving demeanor and efficient powertrain. However, this Lexus is not without flaw and a major one at that. Stepping inside this hybrid SUV reveals this Lexus’s biggest drawback which is its second-row seats.

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Seats

Despite plenty of available headroom, legroom in the second row is less than adequate. Also, the rear pillars make it feel a bit too claustrophobic. Ergonomically, the seats are plenty comfortable though. Especially in the front row, the seats are eight-way power-adjustable. The driver’s seat gets special treatment with two-way lumbar support.

Model

Lexus UX 250h

MINI SE Countryman

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.2/55.0/42.0

40.5/54.8/40.4

40.6/56.4/40.9

39.5/57.8/41.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.3/52.9/33.1

38.3/53.9/37.6

38.3/56.0/37.9

39.5/56.4/37.8

The steering wheel and shift knobs are all wrapped in leather. A NULUXE trim covers the interior of this hybrid crossover. So other than the cramped second row, the cabin of this Lexus is otherwise fairly upscale and comfortable.

When it comes to passenger comfort, the Outlander tops the ranks with best-in-class cabin space.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The Base Lexus UX 250h gets a 7-inch touchscreen. Moving up to the top of the ladder Luxury trim replaces the 7-inch display with a bigger 10.3-inch split screen infotainment unit. Regardless of the size of screen, the list of standard tech aboard this crossover hybrid SUV includes:

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Android Auto
  • Lexus ENFORM
  • Smart access
  • HD radio
  • SiriusXM satellite radio

What about utility?

As a practical hybrid SUV, the 2020 Lexus UX 250h provides plenty of space to store your stuff. However, its compact design and not-so-long wheelbase can only free up so much space. The lack of legroom in the second row results very much from expanding the cargo area.

2020 Lexus UX 200 F Sport SUV Has Cargo Volume with rear seats up is 17.1 cu ft

Model

Lexus UX 250h

MINI SE Countryman

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Cargo Capacity

17.1 cu.ft.

17.2 cu.ft.

30.4 cu.ft.

37.6 cu.ft.

At 37.6 cubic feet of volume, the Toyota RAV4 hybrid offers the biggest boot.

What are the different creature comforts on offer in the Lexus UX 250h?

The 2020 Lexus UX 250h gets several bells and whistles under its belt that make it as comfortable for occupants as any other Lexus in the market. This Lexus ensures that its occupants are treated with the following comfort features:

  • 8-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Two-way lumbar driver seat support
  • Head-up display
  • Remote touchpad
  • Dynamic voice command
  • Four USB ports
  • Illuminated entry system
  • Dual-zone climate control with interior air filter
  • Heated/ventilated front seats

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid Exterior

The UX is the smallest crossover that Lexus manufactures. Accordingly, the UX 250h follows in its footsteps. The only difference being the UX 250h’s hybrid and model name badging. Other than that, at the front are Twin-LED headlamps complete with integrated daytime running lights. The massive, blacked-out trademark Lexus spindle grille houses the brand's logo. From up-front the UX 250h looks a lot more aggressive for a hybrid.

Things at the sides take a rather sedate turn as is typical with all Lexuses. The slightly sculpted doors make the UX 250h look even more compact. The straight shoulder line flows all the way to the back to meet the arching roofline. Also the square wheel arches are wrapped in black claddings to add some ruggedness. Things take a sharp turn as we move towards the back.

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Front View

Sharp lines come in from all sides to merge at the tailgate which gets a light band that connects the brake lights on either sides. The LED taillamps add to the overall aesthetics of this Lexus. The rear design is complete with a Lexus logo in the center and black and silver claddings on the bumper.

Model

Lexus UX 250h

MINI SE Countryman

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Curb Weight

3605 lbs

3948 lbs

4222 lbs

3710 lbs

Length

177.0"

169.8"

184.8"

180.9"

Width

72.4"

71.7"

70.9"

73.0"

Height

60.6"

61.3"

67.3"

67.0"

Ground Clearance

8.5"

6.5"*

7.3"

8.1"

Wheelbase

103.9"

105.1"

105.1"

105.9"

The Lexus UX 250h's smaller wheelbase improves drivability but takes away some of its practicality.

What are the most eye-catching features?

The most enticing exterior features of the 2020 Lexus UX 250h are:

  • Spindle grille with mesh pattern
  • LED DRLs
  • LED headlamps
  • Dual tone wing mirrors
  • Body claddings
  • 18-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels
  • LED taillights
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Exterior
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Exterior
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Exterior
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Exterior
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Exterior
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Exterior
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Exterior
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Exterior
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Exterior
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Exterior
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Headlight
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Headlight
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Badge
2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid SUV Badge

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid Safety

Authorities are yet to test the 2020 Lexus UX 250h for its safety. Nevertheless, Lexus ensures the utmost safety for the driver and other people driving around in this UX 250h. The list of safety features include

  • Back-up camera with dynamic gridlines
  • 10-airbag system
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Cross-traffic alert
  • Stability control
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Rigid body structure with crumple zones

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid Competition

Lexus UX 250h vs. MINI SE Countryman

The Lexus UX 250h is very competent for a subcompact hybrid SUV. It outperforms the MINI SE Countryman in almost all considerable aspects. The MINI’s only suit is its more spacious cabin. Other than that the Lexus UX 250h is a much better SUV. it is also a lot cheaper than the SE Countryman.

2020 MINI SE Countryman

Lexus UX 250h vs. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The Toyota RAV4 hybrid simply dominates. Not only is it cheaper than the Lexus UX 250h, it has a much more powerful engine, bigger fuel tank, and best-in-class cargo space. The Lexus definitely offers a more premium feel. But when it comes to practicality, which is what most SUVs are all about, the Lexus UX 250h is no match for the Toyota RAV4 hybrid.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2020 Lexus UX 250h hybrid Final Verdict

Not many hybrid crossover SUVs out there satisfy as much as the Lexus UX 250h. It is fairly priced and offers a lot more premium features than some of the more expensive hybrid crossover SUVs. If it were not for its cramped second row and boot, this Lexus clearly has what it takes to be a segment leader. However, in order to get an even higher value for even less expensive, do consider the UX 250h’s low-maintenance cousin, the Toyota RAV4 hybrid.