Lexus UX goes hybrid-only, adds new infotainment system for 2023


The freshening of the Lexus UX this year will see the brand’s smallest crossover convert to a hybrid-only powertrain and add Lexus’ new home-baked infotainment system on a larger touch screen, as well as enhanced safety features.

The 2023 UX, which goes on sale this summer, will continue to be powered by a hybrid powertrain with a 2.0-liter engine mated to a continuously variable transmission, producing 181 hp. Equipped with a permanent-magnet, electric-drive motor with EV mode, the UX has an estimated mpg of 41 city/38 highway/39 combined.

The nonhybrid model, with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine with 169 hp, has been dropped.

Inside, the UX is equipped with the new Lexus Interface infotainment system, which was designed in Texas by Toyota Connected and is expanding across the Lexus lineup. The voice-centric system is accessed via either the standard 8-inch or optional 12.3-inch touch display.

Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 will come standard on the UX, with improved pre-collision system, emergency steering assist, lane-tracing assist and a new curve-speed control function that has been added to the adaptive cruise control system.