The underpowered engine remains our main criticism of the stylish crossover.
The Lexus UX is an excellent introduction to the Lexus brand for many younger consumers. It mixes a striking exterior with a premium-feeling cabin and lots of standard features, even if it looks sportier than it actually is. Last year, the UX received a subtle facelift that added one or two new safety features and a revised color palette, and for 2022, Lexus has changed even less on this subcompact luxury crossover. In fact, the changes are entirely related to the color palette with new colors like Grecian Water, Sonic Chrome, and Cloudburst Gray. Like the UX, the bigger RX L was also mostly untouched by Lexus for the 2022 model year.
On the Premium, Luxury, and F Sport models, color-keyed overfenders are available for a sportier touch. In the cabin, there are also some new color choices like Grecian Water paired with Black, Birch, or Birch with Lapis. As before, both the UX 200 and UX 250h hybrid models are available. In both cases, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine continues to power the range. It generates 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque in the UX 200. In the hybrid model, a 2.0-liter engine gets electric assistance and produces 181 total system horsepower. As you can tell, neither powertrain is possessed with the numbers to challenge its German rivals.
While the UX remains a smart and desirable SUV, it would've been nice to see Lexus go a step further with this facelift. For example, the turbocharged engine in the NX produces 235 hp and would provide the UX with the kind of performance to take on rivals like the BMW X1. Then again, this is likely a strategic decision by Lexus to help keep the UX's price below that of the NX.
Speaking of price, the 2022 Lexus UX begins at $33,000 for the base UX 200, which is exactly the same as the 2021 model. This increases to $38,040 for the UX 200 Luxury. The UX 250h costs $35,200 in base form or $40,240 for the luxury variant.