Refined, Luxurious, Practical – Lexus UX 250h

Many anxious seniors have a choice to make.  Diplomas hot in hands, they need to decide where they’ll lay their heads for the next four years to gain that ever-needed knowledge to propel them into the next phase of life.  Maybe college isn’t in the cards, picking one of hundreds of skills-based jobs is a task as well.  Electrician, welder, carpenter, etc.  are all jobs needing to be filled with skilled labor, just ask Mike Rowe.  Military service calls to many with its financial incentives and stability.

Choices.  Seems like they’re endless.  Well, the same applies to someone shopping for an SUV these days.  The notable shift from sedans to SUVs, CUVs and the like make for a formidable task when narrowing down the choices.  Depending on need, a luxury SUV or CUV might just be in the cards.  As new empty-nesters, we’re ready for some luxury in our lives so the Lexus UX 250h is on the list of possibilities.

Not needing to carry kit-and-kaboodle anymore, many lives have opened the door to the smaller style CUV that has a car-like feel but has room for some golf clubs and luggage for a long weekend away, finally!  Lexus has joined in with their smaller offering, the UX 250h and F Sport CUVs.


Bred with Lexus classic luxury, the UX checks the boxes on many lists.  A 2.0 Liter four-cylinder hybrid engine lends 181 horsepower to a responsive driving system where controls are comfortably at hand.  Interior styling cues give any empty-nester a wide smile, not just because there is room for a gym at the house now, but because Lexus remembers that its loyal following likes to be pampered.  As a current Lexus owner I can appreciate the leather, large 10.3 inch multimedia display and 8-speaker premium sound system of the UX 250h.  Now that I’m listening to MY music instead of The Wiggles Soundtrack or KIDZ BOP, a good stereo is appreciated.

With more than a trip to Chuck E. Cheese in my sights, navigation is a breeze as we plan the now adult adventure.  Happy to have the Lexus Safety System 2.0 aboard, it includes a Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection, cruise control, Lane Tracing Assist, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Intelligent High Beam headlamps along with Road Sign Assist.

Should we decide on a vacation with friends, the rear vents will keep them happy in addition to the dual climate control. That extra space in the cargo area (21.7 cu. ft.) will come in handy without making the vehicle seem too large and bulky.  Spry is a word that I might use to describe the UX.  Poised and ready for what’s next while cradling you in the lap of luxury.


The UX 250h adds an F SPORT package that upgrades the driver’s seat to a 10-way power and 2-way lumbar and also an 8-way passenger seat.  Seats are upgraded to F SPORT seats and steering wheel with paddle shifters and shift knob.  Wheel style changes but not the 18 inches of road gripping.

A 41/38/39 highway/city/combined fuel economy helps that retirement check go further too.  Regenerative braking in the hybrid helps chart these numbers.  Definitely a factor when shopping this category, consider this practical Lexus.


Making choices will always come at a cost.  The MSRP starting price of $39,200 ($41,750 as driven) keeps it in the running especially in the “luxury” category.

This choice could be a simple one…unlike a career.

Let’s leave that to the youngsters now.

*Cars provided by Lexus to the Texas Auto Writers Association.  Opinions are my own.*

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