Lexus SUVs Discover the Lexus SUV range and compare new, used and leasing deals

Traditionally, Lexus is probably more famous for its big, luxurious saloon cars than anything else, but like with so many car companies, it’s all about SUVs these days. Such is the popularity of the crossover soft-roader that new offerings are hitting the market all the time to tempt buyers into parting with their hard-earned, and at last count, Lexus - Toyota’s luxury brand - offered a good range of models of various shapes, sizes and types. In this guide, we’ll take you through Lexus’ entire range of SUVs and give you the lowdown on each member.

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Lexus SUV models: current range

Whether you’re looking for a petrol-electric hybrid, a plug-in hybrid or a fully electric car, Lexus has an SUV for you.

Lexus LBX

The Lexus LBX is Lexus’ entry-level SUV, but just because it’s smaller and more affordable than the rest of the range, doesn’t mean it’s any less luxurious. It’s about the same size as an Audi Q2, but feels much more posh inside than that car. Taller drivers might find there’s not much room for their legs, but it’s not as tight inside as you might expect, especially for those in the back seats. That said, the boot is really small, so it’s not the best option if you regularly carry loads of luggage. The petrol-electric hybrid engine is similar to the one found in the Toyota Yaris Cross, so it’s really efficient and means running costs are very low.

Lexus UX

The Lexus UX is a small SUV in a similar mould to cars like the BMW X1, but the major point of difference with the Lexus is that, like all the firm’s other combustion-engined cars, the UX250h is a hybrid. It teams a 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor to develop 181bhp, but despite that impressive number, performance doesn’t feel all that strong. It’s a fairly stable and comfortable car to drive, if rather uninspiring, and while the interior is pleasant, it’s let down by disappointing practicality and a poor infotainment system.

Lexus UX 300e

Nope, you’re not having deja vu: we are indeed talking about the UX again. This time, though, it’s the Lexus UX300e, which is the all-electric version of the car. There’s no getting away from it, early examples of the car were disappointing, with the same limited practicality and poor infotainment as the hybrid model, plus they also had a limited range of just 196 miles according to official figures. However, the 2023 facelift brought a much bigger battery to the UX300e, cranking the range up to 279 miles and instantly making the car more competitive and more compelling. No prizes for guessing it delivers a similar driving experience to the UX hybrid, with a comfortable, relaxed, easy-going character, but the all-electric powertrain also means superior refinement.

Lexus NX

There’s quite a big jump up the size scale from the UX to the Lexus NX: it’s a considerably bigger car, and so happily corrects those practicality issues, and it’s as good in that regard as cars such as the Audi Q5 or BMW X3. It also has a plush, well built and solidly made cabin, and each of the various trim levels comes stuffed with standard luxury equipment. There are three versions to choose from, all with a 2.5-litre petrol engine and some level of hybrid assistance - front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and a plug-in hybrid model that do up to 47 miles on electric power alone. They will be very quiet miles, too, which complements the NX’s comfortable, chilled-out character on the road.

Lexus RX

On to the big boy in Lexus’ SUV range, the RX. This car is similar in size to the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. However, while all those cars can be had with seven seats, the Lexus only comes with five, and its boot is a good bit smaller than the rest, too. What it lacks in practicality, though, it makes up for in interesting design and generous equipment levels. The cabin is also really well made and delivers the plush feel it should. There are three versions to choose from: both the RX 350h self-charging hybrid and the RX 450h+ plug-in hybrid use the 2.5-litre petrol engine and are capable of running around on electric power alone, while the RX 500h is a performance-focused self-charging hybrid that uses its combination of electric motors and a turbocharged 2.4-litre engine to deliver 371HP and power from 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds.

Lexus RZ

The Lexus RZ is the brand's flagship electric SUV, and you don’t have to look too hard to notice some resemblance to the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra. That’s because the three cars are all very similar underneath. However, while the interiors of the Toyota and Subaru are virtually indistinguishable from one another, the Lexus version gets its own treatment. The layout is more conventional, which helps ergonomically, and importantly in a premium product, the design is sharper and the materials are plusher. Practicality levels are good, with ridiculously generous rear legroom, decent headroom and a generous boot. The RZ uses the same, dual-motor, four-wheel drive powertrain as its sister cars, and with 309bhp, it’s no slouch, and has an official range of 272 miles. Although this is a car set up to be comfortable on the road, rather than thrilling.

Lexus SUV FAQs

There are never any guarantees in this area, but if any SUV is going to be reliable, you can be confident that a Lexus will be. Toyota's luxury brand is ever-present at - or near - the top of the rankings of any reliability survey, so it’s carved itself out a well-deserved reputation for mechanical dependability. A new Lexus comes with a brilliant warranty package, too. It’s a similar three-year, 60,000-mile agreement to the one that most other manufacturers give you, but the difference is that every time you have your car serviced according to schedule at a main dealer, your warranty is extended by another year/10,000 miles, up to a maximum of ten years, or 100,000 miles.
No. The flagship RX SUV isn’t currently offered with seven seats. The Lexus LM people carrier is available though.
Lexus has two electric SUVs. The UX 300e is the smaller of the two, and although fully electric, its mechanicals are based on those of a hybrid, so it wasn’t awfully good as a result. The Lexus RZ, meanwhile, is the company's first electric SUV that’s built from the ground up as an EV, and it’s much better as a result. 
The most affordable Lexus SUV is the LBX, which starts at just under £30,000. The most expensive one is the 500h F Sport version of the Lexus RX. That’ll set you back just over £77,000. 
The Lexus RX is the biggest SUV made by the Japanese company. 
The smallest Lexus SUV is the LBX. It’s good for urban commuters, but it does limit practicality, so family car buyers should be mindful of this. 
Many buyers like the Lexus NX for its size. It delivers the practicality you need in a family car, yet it’s not huge, so it’s less cumbersome on the road and more affordable. If you don’t need the space, the Lexus LBX is great value because it’s the least-expensive model in the range but still feels posh inside.