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Lexus CT Hybrid Review

The 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid ranks 13 out of 14 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Lexus CT Hybrid, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Test drivers find that the 2015 Lexus CT 200h has inadequate acceleration and technology features that can be hard to use, but its fuel economy is outstanding. 

With a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, critics report that the Lexus CT Hybrid is slow to accelerate and underpowered for passing. They also say that its standard automatic transmission isn't particularly responsive. The EPA estimates that the CT Hybrid gets 43/40 mpg city/highway, which is exceptional for the class. Test drivers find that the CT Hybrid has controlled handling and accurate steering. Auto writers also think the CT Hybrid has a comfortable ride, but some note that models with the F Sport package ride more firmly. The CT 200h also disappoints some reviewers with its vague brake pedal feel.

A number of automotive writers say that the cabin materials in the 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid are top-notch, but others report that they don't meet the standards expected of a Lexus. The CT 200h's front seats are comfortable, according to reviewers, but they say the rear seat would benefit from additional legroom. The CT 200h has more cargo space than many rivals, and comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a moonroof, satellite radio, a USB port and Bluetooth. Available features include front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, a rearview camera, a 10-speaker stereo system, adaptive cruise control, Lexus’ Remote Touch infotainment system, navigation and Siri Eyes Free mode, which lets you access contacts, get turn-by-turn directions and select music from iTunes with voice commands. Some automotive journalists think the Remote Touch infotainment system is unique and intuitive, although others note that its controller can be difficult to operate while driving.

  • "The CT 200h hatchback is a hybrid luxury compact that offers relatively sporty driving dynamics, excellent fuel economy and a comfortable cabin." -- Left Lane News
  • "While the CT 200h doesn't offer the same fuel economy as a Prius, it has already established itself as a fuel-efficiency leader in the luxury class against competitors like the Audi A3 diesel and Cadillac ELR." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although the 2014 Lexus CT 200h has some appealing qualities, we suspect most people shopping in this price range will ultimately prefer something a little quicker." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "But as long as you don't care about track-ready reflexes or swift acceleration, the CT could very well hit the spot. It has stellar interior quality along with hatchback versatility, and although 43 miles per gallon in the city isn't Prius-perfect, it's nothing to sneeze at either." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Unless you place top priority on the Lexus badge and the privileges of ownership that entails, you would be better served with the thriftier, more practical, mechanically similar Toyota Prius." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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The BMW i3 has strong acceleration and fun driving dynamics for an electric vehicle, according to reviewers. A gasoline engine is also available that nearly doubles the i3’s range on a fully charged battery, according to BMW. Critics add that the i3 has comfortable, spacious seats.

Auto writers think the all-electric Nissan Leaf has controlled handling and a roomy interior with plenty of rear-seat space. They also add that the Leaf accelerates quickly from a stop, and has a quiet, comfortable ride.

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Details: 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid

The 2015 Lexus CT 200h is a five-seat, front-wheel drive hatchback. It comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, which are mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CT Hybrid comes in one trim, but several different option packages are available. The Lexus CT 200h hasn’t been fully redesigned since its debut for the 2011 model year. Since it sees no major changes this year, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 4/29/15

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