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in 2011 Upscale Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $20,208 - $20,798
Original MSRP: $29,120 - $30,900
MPG: 43 City / 40 Hwy

2011 Lexus CT Hybrid Interior

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The interior of the 2011 Lexus CT 200h receives praise from most of the automotive press for its good build quality. However, some reviewers question the interior design. They say it looks like it was constructed with little thought. Reviewers tend to agree that the seats are comfortable.

  • "We've never been particularly fond of Lexus' choice of layout and materials for its center stack, however, and little has changed with the CT 200h. For some reason, their choices have somehow always come across as 'less-than' when compared to the equivalent Germans." -- Autoblog
  • “Prius drivers might consider the CT200h a downgrade in both utility and economy. The Lexus is five inches shorter in length than America's favorite left-lane plugger, and that translates to dramatically reduced rear-seat and trunk room." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "The car’s interior is nicely appointed, although we don’t care for the standard NuLuxe faux-leather upholstery." -- Car and Driver
  • "The overall design of the dash is unconventional and brings to mind the cockpit of a jet airliner, but it looks as though Lexus has simply dropped in parts wherever they fit with little thought to aesthetics." -- Motor Trend

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Seating

Almost all reviewers give praise to the front seats of the Lexus CT 200h. They like the positioning of the seats. Some dislike the standard NuLuxe faux-leather upholstery. The optional leather seats may be the preferred choice.

  • "The interior can be trimmed with either a new, polyurethane-based NuLuxe, which comes standard, or with optional leather. The former is a softer and, according to Lexus, greener alternative to vinyl, but we think other manufacturers' synthetic leather looks, feels, and breathes better." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "As is the norm in this size class; rear-seat space is tight for six-footers." -- Car and Driver
  • "The seats are simultaneously comfortable and sporty, while the low H-point, shallow steering wheel angle, well-positioned pedals, and low hood create a very sporty driving position." -- Motor Trend
  • "Drivers will appreciate the CT200h's low seating position, rakish steering angle, and fat steering wheel, all of which are decidedly un-Prius-like." -- Popular Mechanics

Interior Features

Reviewers appreciate the features available in the CT 200h. Of note, Lexus offers a holder for your mobile phone or music player, which keeps the device close to a power point and the driver for ease of use. This arrangement has received positive reviews.

Another feature reviewers like is the gauge cluster, which can switch from a power-flow meter to a tachometer when the CT 200h is placed in Sport mode.

  • "The normal cadre of redundant switches for volume, channel and phone functions are easy to read and manipulate, as is the center-mounted climate control stack." -- Autoblog
  • “The controls are cleanly laid out, and amenities such as dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio, and pushbutton start are standard." -- Car and Driver
  • "A clever device holder plugs into the dash near the power and stereo input ports and adjusts to hold everything from an iPod Nano to a Droid X." -- Motor Trend
  • "That gearshift lever, by the way, is another source of complaint. While it’s better mounted than in the HS250h, where it can jam the knee of a long-legged driver, the design is still too awkwardly minivan-like." -- The Detroit Bureau

Cargo

The Lexus CT 200h offers 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up. 

  • "The nickel-metal-hydride battery pack is mounted high in the trunk, compromising storage space, but the rear seats fold easily (even with the front chairs pushed all the way back), making the best of the space available." -- Automobile Magazine