in 2013 Upscale Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $26,630 - $26,630
Original MSRP: $32,050 - $32,050
MPG: 43 City / 40 Hwy

Used Car: 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid Review

Review Last Updated: 5/12/15

The 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid gets great fuel economy, but test drivers were critical of its underpowered engine and lackluster cabin materials.

The 2013 CT 200h is powered by a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors paired with an automatic transmission. The CT 200h comes with four selectable driving modes: Normal, Eco, EV and Sport. Test drivers reported that the CT 200h’s engine is underpowered and acceleration is sluggish, especially when the car is in Eco mode. The EPA estimates that the 2013 CT Hybrid averages 43/40 mpg city/highway, which is better than most hybrid rivals get and very good for the class overall. Some test drivers thought the CT Hybrid has sporty handling and rides comfortably, but others commented that the sport-oriented suspension simply makes the ride feel stiff. They noted that putting the car in Sport mode sharpens the steering response. Test drivers said that the Lexus CT 200h’s regenerative brakes can be sensitive, which is a common complaint of hybrids.

Several reviewers were disappointed in the quality of the 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid’s cabin materials, considering it is an upscale car. Most test drivers said that the CT 200h has comfortable front seats, but some noted that there may not be sufficient space for taller drivers. As is common for the class, many critics found the rear seats cramped for adults. Standard features include push-button start, leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, satellite radio, a USB port and Bluetooth. Adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, heated front seats and navigation with Lexus’ Remote Touch controller are available. Critics disliked that it is difficult to make audio adjustments on models fitted with Remote Touch and navigation. The Lexus CT 200h has 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, which is good for the class overall, and the rear seats fold down to increase luggage capacity, which reviewers found useful.

See 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid specs »

Other Cars to Consider

The 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid gets great fuel economy for the class, and reviewers said it has top-notch cabin build quality. Test drivers liked that the ILX Hybrid’s navigation system does not interfere with adjusting the audio system.

The 2013 Audi A3 is available with a diesel engine that helps it very good fuel economy for the class. Reviewers said the A3 has first-rate cabin materials, and it has more cargo space than the CT Hybrid.

Compare the CT Hybrid, ILX Hybrid and A3 »