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in Upscale Small Cars

MSRP: $32,050 - $32,050
Invoice: $30,417 - $30,417
MPG: 43 City / 40 Hwy
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Lexus CT Hybrid Interior

Some critics say that the interior of the 2014 Lexus CT Hybrid is not as luxurious as in other Lexus models, though most report that the materials and design are very good for an upscale small car. Some elements of the CT Hybrid’s interior let reviewers down, including the frustrating Remote Touch infotainment controller, a cargo area that’s small for a hatchback and a cramped rear seat.

  • "If you were expecting the passenger cabin of the 2014 Lexus CT 200h to be done up in the same lavish soft leather and gleaming wood found in the luxury brand's other models, well, you'll be disappointed. That said, the interior does have a classy look and the soft-touch materials -- even the standard premium vinyl upholstery -- are entirely suitable for this class of car." -- Edmunds
  • "We've poked and prodded everything the CT's cabin has to offer, and we can report that the quality of the materials is outstanding for this price point. The crisp electroluminescent gauges exude a similarly premium attitude." -- AutoTrader
  • "Though snug, the CT 200h cabin does not scrimp on materials or features." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior ambiance is appropriately premium, with the available two-tone color combinations and metal trim lending visual interest." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Seating

The 2014 Lexus CT Hybrid seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Available features include leather upholstery and heated front seats. Automotive journalists say the CT Hybrid’s front seats are roomy and supportive, but the back seats are unusually small, even for children.

  • "Because the CT 200h is a Lexus, it's easy to forget that it's roughly the size of a Ford Focus, with similarly cramped rear quarters. If a 6-footer's behind the wheel, it'll be tough to squeeze an adult in back with any semblance of comfort." -- AutoTrader
  • "The front seats are well bolstered and supportive." -- Edmunds
  • "Our test car's all-black interior made an already tight cabin feel even more confining, but I had plenty of headroom and legroom when driving alone. After I put my kids in the backseat, however, I had to move my seat up farther than I was comfortable with to give them room." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "The form-fitting front bucket seats are generously bolstered for lateral support." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The 2014 CT Hybrid comes with a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, push-button start, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, a USB/iPod port and Bluetooth phone and music streaming. Available features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a 10-speaker stereo system and a redesigned navigation system with Lexus’ Remote Touch infotainment interface, which operates similarly to a computer mouse.

Reviewers say the CT Hybrid has nicely lit gauges that are easy to read, and controls that are easy to use. Automotive journalists add that the optional infotainment/navigation system has a large, centrally located screen, but they complain that the mouse-like Remote Touch controller is too touchy, making it difficult to change the system’s settings when you’re on the move.

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  • "Generally speaking, gauges and controls are easy to see and operate. When you opt for the Display Audio or Navigation package, you get the Lexus Remote Touch system, a mouselike device that controls a cursor on a large centrally located screen. Although interacting with this interface is very similar to using a computer mouse, the ultra-sensitive nature of the controller can make it clumsy and distracting to use while driving." -- Edmunds
  • "Attractive and brightly lit gauges are complemented by a prominent 8-inch LCD multifunction display and sensuously curved, billet-like console shifter." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The Lexus CT Hybrid has 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its 60/40-split-folding rear seats, which is good for an upscale small car, but not great for a hatchback. Critics say the CT Hybrid’s high cargo floor restricts the height of items you can put in the cargo area. Test drivers also mention that the cabin lacks storage spaces, and that the glove box and door bins are fairly small.

  • "Storage space for small everyday items is limited to a smallish glovebox and front door map pockets. Behind its rear seats, the CT 200h has 14.3 cubic feet of luggage space, which is small by normal hatchback standards." -- Edmunds
  • "The squared-off hatchback body style makes for a useful cargo area, but a high floor, which sits level with the top of the rear bumper, limits the height of objects that will fit." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Even though the back seat is a bit cramped, we like that there is some functional space in the CT 200h. However, it's not as great of a family trawler as something like the Audi A3 TDI - mostly because cargo volume is limited at 14.3 cubic feet." -- Chicago Tribune (2013)
  • "The added utility of the hatch and folding rear seats definitely sets the CT apart from the ILX: The hybrid sedan has only 10 cubic feet of trunk space." -- Cars.com (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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