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This small hatchback has excellent fuel economy, but its refinement isn't up to the Lexus standard. A recent freshening brought styling updates and mechanical tweaks that resulted in claimed improvements to ride comfort and noise levels, two areas we found to be problematic in our testing. Using the same powertrain as the previous-generation Prius, the CT's 40 mpg is 4 mpg less than the roomier Toyota's. The CT can drive solely on electric power at low speed. Handling is responsive and secure, but the ride is stiff and choppy. The cabin is well-assembled, with quality materials. But the rear seats are tight, cargo capacity is modest, and the view out back is limited. Reliability has been outstanding.

Road Test

No question, there is a need out there for a plusher Toyota Prius, combining fuel economy and versatility with added luxury. The Lexus CT 200h tries to take the mantle but it leaves a lot to be desired. It doesn't really live up to expectations.The g...

Highs

  • Impressive fuel economy at 40 mpg
  • Extremely reliable

Lows

  • Lacks the refinement and luxury you expect from Lexus
  • Cramped and noisy interior

Best Version to Get

Stick with the regular CT 200h. The optional backup camera is an essential. We'd also add the Premium package (heated seats, power passenger seat, HomeLink garage door capability, rain-sensing wipers). Adding navigation or real leather seats, unfortunately, forces you to get the Display Audi...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 hybrid (134 hp)

Ratings

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Comfort / Convenience
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