An upscale sporty hybrid with Lexus-levels of reliability seems like a great idea.
Though not a bad vehicle, the CT 200h doesn't live up to the promise, falling short of the Lexus standard for refinement.
Powered by the same 134-hp, four-cylinder hybrid powertrain as the contemporary Prius, the CT gets 40 mpg overall.
While commendable, that's four mpg less than the roomier Toyota, while delivering similarly leisurely acceleration.
Handling is responsive enough, but the ride is stiff and choppy.
The cabin is cramped and admits too much engine and road noise.
Tight rear seats, limited hatchback cargo capacity, and an impeded rear view don't help.
The interior has some nice touches, but falls short of being truly luxurious.