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Lexus CT 200h

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 leaves a lot to be desired and ultimately, doesn't really live up to expectations. The good news: It gets an impressive 40 mpg overall. But if you expect a Lexus experience in a small package, chances are you'll be disappointed.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2012 Lexus CT 200h has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Climate System
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Lexus CT 200h owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"actually its the 12v battery that keeps the lights on, controls the auto theft. when we go away for 2 or more weeks. the battery dies. we've had it replaced twice under warranty."

Kasha W., FL (2012 Lexus CT 200h 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The anti theft system leaks the starter battery every year. We are on a 3rd battery since we have owned the vehicle [3 years!!]"

Kasha W., FL (2012 Lexus CT 200h 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"You cannot access the 'driving' battery in this car. I'm not sure it even has one. IF the battery dies (as it has two or three times when an interior light was left on by mistake), you can jump start the car using the under-hood positive and negative connections, but as soon as those receive power, the car's alarm goes off because you're trying to start the car while the hood is open. It thinks you're trying to hotwire it. It's frustrating! There is a work-around that Lexus taught us, but it's not intuitive."

Maxwell A., CA (2012 Lexus CT 200h 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Cruise control

"Non functional 80% of the time. Dealer analyzed briefly but was unable, said it was intermittent and therefore irresolvable"

Richard V., CA (2012 Lexus CT 200h Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Headlights

"One headlight went out. This was due to a system failure that resulted in a recall and repair of the underlying problem."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Lexus CT 200h Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the headlights keep going out! can't drive at night when this happens."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Lexus CT 200h 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The auto high-beam dimming system has never worked properly. It's been checked out by the Lexus dealer and they can't find the fault. The car was purchased used and it doesn't make sense to me financially to pay to have this fixed since I can dim the high beams myself for free..."

Maxwell A., CA (2012 Lexus CT 200h 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Passenger side low beam bulb burned out. Replaced on our own."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Lexus CT 200h Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Electrical relay failure disabled headlights. Fixed under warranty. Took 1 hours to diagnose, 3-days to order part, 1.5 hours to fix. Fixed at no cost"

Stephen M., ON (2012 Lexus CT 200h F Sport 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Heated or cooled seats

"After owning the car for 3 years, the drivers side seat heater malfunctioned resulting in needing to replace the entire seat heating element to the cost of $1,500. This was very disappointing as we don't really use the seat heater that often and the car only has 46k miles on it. It was way to soon for this item to fail."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Lexus CT 200h F Sport 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Drain plugs behind engine were clogged, forcing water into the passenger department, underneath carpets, rotting electrical and audio components ($1000+ repair). Dealer indicated this is a common problem .. don't understand why Lexus scheduled service doesn't include cleaning out these drain holes. Also, the passenger compartment is extremely noisy"

Terry H., MO (2012 Lexus CT 200h Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaks or rattles

"There are rattling sounds from the dash and driver's side door panel area"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Lexus CT 200h Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The fan which blows air throughout the cabin makes a slight squeaking noise while the car is stationary. When the car begins to accelerate the squeaking noise gets louder for just a few seconds. After the car is sufficiently moving the squeak is no longer noticeable likely because road noise drowns it out"

Matt P., GA (2012 Lexus CT 200h Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There is a loud groan from the brakes if I have to brake quickly. Most of the time the groaning sound comes after the car has just been turned off. We have taken the care to the service center several times and they can not find any problems."

Ladonna B., SC (2012 Lexus CT 200h 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"When opening driver side door it makes a popping and grinding noise. Coming from a metal tracking arm on the door. Dealer can not fix noise without changing several parts which is pricey. Decided to live with noise"

Jay C., TN (2012 Lexus CT 200h Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It's basically a corolla/prius what do you expect"

Lenora A., GA (2012 Lexus CT 200h Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Interior rattle sounds from passenger airbag and interior, front door panels near window controls. Issue is covered under CPO warranty, but has yet to be resolved"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Lexus CT 200h Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wind noise

"Passenger compartment excessively noisy ... very poor sound/wind insulation"

Terry H., MO (2012 Lexus CT 200h Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This is a noisy car. There are wind noises coming from the windows and you can definitely hear the surrounding traffic."

Ladonna B., SC (2012 Lexus CT 200h 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"loud when driving on the freeway"

Anonymous, ID (2012 Lexus CT 200h Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"It just stopped working. We took it in, new player had to be ordered, we took it back for replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Lexus CT 200h 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"I like the car a lot, but it makes the electronic devices too confusing."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Lexus CT 200h Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

"The DVD player is way too complicated for me to use."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Lexus CT 200h Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Voice control commands

"The cabin is noisy and the voice commands are not understanding me even if I tell into the microphone. Very sporadic system"

Kasha W., FL (2012 Lexus CT 200h 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"There is no blind spot warning, at least one that is not too complex to use."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Lexus CT 200h Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The safety systems became very complicated to use. Since I have not had accidents, the complexity of the systems incentivized me to drive my car the old fashioned way."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Lexus CT 200h Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Keyless won't detect key fob"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Lexus CT 200h Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The bumper I’d held on by one small cheap plastic fastener. Is has dislodged once and required replacement of a new bumper for 3000$ and now it has happened again. Cheap shoddy disastrous in a lexus. And infuriating"

A K., NJ (2012 Lexus CT 200h Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The weather stripping on drive door is loose"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Lexus CT 200h Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Had to have both rear struts replaced. Mechanic said this was common in this model"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Lexus CT 200h Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear strut leak, replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Lexus CT 200h Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Door hinge on drivers side was binding. Lexus replaced it in a timely manner"

Mike R., FL (2012 Lexus CT 200h Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Hybrid/electric battery replacement

"rubber gasket in left rear wheel well apparently degraded & water got in shorted battey pack"

Robert G., FL (2012 Lexus CT 200h Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Traction control

"The stability traction control renders the car immobile in the snow. This can cause a serious hazard. The manual does not tell you how to disengage it and there is no button to disengage it. This almost resulted in my daughter be hit because the car"

Eric J., UT (2012 Lexus CT 200h F Sport 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"Oil leak discovered at 75000 mile inspection. Returned to Lexus dealer for evaluation, all repairs covered as ca pr was ONE DAY still under warranty!"

Barbara D., PA (2012 Lexus CT 200h Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Was a massive oil leak was fixed after haggling with dealer"

Lenora A., GA (2012 Lexus CT 200h Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
AIR BAGS
Jun 30, 2016
If either portion of the curtain shield air bag inflator ejects into the passenger cabin, there is an increased risk of injury to vehicle occupants.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Toyota Prius, 2010 and 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, and 2011-2012 Lexus CT200h vehicles. A weld in the curtain shield air bag inflator may crack causing one or both portions of the inflator to eject into the passenger cabin.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install retention brackets to the curtain shield air bags, free of charge. The recall began on October 17, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota Customer Service Department at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is Toyota G0U, and Lexus GLJ.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V487000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 482002
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