Great fuel economy; handy hatchback; high-quality interior; quiet at speed; supportive front seats
Leisurely acceleration; cramped back seat; firm ride; not that sporty
The CT 200h gets a few notable exterior changes, including a shark-fin antenna, LED running lights and a new front fascia with the signature Lexus spindle grille. The F SPORT model also receives a contrasting black roof and a more aggressive spoiler. Inside, the Remote Touch Interface infotainment system upgrades to next-generation software and hardware, while the sun visors now slide for better sun protection.
The 2014 Lexus CT 200h is offered in two trim levels: base and F SPORT.
The base CT 200h ($32,945) starts with 17-inch alloy wheels, Nuluxe synthetic leather upholstery that's supposedly manufactured in an environmentally friendly fashion, a power driver seat with adjustable lumbar support, a manual passenger seat, electroluminescent gauges with a hybrid status monitor, a trip computer, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and a 6-speaker audio system with iPod/USB connectivity.
The F SPORT ($34,125) adds unique 17-in wheels, exterior trim (including a mesh grille, a blacked-out roof and a rear spoiler), a sport-tuned suspension, a black headliner, aluminum pedals, silver dashboard trim and an F SPORT steering wheel. Note that the F SPORT with Leather model is essentially an F SPORT with the Premium and Luxury packages (see below).
Options on the CT are mainly grouped into packages. The Premium package adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, a power passenger seat and a universal garage door opener. The Luxury package adds perforated leather upholstery, driver memory functions and auto-dimming exterior mirrors (with automatic reverse tilt-down).
The Navigation package brings a navigation system with a 7-in display, the mouselike Remote Touch interface, Lexus Enform mobile-app integration (including Facebook, Pandora and Yelp), advanced voice recognition, a backup camera and a 10-speaker premium audio system. The Display Audio package is a cheaper version of this bundle for those who can live without navigation.
A la carte options include LED headlights, a self-parking system and adaptive cruise control with radar-based collision mitigation.
Thanks in part to the battery pack located beneath the load floor, the CT 200h doesn't have much in the way of cargo capacity. Trunk space measures just 14.3 cu ft, which is tiny for a hatchback, while folding the rear seat backs down opens up a maximum of 32.3 cu ft. Still, the option to fold those seat backs makes the CT 200h handier than any sedan if you're on hauling duty.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
Toyota Prius -- Equipped with the same powertrain as the CT, the cheaper, more spacious Prius is a natural reference point.
Volkswagen Golf TDI -- Whether you get the Mk6 2014 Golf or the redesigned Mk7 2015 Golf, the TDI version delivers great fuel economy along with torque-rich driving performance.
Honda CR-Z -- Maybe we're reaching here, but the CR-Z could be an interesting alternative if you don't care about having a back seat. Its hybrid-powered fuel economy isn't quite as awesome as the CT's, but the 2-seat CR-Z makes up for it with sportier handling and a pretty cool interior of its own.
We'd want the Navigation package in our CT 200h, but we could definitely do without the Leather and F SPORT packages. The CT 200h with Navigation is a good middle-ground option. Find a Lexus CT 200h for sale