Great fuel economy; handy hatchback; decent chassis; high-quality interior; quiet at speed; supportive front seats
Dull acceleration; cramped back seat; restricted cargo space
The grille receives a chromed surround, and a moonroof joins the options list. The subscription-only Lexus Enform Remote and Service Connect systems have also become available. See the 2016 Lexus CT 200h models for sale near you
The basic CT 200h comes well stocked for the money. The F SPORT package isn't worth the extra cost. It would be nice to have a rearview camera, but with the advent of smartphone apps, the navigation option may not be so vital. Find a Lexus CT 200h for sale
The 2016 Lexus CT 200h comes in base and F SPORT trim levels.
The base trim ($32,200) starts with 17-inch alloy wheels, synthetic leather upholstery, a sunroof, keyless entry/ignition, heated mirrors with puddle lamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10-way power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support, a 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat, electroluminescent gauges with a hybrid status monitor, a trip computer, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free voice controls for Apple devices and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio and iPod/USB connectivity.
The F SPORT ($33,930) adds 17-in wheels, F SPORT exterior trim treatment (including a mesh grille, blacked-out roof and rear spoiler), a sport-tuned suspension, black headliner, aluminum pedals, silver dashboard trim and an F SPORT steering wheel.
For the most part, options are grouped into packages. The Premium package adds rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, a power passenger seat, a universal garage-door opener, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a 10-speaker audio system. The Luxury package brings perforated leather upholstery, driver's-seat memory functions and auto-dimming exterior mirrors (with automatic tilt-down capability when selecting the reverse gear).
The Navigation package requires the Premium package and brings a navigation system with a 7-in display, the Remote Touch interface, Lexus Enform mobile app integration (including Facebook, Pandora and Yelp), advanced voice recognition and a rearview camera. The Display Audio package is a cheaper version of this bundle for those who can live without navigation.
Individual options include low-beam LED headlights, a moonroof and parking sensors at both ends.
By placing the battery pack 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 seats down opens up a maximum of 34.8 cu ft. Still, the option to split and fold those seats helps make a reasonable case for practicality.
|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|
2016 Toyota Prius -- A new generation debuts for this model year that sips fuel to the tune of 54 mpg city/50 mpg hwy.
2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron -- Also new for 2016, this is a premium plug-in hybrid. With 17 miles of electric-only range, it achieves the equivalent of 86 mpg in mixed driving -- but, of course, it's more expensive.
2016 Honda CR-Z -- 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 cool interior.
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid -- This is another newcomer for 2016, and it's about time Toyota made a hybrid version of its popular compact crossover. It returns 31 mpg city/34 mpg hwy but has more space than the CT.
2016 BMW 328d Wagon -- It's not a hybrid, but it drives superbly, offers plenty of space for people and things (maximum cargo space is 53 cu ft.) and achieves 36 combined mpg with its diesel-powered engine (with rear-wheel drive).
Used Lexus ES 300h -- The Camry-based ES hybrid doesn't have the CT's hatchback versatility, but it compensates with superior acceleration and a plusher interior.