2012 Lexus CT 200h

If you’ve decided your next vehicle will be a hybrid but you don’t want one that stands out like the Prius – and also wouldn’t mind increased luxury and fun-to-drive quotient – the 2012 Lexus CT 200h could be the one for you.

The CT 200h is Lexus’s fifth hybrid offering – the most of any automobile nameplate – and with a combined city-highway mileage of 42 mpg, it is the only vehicle in the luxury segment to top 40 mpg. Since coming on the market last year, while decidedly below the kingpin Prius in sales numbers, it has otherwise ranked relatively well.

Classified as a compact car, the CT (Compact Tourer) is the smallest Lexus at 170.1 inches long, 69.5 inches wide, and 56.7 inches tall. It is built on a version of the platform that also underpins the Scion tC, Toyota Corolla and the larger Lexus HS 250h.

Using the HS 250h’s rear double A-arms, the suspension has been retuned for sportier handling and features a Yamaha front and rear damping system that stiffens the structure and minimizes body vibration.

New For 2012

For 2012 the CT200h is available with two new option packages for the top-end Premium trim: the F-Sport Package and the F-Sport Special Edition. The F-Sport Package includes a tuned suspension, 17-inch wheels, an exclusive mesh grille, larger rear deck spoiler and F-Sport badging. Inside, extra touches include aluminum sport pedals, a leather-trimmed shift knob, metallic trim added to the dash panel and a black headliner.

The F-Sport Special Edition includes the F-Sport Package’s upgrades but with different wheels, Ocean Blue NuLuxe leatherette-trimmed seats, and a TUMI duffle bag and backpack with F-Sport logos. The F-Sport Special Edition production is limited to 900 cars.

2012 Lexus CT 200h

Pricing for the CT 200h is unchanged for 2012.

Also new for 2012, all CT 200h models receive an audible pedestrian warning system. As federal regulators study warning sound devices eventually to be made mandatory for electric and hybrid vehicles, Lexus is doing what others are as well and bringing in its version early.

The warning system is designed to help make pedestrians to be aware of the presence of hybrid or electric vehicles traveling at low speeds on city streets and automatically turns off above a certain speed.

Pricing for the 2012 CT 200h is unchanged from 2011: $29,120 for the base model, $31,250 for the premium trim.

Under The Hood

The CT 200h is powered by a version of the Prius powertrain with an efficient Atkinson cycle 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 98 horsepower and 105 pounds-feet of torque. Combined with an 80-hp electric motor, a generator and a 202-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack, the series and parallel hybrid system produces a total of 134 hp. A continuously variable transmission (CVT), the only transmission available, directs the push to the front wheels.

Fuel Economy Or Fun?

The CT’s hybrid system features four driving modes: EV, Eco, Normal and Sport. EV mode allows drivers to go all electric for up to a mile – as long as the car is kept below 25 mph on flat paved surfaces (think parking lots). Normal mode brings the CVT into play, allowing the car to respond to changing driving conditions by instantaneously adjusting its gear ratios. Eco mode alters that formula to provide maximized fuel economy for gas-electric driving – slowing cabin cooling, limiting throttle and accelerating battery charging. The Eco mode is where drivers are most likely to achieve the government’s estimated 43 mpg city and 40 mpg highway fuel mileage.

2012 Lexus CT 200h

Eco mode offers maximum fuel economy.

The “touring” personality of the car is introduced with the Sport mode which is calibrated toward performance and handling. In this setting, the throttle is cranked up considerably, power control from the battery is increased from 500 to 600 volts and the CT’s electric power steering is adjusted to be more responsive. To liven things up a bit, the stability and traction control systems become less intrusive.

These adjustments obviously cut into fuel economy, but much of the pleasure of owning a car like this isn’t so much the extra performance it provides in all driving situations, but the knowledge that it’s there when you’re in the mood for it.

Does this new system live up to Lexus’s claim that with the CT, “fun-to-drive and hybrid can be used in the same sentence?” Motor Trend’s test drive says, “Lexus quotes a 0-to-60 time identical to the Prius at 9.8 seconds. Despite the not-so-sporty times, no amount of flogging by us journalist types during the drive could get the indicated fuel economy under 34 mpg. Not bad.” The magazine also commented, “The most remarkable thing about the CT 200h is how easy it is to forget that you’re driving a hybrid. Regardless of driving mode, transitions to and from electric power and gasoline power are so seamless that you simply forget they’re happening. Power is plenty adequate in most situations, but can leave you wanting when passing or climbing hills.” Car and Driver reports that, “We think the CT has a nicely balanced chassis, although it is difficult to tell because the stability control kills the fun before any mirth has a chance to materialize, and there’s little power with which to modulate the car’s cornering attitude.”

Exterior And Interior

Placing a big back door instead of a trunk on a small car doesn’t seem very Lexus-like, but the CT 200h was designed for Europe where luxury five-door hatchbacks are becoming a large segment of the market. The question is, will the CT sell in Peoria? After all, American automotive history is awash with hatchbacks that didn’t make it, like the short-lived Lexus IS 300 Sportcross.

In its favor, the CT 200h has strong visual links to the LF-Ch concept Lexus unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. Athletic styling is highlighted by a slightly raked roofline, while the eye-catching details include the character line streaming down its side and the crease above the rocker panel. In the front, sharp contour lines add extra dimension to the sculpted hood while deeply recessed fog lights give it an aggressive look. In back, the unique-to-Lexus rear-access door straddles the line between hatchback and wagon and has a small, stylish lip that runs through the middle of the liftgate. In true hybrid fashion, the CT has impressive aerodynamics with a coefficient of drag at 0.29, just behind the Prius’s 0.25.

2012 Lexus CT 200h

Like the outside, the CT’s cabin also plays off the LF-Ch concept with a two-tiered dash. While the design is untypically stylish for Lexus, it is somewhat spoiled by a drive selector lever that is standard Toyota hybrid equipment and not very sporty in appearance. Switchgear is familiar Lexus offerings, meaning the tactile feel is quality and substance. Of note, when the Sport mode is selected, illumination of the instrument panel changes from blue to red and the left Eco gauge changes to a tachometer.

As for the interior, Popular Mechanics commented, “Drivers will appreciate the CT 200h’s low seating position, rakish steering angle, and fat steering wheel, all of which are decidedly un-Prius-like.” Conversely, Motor Trend had some rather unkind words about the interior design: “The overall design of the dash is unconventional and brings to mind the cockpit of a jet airliner, but it looks as though Lexus has simply dropped in parts wherever they fit with little thought to aesthetics.”

Lexus did a credible job of carving as much space as possible in a compact car. The driver and front seat passenger will find comfortable seating positions and those in back, well, it’s a compact. The 60/40-split rear seatbacks fold forward, providing a flat cargo floor. A retractable cargo cover provides privacy in back, and there’s plenty of room behind the backseat for a week’s worth of groceries. This is the first Lexus equipped with faux leather that the automaker calls “NuLuxe.” Real cowhide is available as an option.

2012 Lexus CT 200h

To compete in the compact luxury class Lexus has equipped the CT with all of the desired standard features: keyless entry with touch sensors on exterior front door handles; dual-zone climate control; cruise control; steering-wheel audio controls; heated seats; Bluetooth for phone and music streaming; USB/iPod connectivity; and a six speaker audio system with a CD player. There’s a magnum load of options that can push the $29,120 starting price beyond $40,000: LED headlamps with washers; rain-sensing wipers; dynamic cruise control; backup camera; and a navigation system that uses a mouse-like controller. Surprisingly, the Mark Levinson audio system is missing from the options list.

The expected safety gear includes eight air bags, anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control and traction control.

2012 Lexus CT 200h

Competitors

If you recognize the sensibleness of the hatchback design and want the amenities that the luxury class offers, the CT 200h might work, but a more sporty alternative to consider is Audi’s A3.

The Audi’s TDI clean diesel has an output of 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque that serves up 42 mpg on the highway – 3 mpg better than the CT 200h. However, its 30 mpg city rating is 13 mpg less for city driving. Starting at $30,250, the additional $1,130 may be worth it if performance and handling are important considerations.

2012 Lexus CT 200h

Or, if most of your driving is in town and a hatchback just isn’t your style, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid should be on your-cars-to-test- drive list. Yes, the $34,755 base price is $5,600 more, but its 41 mpg city (only 36 highway) is close to the CT’s and the MKZ has more room inside, is more comfortable and has way more cargo space.

Then again, there’s the Prius V. Starting at $26,400, it’s a hatchback, has more interior room and offers something the CT doesn’t have, light-emitting diode (LED) headlamps and foglamps. It may not be as sporty as the Lexus, but it does offer something else not available on the CT, the cachet of the Prius nameplate.

Prices are Manufacture Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) at time of writing and do not include destination charges, taxes or licensing.

The comments posted below were posted after this article was originally posted in March 2010.


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  • Eric

    Looks pretty good, it’s about time compact luxury cars came to the US. It may be smaller but it is probably less aerodynamic, which may mean it doesn’t get better mpg than the Prius, but I sure hope it does. I’m looking forward to finding out MPG and MSRP.

  • Nelson Lu

    I don’t get it: in what way is HS 250h not a compact?

  • Nelson Lu

    And, of course, Lexus is violating its own naming scheme by calling the CT 200h “CT 200h” rather than “CT 180h.”

  • DownUnder

    I think the naming convention of Lexus hybrid for CT 200h means it has the power equivalent to a car with 2.0 litre engine, h means hybrid. . .

  • Eric

    I don’t want to get into the semantics of what constitutes a compact, but the HS is 15″ longer than the upcoming CT 200h. The HS is only a few inches shorter than the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid which is considered a mid-size I believe.

  • Nelson Lu

    The EPA (which considers the Prius a midsize) considers the HS 250h a compact. http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/2008seleeng1f.jsp?year=2010&make=Lexus&model=HS%20250h

  • veek

    Regarding why the EPA would consider this car a “compact”:

    According to the EPA’s website, passenger car sizes are based on interior volume (based on their selected formula, of course). This is presumably done for consistency, even though other definitions for “size” may make good sense, too.

  • aaron beard

    Actually, they have used a +1 alphanumeric designations for all of the hybrids. See, e.g., LS600h and RX450h. The LS uses a 5.0L V-8, the RX450h uses a 3.5L V-6.

  • lexus car

    I really like the design of the rear of this car. . Luxury = Lexus :D

  • Yegor

    The MSRP is actually $29,120!
    It is the least expensive Lexus!
    It is almost the same price as Ford Fusion Hybrid.

  • Yegor

    Lexus CT is only 40 kg/90 pounds (curb weight 1420 kg) heavier than Prius which just 3%.
    Why fuel economy is so much worse?

  • Old Man Crowder

    It’s a Toyota Matrix in disguise!

  • FamilyGuy

    It could be the mini-family grocery getter. It’s 17.3″ shorter then my Subaru Outback wagon. I wonder how small that hatch-back area really is and if I can get away with that reduced cargo area.

  • GTI Owner

    I have been waiting for a good looking, luxury hybrid, hatchback… exactly like the CT 200h Lexus. Europe is way ahead of us in appreciating good design with nice interior space, compactness for ease of city driving/parking and fuel economy both in town and on the open road….I can’t wait to see it!

  • Wetfish

    I drove mine home yesterday and love it. I have owned a Honda Accord Hybrid since 2005 and welcome the change. The CT200h is well appointed, responsive, has great handling and is beautiful. I opted for black leather, nav package and the premium audio system. I have driven in all kinds of traffic in the last 24 hours and this car is outstanding. Power when you need it in Sport Mode and pure electric when your creeping along in bumper to bumper traffic. The cargo bay is great, with the back seat down I can fit all my dive gear and have room to spare. Terrific automobile!

  • Tp

    The main way is that it’s a mid-size sedan. Another way is that it is larger than compact cars by one, if not two steps. Similar, related concepts admittedly. Perhaps just focus on the main way it’s not a compact car– like a civic, aveo, fiesta, one series, and similar are.

  • gary

    How about addressing the Federal Tax Credit? Is it available on the CT 200H and if so, what is the amount?

  • Early_Iowa

    I looked at two at the dealership. I currently have an 09 Prius, so a comparison will be in order.

    The first point is that the car is much prettier than the Prius. The interior is actually very nice with seats much more comfortable than the the Prius. But this is not without several major complaints.

    1) Roof is lower and pinched in on the sides. As I sat in the drivers
    seat I literally easily hit the grab handle attached to the roof. Not exactly brought in an episode of claustrophobia, but radically less headroom than my Prius. Also, this is not a car you could wear a hat in unless you have a shorter body than I do.

    2) The glove box, one rather than two in the Prius, is sized for a
    couple pairs of gloves and not much more. No other storage in
    the front that I could find.

    3) Biggest complaint is that the car has a 4 inch shorter wheel
    base, which is all reflected in the back seat leg room. Even with
    the front seat in a less then ‘all-the-way-back’ position, there is
    scant leg room. With the seats all the way back you will have to
    turn you sideways to get them in the foot well. As I did not take
    the time to drive the car I can not judge whether the shorter
    wheelbase will cause a chopper ride.

    4) As the car is shorter than the Prius, it had to come from
    somewhere and the truck appears to be smaller. The good news
    is that the rear is a Kammback design rather than a sloped
    hatchback design.

    The good news is that you can get many nice luxury features in
    the car. The fit and finish is wonderful, though not complaining
    about the build quality of the Prius which is very good.

    Would I buy one, probably yes, but a fully ‘decked out’ Ct 200h
    will come in at $40,500. My 09 priced out at $28,000 and you
    will have to judge whether the luxury items are worth $12,000.

    Personally, if I had the money I would buy it, but seriously complain
    about the loss of headroom, leg room in the back, and loss of
    interior storage. The upside is the many luxury features that
    are useful not just nice to have.

    Good Motoring to you !

  • BobDigital

    Why can’t they make his car with a manual transmission. Lexus or Acura please make a hybrid for me with a manual transmission!!!

  • Steve Light

    I enjoyed your review of your new CT 200. I am wondering if it is possible to fit a full size road bicycle in the rear hatch with rear seats folded? I took a quick look at the Lexus dealer, and think it may be long enough, but the rear hatch looks kinda small. I have a 06 Prius that the bike fits fine with wheels on. Thanks.

  • Steve Bioren

    I’ve owned my CT 200h for a week and a half and can’t say enough wonderful things about it! I drove an 04 Civic for 7 years and averaged 38-40 mpg with the 5-speed. I’m averaging 47-50 mpg with the CT! Its drive train is extremely smooth and the interior is very comfortable. The back seat does look tighter than even the Civic’s but I don’t typically drive with more than one person. Power and performance are adequate. Sport mode is really cool! I beat the EPA mileage estimates without using Eco mode. All of the 900+ miles I’ve logged have been in normal mode with the few exceptions when I felt like briefly switching to sport mode. The car uses 87 octane gas and only added $160/year for insurance over the Civic’s rate. All of this for a $32k price tag is a real bargain. Don’t fear the $40k figures previously quoted. Most of the cars at the dealers are priced at $31-32k or $35k for the nav and upgraded stereo options.

  • Richard Bryant

    Cannot believe I purchased this car, but I did. I am NOT in love with rear end of car, but fell in love with the handling and interior. I was really down to two cars, A4 and Volvo S60. Last second detour to Lexus and I drive off a CT200h. If you want speed, do not buy this car. But, if handling is a premium (and not too too bad of speed in sport mode) then this may be worth a look. I rank handling ahead of speed and this car rocks in sport mode. I have owned a BMW 3 and Audi A4 and the handling on the Lexus is just as capable. I have a 35 mile commute, mostly back roads, and I am getting about 48 mpg aver. My current mpg is 50.4 (total miles about 1500). Comfortable, quite, smooth and can actually get fun in sport mode. I need to see if Lexus has a bike rack for this and I’d recommend 100%.

  • Joe Kernan

    Hi Richard,

    How was the pricing/availability of the car with the current spike in gas prices? I appreciated very much your review!

  • Chris Lewis

    I am between a Prius and the Lexus ct 200h. Today I went to see a new Prius and noticed how low it sat to the road. Does the Lexus sit just as low for those of you who have driven both or will I not bottom out over a steep hill?

  • KC

    I own this car and get 45-48 MPG easily on normal mode. The MPG is actually a lot better than I suspected. I drove it in ‘sport’ mode and only saw a decline of maybe 2mpg’s. Overall I am very happy with the fuel economy of this Hybrid.

  • KC

    I own the Lexus CT Hybrid and have driven the Prius. The Lexus sits lower than the Prius; however, you can raise the seat so you don’t feel like you’re sitting so low.

  • KC

    I bought my Lexus CT Hybrid for $29,700. About $2,000 more than a Prius 4. It was worth every penny. MPG is a lot better than I had anticipated. I get roughly 46-48 MPG. It is smaller than a Prius, but fit and finish is better.

  • Bradley Smith

    I just bought the Lexus CT Hybrid for $32,245 last week and I really love the handling of the vehicle and the features that it offers. I didn’t see the bike rack attachment offered for this vehicle when I looked at the Car profile online though. MPG ranges from 45-49 miles per gallon, I definitely can’t complain. Like almost everyone else, I did go and view The Toyota Prius as well and I wasn’t at all satisfied with it.

  • Venkat

    Hi KC,
    How could buy for 29,700 ?
    Which state u r in ?
    Please email me at deals08@yahoo.com ?
    Robert

  • R E Boldt

    I like the design, but carrying 2-300lbs more than the Prius the acceleration is slow with an engine that is reported to labor too much. Since the Prius not only handled better but even got better MPG when it replaced the 1.5L engine with a 1.8L, I wonder if the CT300 should have a 2 or 2.1L engine. I noticed that a CT with a 2.4L engine is entered into a German race. Could that be the CT400 with the HS250h engine, when it comes out?

  • leem

    I test drove the car last week. It’s really fun. The CT has awesome luxury interior design compare to the prius.

    My only issue is that they don’t have a lot of car for me to choose the color in California. But I don’t know about the other states.

  • Janice

    I was finally able to find a dealer that had a ct to test drive and found it to be fabulous. Turns out that I like the nav also. None available and am on a wait list for the car. Prices in AZ are 32,000 for the base car with upgraded sound system. With navigation, upgraded sound, premium package – total comes out to around $36,000. I like it much better than the Prius – much sportier and fun to drive.

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  • John millard

    I started with a 2004 Prius, then a 2006 Hylander as a second car. In 2009 I purchased a GS450h which is the fastest production Lexus with four doors and has 25 mph…with SULEV emissions. Now I own all three cars and begrudgingly ready to sell the GS after 45k miles of travel. Prius has 120000 and still gets 49mph even after 2 new driver accidents requiring extensive repairs. Even Hylander still going strong with 25 mph and SULEV performance. The primary benefit is the emissions reduction. Spending a few hundred dollars less for 40mph+ hybrid economy per year is an odd tradeoff when you could be driving a GS (for a little more money). The hybrid GS is the most amazing car I have ever seen and driven. I sat in a CS250h for a preview. It was a black leather interior with a burnt umber exterior. First impression was “not a Lexus”, but some other car with a really nice interior upgrade. The compactness of the 250h was alien. The drivers compartment was tight! The Prius is a pilates studio by comparison with better visibility and fuel economy. I really like the CT250h inside and out…but a Lexus? I think that it is better for Toyota to brand it as a Scion!

  • Brian B

    I just purchased the CT200h this past Monday. Mine is black with black leather and the upgraded sound package. I am coming from a 2006 MB SLK 350. Aside from the speed, I absolutely love the car. Handling and fit and finish are superb. I’ve heard about waiting lists at many other dealerships; I must have been in the right place at the right time.

  • Car Guy

    Bought a Lexus CT200h this past week (pearl gray with black interior). We have four kids and already own a Suburban and a truck. This little car is awesome. Quiet and fun to drive. I am getting over 45+ MPG on the highway! And that is on hilly and twisty two lanes at 65 MPH. It is certainly not a high powered performance car……but last I checked the public roads had speed limits and stop lights. So….do you really need a 500hp race car to drive around town?

    If you want a fuel sipper that is well appointed, well made, quiet and fun to drive then the CT200h is for you. I chose this over the Acura TSX, the Jetta TDI Wagon, the Audi A3 TDI and the Chevy Cruze. Plus….the Lexus dealer is the most customer friendly place I have ever been . I will buying more Lexus cars in the future!

  • tor

    i love it

  • alhassan abdul razak

    i still don’t understand how this hybrid works.could you enlighten me?does it mean 4.5lts could be used to travel for a distance of 100kms?
    please explain to me.
    thanks

  • carolynne

    Bought mine last labor day weekend and definitely happy w/ the purchase. One of the best car purchase I made in the last 11 yrs. ( 4 total) Love the handling, push button start, the standard bluetooth, very sporty looking & fuel efficient

  • murrayhester@verizon.net

    Bought CT200H 9/24/2011 after 10+ years driving a 2001 Prius. CT200H is comfortable and the little touches of Lexus luxury are appreciated, particularly the quiet. Also sport mode as well as the low center of gravity and wider tires make it fun to drive on twisty roads.

    Two complaints:
    The car is so low that it scrapes bottom on driveways, parking lot stops, and passenger door scrapes on many city curbs.

    Would really appreciate bumpers that could withstand a bump. Seems like all new cars have plastic bumpers that look great in the showroom, but the least little tappy-poo in a parking lot leaves obvious marks.

  • Larry Dahleen

    I own a 2010 Lexus HS 250h and couldn’t be happier. I
    consistantly get 40-41 mpg whether in the city or cruising at
    70 mph on the interstate; sure I avoid jack rabbit starts and
    “panic” stops, but that just means I am a careful and aware
    driver.

  • Ben

    I have owned a 2012 CT F sports series for 2 weeks precisely. I have filled it up twice. I got 45mpg the first time and 43mpg the second. I have been driving 30% city and 70% highway mostly on ECO mode. I roll at 70mph on freeways. I loooooooove this car.

    I recommend this to anyone who wants a luxurious car that offer incredible savings in gas and looks sooooo sporty and cool.

    It is my first lexus ca but I am already in love. Thank you Lexus!

  • hybridhybrid

    i’m driving the 2010 prius so i know how slow it is to get from 0-60 in 10 seconds on power mode and the uncomfortable moan because of cvt. but that’s not the reason i bought it anyway.

    now here is a car with a 2010/11 prius engine + cvt achieving slightly less at 43/40. still not too bad but fun to drive? how fun? or more specific, how much more fun can this car be compared to the 2010/11 prius?

    slap in the brand new camry’s hybrid powertrain into it, then use a 6 speed transmission then we are talking fun.

    i can’t see the reason for paying more to get a car almost similar to the prius. but again some may think that paying more to get a “LEXUS” sounds luxurious. that’s the only fun part i can think of.

  • MrEnergyCzar

    Very nice interior. I’m not sure there’s any point of the EV mode other than seeing what it’s like to drive all electric albeit at reduced speeds….

    MrEnergyCzar

  • ilikflhyb

    hybridhybrid – you say CT200h is almost similar to a Prius? That’s a stretch. How about you read some of the testimonies above from people who actually own the car.

  • hybridhybrid

    ilikflhyb – how bout you go out test drive both cars, come back and let me know?

    most important is how you feel not read other people’s testimonies. if “other people’s” testimony is really important then all hybrid cars will be junk since jeremy clarkson hates almost every single one of them

  • AlexL

    Yes, through the use of an electric motor (powered with batteries that do NOT need to be plugged) and an efficient gasoline engine, it is possible to go 100 Km with only 4.5 liters of gasoline.

    Lexus uses a similar hybrid system to Toyota’s (Used in the Prius, which achieves even better millage – under 4 l/100km)

  • Chuck

    Had/ have an 04/10 Prius and an 06 matrix. This is an off spring of the two. Make it awd and you’d really have a car

  • Sammy Carr

    I own the CT 200h with all of the options including LED self leveling headlights with headlight washers. Overall, the car is a home run!
    While the seats are low they are extremely comfortable and supportive. The 10 way electric drivers side seat is amazing. The various drive modes are useful and can make a difference in fuel economy and the fun factor.
    I am getting around 47 MPG overall but my highest full tank was 53.2 MPG on the Nav screen. The whine of the transmission is slightly loud under hard acceleration but the electric/gas combination motor’s work seamlessly and are amazing.
    Allow a slight learning curve and you will love this car. It is so well painted as it should be that several friends said it was the best painted car they have ever seen.
    Finally, while I feel that it’s priced high, the car offers all of the amenities you could ever want (except the Mark levinson stereo) and I love mine. I have leather seats, and this is an outstanding work of art for 2011-2012!

  • ilikflhyb

    Comments comparing CT200h to Toyota products is a bit comical. I took some pretty long sits in the CT and a few BMWs. Tell you what, the feel of the seating in CT is not too far from BMW. If it had that little adjustable lip at front edge of drivers seat bottom, CT would just about match BMW 5 series.

    No use beginning to compare the CT seating to Matrix .. ’10 Prius, what have you. You might find it entertaining, but the Lexus is much more refined, ergonomically adjusted, correct interior than Prius. Matrx? Please, not even remotely close.

  • MeL

    I appreciate your post. Had the information that confirmed the CT200h is exactly what I am looking for! You get in trouble with a race car or something that looks like it in town and I had doubts about passing the Acura and Jetta.
    I was just wondering what state you bought from and if you don’t mind me asking for how much? Not sure if I wanna get the upgrade packages at the moment.

  • MJW715

    anybody try it in the snow. ?

  • corn

    i test drove the ct and the prius V, the ct was a blast to drive, the V about as uncomfortable as it gets. the only thing holding me back are the following, so PLEASE, any ct owners, help me out. a) could you fit a big dog in the back with the seats up, b) can you put a tule box on top and/ or a hitch for a bike rack off the back? i’m stuck between the CT and a subaru impreza (36 mph on the highway), have 2 teen kids and commute a ton.

  • corn

    this car was fun to test drive; way better than the prius V. my only potential hang up might be size. i have 2 teen kids and a big dog. could any owners comment on whether or not a big dog could fit in the back with the seats up? also, how about fitting a bike in the back with the seats down or putting a tule box or bumper bike rack on? and how is the back seat ride for 30-60 miles for an average size person? i know the front seat is super comfortable.

  • Melissa

    Perhaps some of us are averse to sitting on the orange crates that the Prius tags as seating, not just the sound of the Lexus name?
    I’ve tied on multiple occasions to talk myself into a Prius… every single time the interior quality, or rather complete and appalling lack thereof, talked me OUT of it. Sure, the Prius costs less, but the materials scream cheap, and feel uncomfortable. I want a car that gets good gas mileage, not to martyr myself for a cause.

  • alvin

    If you are looking for more luxury and comfort along with high fuel economy rating, then its better to wait for the new upcoming 2013 GS 450h release rather than opting the new 2012 CT 200h.

  • Bryant

    My question is why would you buy this over the 2012 Camry hybrid which offers much better acceleration, more room and is less expensive? It may handle a little better and be more fun to drive plus have the Lexus name but that hardly seems to trump the Camry’s advantages.

  • Bryant

    My question is why would you buy this over the 2012 Camry hybrid which offers much better acceleration, more room and is less expensive? It may handle a little better and be more fun to drive plus have the Lexus name but that hardly seems to trump the Camry’s advantages.

  • Raylor

    Haha, this guy is trying to compare a luxury compact to an average car. This is a hatchback and it fits certain people’s lifestyles vs a Camry that’s not. Hellooooooooooooooooooooo???

  • Raylor

    Haha, this guy is trying to compare a luxury compact to an average car. This is a hatchback and it fits certain people’s lifestyles vs a Camry that’s not. Hellooooooooooooooooooooo??? You also just answered your question, it’s more fun to drive! Duh! =P

  • elev8

    The car really looks good inside and out. Adding some more things for the interior will make it look better and finding it at equipment in sport.

  • dwdwone

    Can anyone clue me in as to how this vehicle’s size compares with a Matrix?

    Thanks!

  • mjpaine

    Did you look at the Prius V as well or just the standard Prius?

  • Piorun

    I test drove CT200 last night. Just city driving. Very nice ride but in sports mode. In regular mode it was very sluggish. Navigation is only available in Technology package which is $8,000 more. Nevertheless you could get a GPS and opt out for sport package for $5000 more. I still would like to take it on the highway to see how quiet it is. The only complaint is that there’s no cup holders in the back of the car. Even my Civic Si has cup holders in the back. This should be luxury after all. It sits low to the ground which improves handling, the drawback I guess is the high dashboard, almost at eye level, (I am 5’7″). Legroom in the back is good for me but for a taller person would be tight. Battery in the trunk makes trunk space limited. About 14 cubic feet of trunk space. This means you could probably fit in 1 xlarge suitcase with a carry on bag. With seats folded down you have ample cargo space.

    Overall I love this car. I give it 4/5 stars.

  • Piorun

    I test drove CT200 last night. Just city driving. Very nice ride but in sports mode. In regular mode it was very sluggish. Navigation is only available in Technology package which is $8,000 more. Nevertheless you could get a GPS and opt out for sport package for $5000 more. I still would like to take it on the highway to see how quiet it is. The only complaint is that there’s no cup holders in the back of the car. Even my Civic Si has cup holders in the back. This should be luxury after all. It sits low to the ground which improves handling, the drawback I guess is the high dashboard, almost at eye level, (I am 5’7″). Legroom in the back is good for me but for a taller person would be tight. Battery in the trunk makes trunk space limited. About 14 cubic feet of trunk space. This means you could probably fit in 1 xlarge suitcase with a carry on bag. With seats folded down you have ample cargo space.

    Overall I love this car. I give it 4/5 stars.

  • HAWK

    I bought my 2012 Lexus CT 200H last Dec and I truly love it. Paid $31,000 with a moonroof, but with no navigation system. I am currently averaging 47.6 mpg, driving from San Diego to LA, which was a surprised to me. The car is truly fun to drive, better than the BMW that we used to own. I changed all the interior lights to LEDs as well the headlights to HID, nice touch to an already outstanding car. I also added a hitch, with a Yakima bike carrier. I don’t believe on roofracks, since it will cut down on the aero dynamic of the car. If you want a fun car to drive with great gas mileage, this is the car for you.

  • Wheresaldo

    I’ve had 3 BMW the past 10 years… The last one was a BMW 328 coupe and I was getting 12 mpg… I hated the low gas mileage environmentally and polically. I wanted a hybrid and I wanted some kind of level of luxury in the interior and good handling. The Prius did NOT meet any of this requirements. I got the Lexus CT200h yeaterday and I’m loving it. The sit hung you and strearing wheel feels like the BMW, it doesn’t have the pick up, but it’s understandable, trading pick up for fuel economy, the car handles nicely curves. When BMW has a hybrid or all electric I might switch bank to them, but for now the Lexus is a great car.

  • GG

    I have owned my 2012 w/ nav for a month…average 42 mpg. The design and interior appointments are superb. The seats are extremely comfortable and the sporty handling is quite fun. Coming from a larger Audi, it’s nice to really feel the road. Regular gas @ say $30 for a fill up works. The overall Lexus experience including the dealership (carwashes & airport shuttle) is top notch. A great decision.

  • Garrett

    I couldnt agree more. I know they are going for that whole hybrid thing but what if the had the same model as the ct200h but with the IS 350 engine……and all wheel drive…… 306hp all wheel drive and a hatchback….now that would be clean.

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  • ビーグレン

    Cathie, you can check out the C-Max, which will be out later in the year. If it doesn’t fit your needs, though, there are going to be some other options on the road.

  • Butch

    Has anyone has maintenance done on the hybrid components of a Lexus Hybrib?

  • CarWale

    These pics of Lexus CT looks really awesome. Lexus has come up with hardcore technical stuff in their models and this is just another example for it. Looking forward to much more from them!

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  • karen surgent

    Please let me know how you are averaging the 47-50 mpg. I have only had my car a day but did do 100 miles and according to the display I averaged 25 mpg. I’m extremely upset. I had it on normal and eco modes. It was city driving, stopping and starting here and there. Could there be a problem with my battery? I plan to call Lexus tomorrow and have read manual but did not come up with any explanation. Thanks for your advice.

  • Anonimo

    I own a 2011 CT and I get around 37mpg in sport and 40mpg in normal. I live in the city and a lot of my commute is stop and go. Let the car break in a little bit and get used to driving it. I have noticed that my best mileage comes from getting up to speed with moderate acceleration and then using a feather touch in the accelerator. I tried getting up to speed with the gauge only in Eco but mileage dropped and it drove me nuts. Though overall, I’m thrilled with this car. I traded in my Evo X which was getting 14 mpg in the city with premium and only 19-20 mixed driving. I’m liking the much gentler ride, similar handling, and much better interior. This is my first Lexus but won’t be my last.

  • Estifanos

    does this car qualify for IRS tax return?

  • Bradley M.

    We have owned the CT200h since November 2011. As we drive equal amounts on the streets and freeway, we calculate and use a single aggregated miles per gallon figure. In our case we are consistently in the 44-46 mpg range. 80% of the time we have 2 adults, 1-3 small dogs in the car and the boot filled up with our photography gear (photo gear weighing in at 50+/- lbs).
    We keep cold tire pressure at 36 lbs all the way around, and use 87 octane tier 1 gas (Shell, Chevron, Mobil, etc..). Gas in AZ contains up to 10% ethanol, causing up to a lose 3-4 mpg per tank. We add a very small amount of Red Line Fuel System Cleaner to each tank at re-fill and have been able to maintain the mid 40s mpg across all our “daily normal driving conditions”. All our driving is done in Sport Mode. Normal and Eco are a dulled driving experience and simply no fun to motor around in. Car runs tight, no excessive wind noise at hwy speeds and the music projects nicely into the interior. Great vehicle for our use and lifestyle.

  • Mark Bradley

    We have owned the CT200h since November 2011. As we drive equal amounts on the streets and freeway, we calculate and use a single aggregated miles per gallon figure. In our case we are consistently in the 44-46 mpg range. 80% of the time we have 2 adults, 1-3 small dogs in the car and the boot filled up with our photography gear (photo gear weighing in at 50+/- lbs).
    We keep cold tire pressure at 36 lbs all the way around, and use 87 octane tier 1 gas (Shell, Chevron, Mobil, etc..). Gas in AZ contains up to 10% ethanol, causing up to a lose 3-4 mpg per tank. We add a very small amount of Red Line Fuel System Cleaner to each tank at re-fill and have been able to maintain the mid 40s mpg across all our “daily normal driving conditions”. All our driving is done in Sport Mode. Normal and Eco are a dulled driving experience and simply no fun to motor around in. Car runs tight, no excessive wind noise at hwy speeds and the music projects nicely into the interior. Great vehicle for our use and lifestyle.

  • Seamus

    I’ve had mine for three weeks with two fill ups: 44.9 and 47.4 MPG. Mine is a 38 mile LA freeway commute: push me-pull you on the 405 in the PMs & combo 75mph & stop & go in AM. First fill was all ECO mode & second all Sport.

    I’m really enjoying this car. IMO, the Sport mode is a requirement around town, otherwise you really have to put your foot in it to get anywhere. Premium stereo is great but you really have to give the vol control lotsa turns. I drive around with the rear headrests in the forward position which makes the otherwise poor rear visibility passable. I think the sun visors are from a ’63 Rambler Classic. Musta been on deal.

    Happy motoring to all.

  • Seamus

    Estifanos: I thought whatever tax credit was in play had expired in ’11. Anyone know for sure?

  • Nim

    Just bought this car & I can’t say enough good things about it. Gas mileage in ECO mode is running 47-48mpg (at the pump). Interior is beautiful & the handling is great. The only thing sacrificed is raw acceleration, but here in NJ, that’s a non issue. I’m probably not the only person who couldn’t stomach the Prius styling …. so giving up 3mpg is a small sacrifice.

  • Jay

    Wow, i’m in Puerto Rico and Lexus only has one model, at $44k… Wow, I guess i’m not getting it.

  • Ron D.

    With regards to comparing this with a Matrix. I had a Matrix (2004) for 9 years and am now driving the CT200h. It has about the same floor space as the Matrix with the seats folded down but has much less headroom so the overall rear volume is about 2/3 of the Matrix. That being said one of my pre-conditions for buying the Lexus was being able to get my roadbike in the back of the car (after removing the front wheel). I am 6′ 1″ and my bike has a large frame with an extended seat-post. It fits in the back without any problems with room to spare for a couple of medium sized duffle bags.

    In picking the Lexus I looked at the Prius as well as the Audi A3 TDI. Truth be told the Prius just didn’t have the finish or the cache of the Lexus although from a purely hybrid point of view they are not much different. The Audi was a great car but I hadn’t heard too many good stories about Audi service especially once you were outside there warranty. And the potential cost of repairing a diesel was a negative. Lexus got me with the styling of the CT 200h as well as their reputation for service. The CT200h also builds on all Toyota’s experience with hybrids – which is going on about ten years. So I wasn’t concerned about reliability.

    Outside of that the car is fun to drive and has enough acceleration for my needs. I drove it from Toronto to Chicago the second week I had it. Four people in the car, two bikes on the roof and it zipped along the highway at 120km/70 miles per hour no problem. Besides my wife thinks it rocks. She calls it the Sexus.

  • William Olynyk

    This is no Alvon which I owned for over 18 years, but I wanted to end my life with a Lexus (81 years old), wife didn’t want a regular size car so we got the CT200h, everything is just fine except it rides like a sport car., and keep hitting my head on the door frame getting in and I’m only 5-11. Plus don’t believe everything a salesman tells you, check it out befor you purchase.. I made the mistake., and it cost me…Henderson, NV.

  • Anonymous

    The BMW have the active E , full electric car. Also the hybrid active 3 and 5.

  • Joseph Martinn

    Wow… Very Nice feature of luxurious car. I read all car feature and i very like all cars look and feature.

  • Anonymous

    Bought the 2012 CT Premium w/ LED, F Sport, Nav and Audio for the wife tonight. I have to say this is one fun car to drive. I don’t get the knock on acceleration. This thing is quick. 0-40 any one? The sales guy had me take a clover leaf express way ramp at 45-50mph…it was rated 25mph and this ate it. Fantastic control.

  • zach j

    the tax credits for hybrids ended in dec 2010 or when ever the car company sold more that 60,000 hybrid cars. So for Lexus and Toyota being leaders in the hybrid market the tax credit ended September 2007 when they sold there 60000 hybrid. Now there is a new tax credit out there for plug in hybrids and electrics cars.

  • james braselton

    hi there yeah for a high proformance car that gets 43 mpg and cost less from $29,999 too $40,000

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    hi there lexus and toyota nissan leaf got there rebate your data is outdated its not limited too 60,000 hybride or evs its now upgraded too a whopping 250,000 soo hybride ev quta is quadrupple 4 times more

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  • Elman

    Just bought a 2012 ct200h. First tank of gas we got 47.7 mpg.

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  • a-bob

    Bought mine about a month ago. After engine break in I’m now getting consistent 41 mpg’s. Slick ride, and not bad pickup in Sport mode. Was just under empty and filled up for 30 bucks. My 4Runner would have been $75. Sweet!

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  • QCKDUCE

    You’re dead on target Old Man :D. A Matrix with a Lexus monaker attached. We’ve had our Matrix since ’06 and until we saw this CT nothing really appealed to us (in this cheap but comfortable price range of course) until we saw one of these in our usual grocery story parking lot. Knowing it’s a Lexus we knew it would be more $$ than a Matrix but was compelled to learn just how much. Well,, at $30k stripped opposed to $21 tops for a loaded Matrix – the Matrix is the winner. All it takes is a look at a pre-owned CT, note the sticker crash !OUCH! then note a comparable year Matrix. Smart money is the Matrix hands down. For $10k loss we’ve learned to like the engine noise, and can tolerate the road noise the Matrix provides. We have just under 80k on our Matrix and have spent $0 other than usual/regular oil changes at 5k, trans and brake system fluids change. Matrix runs with the best of them on the freeway at 60 to 75mph all day long. Comfortable and easy to get into seats, unbelievable traction in snowy roads (ours is all wheel drive), expectedly nice audio system, and loves to go on by the gas pumps for approx. 300miles between fill ups.

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  • Rcarsonk

    Had the 2007 Camry hybrid before the 2010 Prius V……….the CT 200 is leaps and bounds better. Does not feel like you are driving a cheap plastic toy. For just a little more, you really do get very good quality……dare I say luxury.

  • Rcarsonk

    Had the 2007 Camry hybrid before the 2010 Prius V……….the CT 200 is leaps and bounds better. Does not feel like you are driving a cheap plastic toy. For just a little more, you really do get very good quality……dare I say luxury.

  • hayes1229

    I purchased a 2012 CT one week ago. I drive 120 miles (60 each way) to work and back each day through a mix of 25, 35, 45, 55 and 65 zones – about an hour an 10 min each way when traffic is cooperating. I’ve driven a 2000 Honda Accord for the last many years and was looking for a replacement that offered good mileage, some level of safety, luxury and comfort, the ability to transport my 7 and 3 year-old, and a decent price. I really think I found the perfect car with the CT. I actually bought the car used – it was a Lexus dealer’s loaner car that needed to be sold and thus I paid $31K, with Nav and few other nice options included. My average mileage has ranged from 50.1 to 55.7 mpg over the 60 mile trip – these are the actual calculated values using gallons at pump and miles driven – the onboard computer tends to be about 1.5 mpg higher for some reason. NOTE – I’ve been driving entirely in ECO mode and haven’t gone above 72 mph. I’ve also been in a few traffic jams, where the gas engine turns off and the car switches over to pure electric. I confess that I REALLY love that – it is super quiet and it does wonders for the overall mileage.

    Overall, I find the car to be incredibly efficient, comfortable, quiet, and enjoyable to drive. I love the way it looks and am proud to get in and out of it. I really like the fact the hybrid design reduces the maintenance required, and further like the fact that I can have the car serviced at my local Toyota dealer for a lower cost than the Lexus dealer with no impact on warranty. My kids and their seats fit nicely in the back and when I fold down the back seats, by bike fits in nicely as well.

    For me, this is the perfect car.

  • Mike C.

    I just test drove one recently. I’m thinking of getting one. My current car is a 2006 Dodge Magum R/T. I like my Magnum but I want something that gets better mileage. My 340 hp Magnum get 13 mpg around town. The Lexus CT200h is like a mini magnum in body configuration. I like the way the Lexus drove and it has adequate power to accelerate onto Interstates. It has the same acceleration as my very first car. A bog ’66 Dodge Polara with a 383 ci 2 bbl carb.

  • Mike C

    I’m thinking of getting one. I watch a lot of You tube reviews and test drove one the other day. I currently drive a big 2006 Dodge Magnum R/T with the 340 hp V8. It gets 13 mph around town and 19-20 on the highway. I do like my Magnum but I want something now that gets better mileage. I saw an ad for the CT200h on TV recently as I have never seen on the road. Its body type is like a mini Magnum and I like to be able to haul around stuff like my R/C cars and equipment. I’ll just need to fold down the back seats. It does have less storage but I can live with that. I guess car insurance should be less too. So I liked the interior. Its ergonomics remind me of the ’95 Mitsubish Eclipse I used to own. A sports car like layout. OK, so the CT200h accelerates slow, mid 17′s in the 1/4 mile. My ver 1st car was a ’66 Dodg Polara with a 383 ci 2 bbl carb and that ran mid 17′s too. So I think the Lexus CT200h will be my next car.

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  • lcdefior

    Just bought a 2012 Lexus CT200 after a test drive. Selling my Audi A4 that uses premium gas (ouch) but is amazing to drive and has been my favorite car of all time. My hubby drives a Matrix. So I was able to compare a luxury sport car and a economy car to the Lexus. Hands down it is better than the Matrix. Oh, so much better than a Matrix. The CT200 is quieter than the Audi but the Audi does amazing things on the highway, like turns. I do not expect that type of performance from the Lexus. I am buying it for fuel economy, reliability, comfort and fun. My requirements for a new car were regular gasoline and over 30 miles per gallon. Everything else is a bonus. Trying to convince hubby to trade in his Matrix and buy a Lexus CT200 – we’d have matching cars in the garage :>

  • Cbowker

    I find it hard to take your review seriously because you stated you never drove the car. It would be like buying speakers without hearing them or buying a piano without playing it. I do appreciate your review of the interior since you are comparison to your own car which is considered the top Hybrid of its kind.

  • Eric c

    Absolutely love it! Got my mercury gray/black leather interior ct200h a week ago with every available option. Well done Lexus. Well done. Sold my 260bhp Toyota caldina and got this baby.

  • Namoi

    I want to purchase the CT but seen a lot people comments on CT drives pretty firm and noisy. Is it true?

  • SKC

    Just bought my CT F sport from Silver spring MD. white/blk combination. Will be delivered this Thursday. can’t wait to drive it. My previous car was BMW 328i – leased that consumed about 18 MPG. I wanted to go eco/green so I researched/drove camry hybrid, prius and CT. I found CT better in every aspect among the 3. so far very happy with my decision.
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  • Moe

    I got a ct200 hybrid and I’m a little disappointed about the MPG. I average about 36 – 37 around town and I baby it! and I mean baby it….I coast down hills stay 5 miles below speed limit, never jack rabbit, always try to keep the blue light lit on the dash, people always passing me cause I’m so slow….I’m pissed that I have to do this to just try and get this car up to 40 MPG!

    I have 4000 miles on the car and it better get better or the dealer will hear from me….its nonsense they advertise one thing and I get another….Hyndyie just had to pay money because they made false claims about their mileage.

  • LeftBrain

    No issue; Lexus doesn’t appear to be doing what Hyundai allegedly did. The CT routinely outperforms the EPA estimates. Routinely and by rather wide margin – 50+ MPG on my CT.

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