Used 2015 Lexus CT Hatchback
Lexus CT Hatchback
Imagine a Toyota Prius, but with a luxurious interior, sporty exterior and good driving dynamics. That's the 2015 Lexus CT 200h.
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The 2015 Lexus CT 200h hybrid offers up a sporty and stylish shape that wears the now-familiar Lexus grille, but actually shares most of its mechanical underpinnings – including its hybrid powertrain – with the Toyota Prius. It's not just a reskin, though, as Lexus puts its own stamp on the CT 200h. The exterior styling is unmistakably Lexus, while the interior is swathed in leather and upscale fabrics, much better sound-deadening and plentiful luxury features. It also pumps up the 1.8-liter gasoline/hybrid electric motor powertrain. While the CT 200h doesn't offer the same fuel economy as a Prius, it has already established itself as a fuel-efficiency leader in the luxury class against competitors like the Audi A3 diesel and Cadillac ELR.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you can't imagine driving a car that lacks luxury trappings, but want to reduce your carbon footprint, then the 2015 Lexus CT 200h may be just what you're looking for. Its relatively low price is icing on the cake.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While definitely more fun to drive than a Prius, it's more of a drive-a-slow-car-fast kind of thing. If you're looking for quick acceleration or bursts of power, the CT 200h isn't going to do it. The Cadillac ELR offers more horsepower and eye-catching style, and it costs twice as much.
What's New for 2015
The 2015 Lexus CT 200h gets a few small updates but is mostly carryover. Among the changes are the integration of the iPhone-compatible Siri Eyes Free Mode for the infotainment system, additional voice commands for the navigation system, and the addition of Slacker radio to the Lexus Enform app suite.
While the 2015 Lexus CT 200h is fun in its own way, it's no match for cars like the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3 or even the Cadillac ELR. All three are quicker and handle better. However, the CT 200h looks great, is comfortable, is famously reliable, and its rivals have a hard time keeping up with its fuel-economy numbers. It's still more fun than you’d expect on a twisty back road, too. Engage Sport mode and the CT 200h will surprise you with sharp steering and quick throttle response. The F-Sport package adds stiffer springs, dampers and anti-roll bars, albeit at the expense of the traditionally soft Lexus ride. When you're just cruising, the CT 200h offers a quiet and comfortable around-town experience that's a pleasant departure from the usual hybrid experience, even if it isn't quite as library-silent as other Lexus cars.
SELECTABLE DRIVING MODES
The 2015 Lexus CT 200h offers three different driving modes for different driving styles. Normal is, well, self-explanatory. The Eco mode offers less aggressive throttle response to help improve fuel economy, while Sport gets more aggressive, quickening the steering response and increasing battery output for maximum power.
DISPLAY AUDIO REMOTE TOUCH
The Lexus infotainment system uses a unique mouse-like interface called Remote Touch. Mounted on the center console, a joystick-like control moves a cursor on the screen, providing "haptic feedback" as you mouse over various controls. It's very clever and cool.
While the 2015 Lexus CT 200h doesn't offer a lot of room to spread out, the intimate surroundings make it impossible to ignore the high-quality materials and features inside. The sporty front seats give you plenty of side support for those times you decide to drive aggressively, while the bright gauges and 8-inch multifunction display look appropriately high tech. Yet beyond the luxury, the CT 200h burnishes its hybrid street cred with touches like standard simulated leather that's 60 percent lighter than cow hide, bamboo speaker frames, and floor mats and other interior trim made from 30-percent plant-based materials.
We don't blame you if you were surprised that the 2015 Lexus CT 200h hybrid was based on the Toyota Prius. The grille treatment, which Lexus calls a "spindle," is aggressive and intimidating, while the sharp creases in the sheetmetal, LED headlights, muscular wheel arches and deep rear spoiler all scream sporty sophistication. While it's true that the styling writes checks the performance can't quite cash, it's still a sharp and classy way to get around town. About the only downside: the small-looking 17-inch tires and wheels, a nod to fuel economy.
Notable Standard Equipment
Along with the usual luxury touches one expects from Lexus, the base CT 200h comes standard with keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, a 10-way power driver's seat, a 6-speaker audio system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth interface and SiriusXM satellite radio. If you upgrade to the Premium model you'll add heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers and a moonroof.
Notable Optional Equipment
Options for the Lexus CT 200h hybrid are divided into packages. The Seat Comfort package adds heated seats and a power passenger seat, while the F Sport package adds a sporty suspension and exterior enhancements. The Navigation Package throws in a rearview camera, voice-command HDD tilt-screen nav system with remote controller, Lexus Enform emergency notification system, NavTraffic and other features. The leather package adds real leather upholstery and includes electrochromic mirrors and memory driver's seat. The optional dynamic cruise control is combined with a Pre-Collision System that warns of an impending crash.
Under the Hood
Fuel economy is the name of the game for this hybrid, and with the Prius drivetrain to back it up, it's hard to match when it comes to minimizing your fuel bill. The 98-horsepower 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine and 80-horsepower electric-drive motor result in 43 mpg for the Lexus CT 200h in the EPA city cycle, very impressive. However, you pay for it when you want to get moving, as the 10-second 0-60-mph acceleration performance that can be justified as "socially responsible" in a Prius is a bit of a letdown in a sporty luxury-brand car that looks like it should run with Audis and BMWs.
1.8-liter inline-4/AC 650-volt permanent-magnet motor
98 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm (gasoline engine)/80 horsepower (electric motor)/134 horsepower (combined)
105 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 43/40 mpg
The 2015 Lexus CT 200h is the brand's most affordable model, with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $33,000 before adding options. The interesting thing is that even when you start loading up the options like navigation, dynamic cruise control and F Sport accessories, you barely crack the $40,000 mark, not bad for a luxury-brand vehicle like the CT 200h, so you may as well load up. That compares well to another fuel-efficient luxury car, the Audi A3 TDI diesel, which offers better performance for a little more money. Before buying, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what consumers in your area are paying for the CT 200h. Lexus cars generally, and the Toyota Prius specifically, have very good reliability histories, which bodes well for the resale value of the CT 200h hybrid.
Lexus CT Consumer Reviews
August 17, 2018
I LOVE MY CAR!!!
Driving this car is nothing but pure fun! Gas mileage is spectacular. We have been on so many trips since I purchased the car... it is...
July 31, 2018
Love this car
Ive had it for a year and a half now. I LOVE this car. In sport mode its really fast, in eco mode I can average 45-48 mpg. Lots of cargo...
October 08, 2016
Love this car!
Have owned for 2 years and never any problems( not any repair). Fun to drive and very comfortable even on long trips. Average about...
June 25, 2016
F-Sport is fun to drive.
September 13, 2015
EXCELLENT LUXURY ECONOMY CAR
I HAVE BEEN DRIVING THE CAR FOR FEW MONTHS AND I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. THE CABIN IS AMAZING AND LUXURY. SAVE TONS OF GAS. I...
July 29, 2015
love my car
This car does everything that I ask it to do and it does it with style. Lots of room to carry whatever I want, yet looks and feels like...
February 17, 2015
Except for it being a little small for a 6 footer
I'm willing to give up comfort and sound for great mileage.
February 11, 2015
Wonderful car to drive. Contrary to common publicity, the average mileage has been 50.5 mpg. It has this wonderful button that allows...
September 04, 2014
50+ MPG Around Town
This car is nimble, gets great fuel economy and looks GREAT. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone who is interested in Hybrid...
May 02, 2014
Sporty and fits the family
I bought the car after selling my Cadillac STS. Needed room for the dog and better MPG for the commute (Caddy got 24 on a good day). The...