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2012 Lexus CT 200h

2012 Mazda MAZDA3

  2012 Lexus CT 200h 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv
Invoice $27,633 $14,771
43/40 18/40
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Bottom Line The 2012 Lexus CT 200h is a surprisingly stylish, fun, and unexpected car, blending Lexus levels of refinement with superb hybrid gas mileage. It's the sole compact luxury hybrid hatch, but it offers good value and a new way of driving green. Read Full Review With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one. Read Full Review
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  • Sporty style approaches hot-hatch design
  • Good roadholding
  • Low, sporty driving position
  • High degree of technology
  • Remarkably high real-world mileage


  • Some cabin details not quite Lexus-y
  • High load floor
  • Acceleration can be poky outside Sport mode


  • Excellent handling and stability
  • Class-leading steering feel
  • Nicely configured interior
  • Disc brakes on all models
  • Very refined powertrains (SkyActiv)


  • Optional moonroof limits headroom
  • Base and s still have mediocre gas mileage
  • Road noise
  • Bluetooth reserved for top trims
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