Though it's akin to the Toyota Prius under the hood, the 2012 Lexus CT 200h has a completely different character.
Its high gas mileage is delivered with a dollop of luxury, and much more competently so than in the not-very-successful HS 250h hybrid sedan that's the other low-end Lexus.
It's closer to the Audi A3 or Mazda3 hatchbacks, and while it doesn't have the crisp, sporty handling of either of those cars, it beats them decisively on gas mileage (although depending on whether you drive mostly on highways or in cities, the clean-diesel Audi A3 TDI might give it a run for the money.
And the other hybrid hatchback on offer, the Honda Insight, is smaller, far less luxurious, and actually does no better on gas mileage.
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|2012 Lexus CT 200hBrowse Used Listings||2012 Audi A3Browse Used Listings||2012 Honda InsightBrowse Used Listings||2012 Lexus HS 250hBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2012 Toyota PriusBrowse Used Listings|
|43 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||41 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy||35 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas/Electric I4||Gas/Electric I4||Gas I4||Gas/Electric I4|
|Compact||Small Station Wagons||Compact Cars||Mid-Size||Compact||Midsize Cars|
|FWD 4-Door Hybrid||4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||5-Door CVT PZEV||4-Door Sedan Hybrid||4-Door Sedan Manual i SV||5-Door HB One (SE)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Hatchback||Hatchback||Hatchback||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Hatchback|
|Continuously Variable Ratio||Manual||Continuously Variable Transmission||Continuously variable ratio||Manual||Continuously Variable Ratio|
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|2012 Lexus CT 200h vs. 2012 Audi A3||2012 Lexus CT 200h vs. 2012 Honda Insight||2012 Lexus CT 200h vs. 2012 Lexus HS 250h||2012 Lexus CT 200h vs. 2012 Mazda MAZDA3||2012 Lexus CT 200h vs. 2012 Toyota Prius|