2014 Lexus CT 200h vs. Its Competition

2014 Lexus CT 200h
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The 2014 Lexus CT 200h has few direct competitors, since there are no other luxury compact hybrid hatchbacks on the market.

The high end of the expanding Toyota Prius range may be a jumping-off point for buyers of the littlest Lexus, which has less room but is more fun to drive--and offers far more features and options than any Prius.

The Ford C-Max is a more family-oriented hybrid hatchback, and offers a lot more luxury and style inside than most buyers expected--though its real-world gas mileage tends to be lower than its EPA ratings.

On the luxury label front, the Audi A3 hatchback is now in its final year before replacement, and its TDI diesel model comes closest to the CT's fuel efficiency, at least on the highway.

The all-new Audi A3 next year should provide tougher competition.

The Volkswagen GTI is similarly in its last year before an all-new 2015 model, but we're not sure how much cross-shopping VW and Lexus buyers do.

Finally, we're waiting to drive the all-new 2014 Mazda 3, which has been redesigned around its ultra-efficient four-cylinder engine.

That might be the most fun competitor to the Lexus, though it'll start at little more than half the price--which really only underscores the Lexus CT's unique market niche.

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The 2014 Lexus CT 200h is still the only compact luxury hybrid hatchback--and it's a lot more fun to drive than you might imagine.
7.8
Compared to the Toyota Prius, the 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi provide more driving enjoyment as well as a more comfortable, stylish interior -- even if they don't quite measure up in real-world fuel efficiency.
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The 2014 Mazda 3 stands out from the small-car crowd, with its sport-car-influenced proportions and sporty driving experience; but its tight, noisy cabin means that it’s not at all the best pick for pragmatists.
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The 2013 Audi A3 wears its age well, and remains a sporty, versatile choice for compact hatchback buyers who can afford a little luxury.
MSRP From    
$32,050N/A$16,945$25,095$27,270
Gas Mileage    
43 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas/Electric I-4N/ARegular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsN/ACompact CarsCompact CarsSmall Station Wagons
Style Name    
5-Door Sedan HybridN/A4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door HB Manual Wolfsburg PZEV4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
5N/A555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
HatchbackN/ASedanHatchbackHatchback
Transmission    
CVT w/ODN/AManual w/ODManual w/ODManual