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.
Get FREE Dealer Quotes
|2014 Lexus CT 200hBrowse Used Listings||2014 Ford C-MaxGet Your Price||2014 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2014 Volkswagen GTIBrowse Used Listings||2013 Audi A3Browse Used Listings|
|43 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I-4||N/A||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|Compact Cars||N/A||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Small Station Wagons|
|5-Door Sedan Hybrid||N/A||4-Door Sedan Manual i SV||4-Door HB Manual Wolfsburg PZEV||4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium|
|Front Wheel Drive||N/A||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|CVT w/OD||N/A||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual|