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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
'Good,' all categories; Top Safety Pick
Not yet tested
High-strength steel is generously employed around the rear hatch opening to chassis rigidity and crash-test performance while minimizing weight.
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Safety is a valid concern for luxury shoppers perhaps downsizing from a larger vehicle to the 2012 Lexus CT 200h. But with excellent crash-test scores and a comprehensive set of passive and active safety features, the CT should ease those worries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't yet rated the CT 200h. But in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, it's earned top 'good' ratings in all categories--as well as the vaunted Top Safety Pick designation.
Whether you consider it a luxury car or a high-mileage hybrid, the 2012 CT 200h comes with a very respectable set of safety features. Stability control, anti-lock brakes, Brake Assist, and eight standard airbags (including knee bags for both front occupants) are all standard and a Pre-Collision Safety System is optional.
Thankfully, the beltline isn't too high, so even shorter drivers will have a good view out ahead over the hood, as well as to the side; what's more, we found rearward vision to be surprisingly good, despite those thick rear pillars—in part, because you're down at traffic level.
Going green doesn't appear to have had any negative effect on the safety of the 2012 Lexus CT 200h; and going by crash-test results, it's one of the top-rated hybrids for safety.