2012 Lexus CT vs. Its Competition

2012 Lexus CT 200h
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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.

2012 Lexus CT 200h2012 Lexus CT
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2012 Honda Insight EX with Navigation2012 Honda Insight
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2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv2012 Mazda MAZDA3
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The 2012 Toyota Prius. Image: Toyota2012 Toyota Prius
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Quick Specs
7.8
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.
8.0
The fashionable, versatile 2012 Audi A3 is as deft for the city commute as it is at ease on the highway.
7.0
The 2012 Honda Insight has been updated for 2012, but it has less space than other subcompacts and lower mileage than several other hybrids.
8.2
With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
7.6
The 2012 Toyota Prius remains the highest-mileage car offered in the U.S., and it's a practical and capacious mid-size hatchback with room for five
MSRP From    
$29,120$27,270$18,500$15,200$23,015
Gas Mileage    
43 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy41 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas/Electric I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas/Electric I4Gas I4Gas/Electric I4
EPA Class    
CompactSmall Station WagonsCompact CarsCompactMidsize Cars
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door Hybrid4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium5-Door CVT4-Door Sedan Manual i SV5-Door HB One (Natl)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door HatchbackHatchbackHatchback4 Door SedanHatchback
Transmission    
Continuously Variable RatioManualContinuously Variable TransmissionManualContinuously Variable Ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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