The 2013 Lexus CT 200h is a totally different car to the Toyota Prius whose powertrain it shares.
Its 42-mpg combined gas mileage comes with far more luxury, and it's a lot more fun to drive.
High-end Prius models include some of the same features--and they're roomier--but the Lexus luxury brand sets the CT apart.
It competes more directly with the Audi A3, now at the end of its model life, especially with the high-efficiency A3 TDI diesel model.
There's also the new SkyActiv engine in the Mazda3, which delivers consistent real-world mileage in the mid- to high 30s.
Both of those cars offer sportier, crisper handling.
The Volkswagen GTI is pure hot hatch, without the luxury fittings or image, and a new competitor may be the high-end models of the Ford C-Max Hybrid.
It's rated at 47 mpg--higher than the CT--and has more room inside, a healthy set of standard and optional features, and handling that's the equal of the little Lexus.
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|43 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||42 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas/Electric I4||Gas I4|
|Compact||Small Station Wagons||Large Car||Compact|
|5-Door Sedan Hybrid||4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||5-Door HB SEL||4-Door Sedan Manual i SV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front-wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Continuously Variable Ratio||Manual||Continuously Variable Ratio||Manual|
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|2013 Lexus CT vs. 2013 Audi A3||2013 Lexus CT vs. 2013 Ford C-Max||2013 Lexus CT vs. 2013 Mazda MAZDA3|