2016 Lexus CT vs. Its Competition

2016 Lexus CT 200h

For its first five years on the market, the 2016 Lexus CT 200h had no direct competitors; it was the sole compact luxury hybrid hatchback.

That'll change when the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron arrives, but that's a plug-in hybrid and will likely appeal to a much more tech-forward crowd than the littlest Lexus.

Its closest direct competitor may be the Mercedes-Benz GLA Class, which is marketed as a small crossover utility vehicle but is really a hatchback in shape, capacity, and character.

The Ford C-Max Hybrid is a tall compact five-door hatchback, but despite its nice interior, it's no more than slightly luxurious even in its highest trims.

On the sportier side are the Mazda 3, which has even less room in the rear than the CT does (the new Mazda CX-3 solves that problem, though) and the Volkswagen Golf GTI, always a blast to drive and now larger inside than the CT, but with much lower fuel economy.

2016 Lexus CT 200h2016 Lexus CT
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2016 Audi A32016 Audi A3
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2016 Mazda CX-32016 Mazda CX-3
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The 2016 Lexus CT 200h remains the only small luxury hybrid hatchback, but its blend of fuel economy and sporty character cleverly expands the brand's lineup to lure in new buyers.
The 2016 Audi A3 models offer a variety of body styles, powertrains, and options to battle whatever the small luxury segment has to offer.
The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is stylish, well-equipped, and one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles in its segment.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
43 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class  
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name  
5-Door Sedan Hybrid4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium PlusFWD 4-Door Sport
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
HatchbackSedanSport Utility
CVT w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2016 Lexus CT vs. 2016 Audi A32016 Lexus CT vs. 2016 Mazda CX-3