2017 Lexus CT vs. Its Competition

2017 Lexus CT 200h

For five of its seven years on sale, there were no other compact luxury hybrid hatchbacks to be direct competitors to the Lexus CT 200h.

Then, last year, the Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid arrived, with not only a German brand but a feature the CT doesn't have: a plug to let it run solely on grid electricity for 15 miles or so.

The Audi hatchback has been a strong seller for the brand, though hardly in the CT's numbers.

But it likely appeals to a more tech-forward audience than the littlest Lexus, even though the CT is intended to attract new, younger buyers to Lexus.

The well-known Toyota Prius hatchback is a far better car in its latest generation, and it too has a plug-in version, not to mention considerably higher fuel economy and a much better driving experience.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is a luxury hatchback too (even if its optional AWD lets Mercedes dub it a crossover), but there's no hybrid or high-fuel-economy version.

On the sportier side are the Mazda CX-3, which has a similarly tight rear seat to the CT, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI, always a blast to drive and now larger inside than the CT, but with much lower fuel economy.

Finally, the aging Ford C-Max is a five-door compact hybrid tall hatchback, with a number of luxury features in its high-end Titanium model and a plug-in Energi version too.

Visiting a Ford dealer, however, won't be anything like to the cosseting luxury Lexus experience.

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5.7
The unexpectedly sporty character of the 2017 Lexus CT 200h may attract new buyers in the growing segment of luxury compacts, meaning its high fuel economy isn't its only allure.
7.2
The 2017 Mazda CX-3 keeps the most attractive features from last year: its price and its handling.
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The 2017 Toyota Prius closes the gap between "driving a hybrid" and "driving a normal car," even though it still looks like nothing else on the road.
MSRP From  
$31,250$19,960$23,475
Gas Mileage  
43 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy54 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class  
Compact CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDMid-Size Cars
Style Name  
CT 200h F Sport FWDSport FWDOne (SE)
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
HatchbackSport UtilityHatchback
Transmission  
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
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