The 2016 Lexus CT 200h is a compact hybrid hatchback that slots below the IS 250 sedan and is the brand’s entry-level model.
A 1.8-liter I-4 paired to an electric motor backed by nickel metal hydride batteries for a combined output of 134 hp is the only powertrain available in the 2016 CT 200h. The hybrid powertrain is paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Gas mileage is impressive at 43/40 mpg city/highway, making the CT 200h one of the most fuel efficient luxury cars on sale in the US market. For a hatchback, the CT 200h isn’t very practical due to its limited cargo space. Behind the split-folding rear seats there’s only 14.3 cubic feet of volume and with the second row down there’s only 34.8 cubic feet.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the CT 200h also comes with knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Optionally, buyers can opt for the Pre-Collision system, which applies the brakes to prevent or reduce the severity of a collision. Adaptive cruise control is bundled together with the Pre-Collision system.
The 2015 CT 200h was a recipient of the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ award, earning a Good score all five crash tests (Good is the highest possible score). In the frontal crash prevention test, the CT 200h received an Advanced rating after it reduced a 12-mph impact by 7 mph and a 25-mph impact by 6 mph (frontal crash prevention ratings include Basic, Advanced, and Superior).