2017 Lexus CT 200h F Sport

Pros: More nimble and fun to drive than you might expect for a hybrid, especially in F Sport trim; upscale interior materials; impressive fuel economy

Cons: Middling acceleration; some drivers dislike Remote Touch system’s joystick control interface; seating is cramped both front and rear for large occupants; poor rear visibility; fairly stiff ride

CG Says: The Lexus CT 200h is essentially unchanged for 2017. Lexus positions the CT 200h as a fuel-sipping alternative to other small, luxury-oriented hatchbacks. Th F Sport model has unique styling and sport-tuned suspension. At its base sticker price of about $32,000, the CT is a decent value and a nice way to get your foot in the door of the Lexus brand. Pricey options make it easy to send the sticker price skyward, putting the CT at a disadvantage against similarly priced rivals. Unless you place top priority on the Lexus badge and the privileges of ownership that entails, you would be better served with the thriftier, more practical, mechanically similar Toyota Prius.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Lexus
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Base: $31,250
F Sport: $32,980

Base Engine
1.8-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Horsepower
134
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
43
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
40