Lexus vs. Acura: Battle of the Brands in 2017

Lexus CT Hybrid
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Luxury Small Cars

Winner: Lexus (Details Below)

Lexus offers three luxury small cars for 2017: the Lexus CT Hybrid, the IS, and the RC. Two of these models, the 2017 Lexus IS and the 2017 Lexus RC, are solid middle-of-the-pack performers.

The sporty RC coupe earned a 10 out of 10 safety score and had an above average predicted reliability score. It also comes in a very fast and agile RC F edition. The IS ranks just below the RC, but it also has good reliability and excellent safety scores. Although it’s more luxury-focused than sporty.

The 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid is near the bottom of the luxury small car pack in our rankings, but it’s still one place above the 2017 Acura ILX, the only offering from Acura in this segment. The ILX has a low starting price and better than average fuel economy, but its ride, cabin materials, and infotainment system left testers dissatisfied.