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Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Lexus CT Hybrid Review

The 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid cracks the top half of its class rankings on the strength of good predicted reliability and very low associated ownership costs compared to rivals. On the other hand, it has anemic performance and ho-hum interior accommodations.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Above-average predicted reliability rating
  • Low associated ownership costs
  • Good amount of cargo space
  • Tepid acceleration
  • Frustrating infotainment controller
  • Jarring ride in F Sport trim

2017 Lexus CT Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid – also known as the CT 200h – is a decent car. Great fuel economy, an above-average predicted reliability rating, and excellent safety scores make this a practical buying choice. The CT also has reasonable average list prices and very low ownership costs compared to more expensive rivals.

However, if you’re looking for a fun-to-drive car or one with the utmost luxury, you’ll want to pass on this Lexus. Its hybrid powertrain delivers snoozeworthy acceleration, and the regenerative brakes detract from the driving experience. The eco-friendly materials used in the cabin lack the quality of other luxury vehicles, and the infotainment system is tough to use.

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How Much Is the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid?

Prices for the 2017 CT Hybrid range from about $22,400 to around $29,000, with the average price landing just above $26,000. This data comes from the few dozen listings for the 2017 CT Hybrid on our site. Exact prices fluctuate depending on each vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid tends to be more affordable than most of its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance. You can expect to pay around $22,200 over five years for these expenses. By comparison, a 2017 Audi A3’s five-year costs are about $3,400 more than the CT’s, and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA’s costs are about $6,300 more.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New CT Hybrid?

2017 was the last model year that the Lexus CT 200h was sold new in North America. As such, there is no 2018 model to compare it with.

There aren’t any new luxury small cars that you can get for what you might pay for a used 2017 CT Hybrid. The closest option pricewise is the 2018 Acura ILX, which has a base price of just over $28,000. The ILX comes with similar standard features to the CT, but its engine is a little more energetic and it gets great fuel economy for a nonhybrid.

You could also consider higher-level trims of compact cars or other hybrids. The 2018 Honda Civic (MSRP: $18,940) has one of the nicest interiors in its class, and the car only gets better as you move up the trim ladder. Fully loaded Civics are only about $1,000 more than the average price for a used CT Hybrid. If you’re attracted to the CT 200h because it’s a hybrid, you’d be well-served to look at a 2018 Toyota Prius (MSRP: $23,745) as well. The Prius gets awesome fuel economy (up to 58/53 mpg city/highway), comes with a ton of standard advanced safety features, and boasts much more cargo space than the CT Hybrid.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus CT Hybrid Is Best?

The 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid is part of the car’s first generation, which began with the 2011 model year. There were few notable changes over the last several years, so you can likely save money and get a similar car by shopping for an older model. Enform Remote Touch debuted for the 2016 model year, and the 2014 CT Hybrid refreshed the interior and exterior styling and added updated infotainment and stereo systems.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid?

The 2017 CT 200h has a predicted reliability rating of four out of five. That’s a good score for the class and better than the industry-wide average score of three.

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2017 Lexus CT Hybrid Recalls

As of this writing, there are no open recalls that apply to the 2017 Lexus CT 200h.

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Which Used Lexus CT Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid comes in two trims: the CT 200h base model and the CT 200h F Sport. Front-wheel drive, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and a 1.8-liter hybrid powertrain are standard in both models.

The CT F Sport comes with a sport suspension and some appearance upgrades, but it makes for a stiffer ride. Therefore, you'll likely want to stick with the base model.

You'll also probably want to look for some common convenience features to supplement the somewhat sparsely outfitted standard features list. Models with the Navigation package include niceties like a rearview camera, navigation, an infotainment system, and the Lexus Enform App Suite. You may also want to find a CT Hybrid with the Luxury package, which adds features like leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, and seat memory settings.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lexus CT Hybrid Warranty

For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

Lexus has one of the most comprehensive CPO programs among luxury brands. Mercedes and Infiniti have similarly robust CPO coverage and benefits.

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How Safe Is the CT Hybrid?

The 2017 Lexus CT 200h earns excellent crash test scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It gets the organization’s highest rating of Good in five individual tests, as well as a 2017 Top Safety Pick designation. The CT Hybrid has not been evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There are no standard advanced safety or driver assistance features in the 2017 CT 200h. Available technologies include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and a pre-collision system with forward collision warning and automatic braking.

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2017 Lexus CT Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid or 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA is the brand’s entry-level model, and as such, it has some low-rent cabin materials. It’s also short on interior space, and some infotainment features can be confusing. The CLA beats out the CT Hybrid in performance, with a capable base engine and sporty handling. It also gets decent fuel economy. Both of these cars have solid predicted reliability ratings, but the Lexus has lower average prices and much lower associated ownership costs. For these reasons, the CT Hybrid is the better buy.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid or 2017 Audi A3?

The 2017 Audi A3’s bottom-half position in our rankings is mostly due to its below-average predicted reliability rating. Ignoring that (especially considering the CT’s above-average reliability score), the A3 is the better car. It has an upscale cabin and user-friendly tech features. There are four powertrains available, and you can find A3 models with all-wheel drive. Sharp handling also contributes to the A3’s solid overall performance. While average list prices are a little higher for the A3 than the CT Hybrid, this Audi still has relatively low ownership costs for the class. Unless you’re set on the CT for its hybrid capabilities, you’re probably better off with the A3.

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2017 CT Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid Drive?

Using a 1.8-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine paired with two electric motors, the CT Hybrid produces 134 horsepower. Lethargy from the engine is most pronounced when you floor the gas pedal to climb hills, merge into traffic, or pass other cars. Beyond the CT Hybrid’s tepid engine power, the continuously variable transmission – which functions like an automatic – isn’t particularly responsive. The Lexus CT Hybrid has four driving modes: Normal, Eco, EV, and Sport. The transmission’s throttle response is not as quick in Eco mode as it is in Normal mode. EV mode uses solely electricity to move the car – as long as you stay under 25 mph and don’t stomp the gas pedal. Throttle responses are quicker in Sport mode than in Normal mode.

The CT Hybrid has composed handling and precise steering. Steering responses are quicker in the F Sport trim, thanks to its upgraded handling and suspension. However, the ride might be too firm for some. Non-F Sport CT Hybrids ride comfortably. Brake feel is sometimes a drawback in hybrid vehicles. Regenerative brakes – which capture energy when slowing the car to charge the battery pack – are often criticized for being grabby or squishy. In the CT Hybrid, they feel inconsistent. Critics attribute this to Lexus’ attempt to make the regenerative brakes feel sportier.

Does the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Lexus CT 200h gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Those are among the best numbers in the class of luxury small cars, but that should come as no surprise given that the CT is a hybrid.

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2017 CT Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 CT Hybrid Seat?

The 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid is a hatchback that seats five. The front seats provide good comfort and support. These seats also keep you in place around turns thanks to their low positioning and solid side bolstering. There’s plenty of space in the front, and the back seats should offer sufficient legroom, unless the driver is taller and needs to push the seat all the way back. Leatherette upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard, while heated front seats, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, and a power-adjustable passenger seat are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid?

There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the CT’s rear seat, in addition to a top tether anchor for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The lower anchors are unique in that they’re hidden behind zippers at the base of the seats, but they’re still buried deep in the cushions and difficult to maneuver your hands around. The tether anchors are easy to find, though you may initially confuse them for other hardware.

2017 Lexus CT Hybrid Features

Standard features in the 2017 CT 200h include push-button start, proximity key entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. Available features include a moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a 10-speaker stereo system, Lexus’ Remote Touch infotainment system, navigation, and Lexus’ Enform App Suite. You’ll also get Siri Eyes Free, which lets you access contacts, navigation, and music from your phone using voice commands.

The optional remote touch controller – similar to a computer mouse – is used to make selections on the display screen. Some will find it too sensitive and distracting to use while driving.

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2017 Lexus CT Hybrid Dimensions

Lexus CT Hybrid Cargo Space

Cargo capacity in the 2017 CT 200h is among the best in the class. With the rear seats up, there’s 14.3 cubic feet of space. Fold these seats down for up to 34.8 cubic feet of cargo room.

2017 CT Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2017 Lexus CT 200h is 14.3 feet long and has a curb weight of 3,130 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid Built?

Lexus built the 2017 CT 200h in Japan.

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