2013 Lexus CT Hybrid Review

The 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid sits near the bottom of our luxury small car class. It earns excellent safety scores and has lots of cargo space, but its underpowered motor and cheap cabin materials can’t match the offerings of class competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Useful cargo space
  • Slow acceleration
  • Unimpressive cabin materials




Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 6.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 10.0
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2013 Lexus CT Hybrid Overview

Is the 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid a Good Used Car?

A used 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid is not a good choice for your next luxury small car. Though this hatchback’s hybrid powertrain makes it one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the class, the setup struggles at highway speeds. Inside, cabin material quality falls short of luxury class expectations.

Used 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid – also known as the 200h – is powered by a 134-horsepower four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and a continuously variable automatic transmission. In a class of mostly gas-only vehicles, this hybrid hatchback stands out for its excellent fuel economy estimates: 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

The CT 200h has fairly nimble handling and a comfortable ride. However, its steering lacks feedback, and its regenerative brakes are overly sensitive. Further, acceleration is underwhelming on highways and hills. You can customize your driving experience with four selectable drive modes: Normal, Eco, EV, and Sport. Eco mode is the most fuel-efficient but offers the slowest acceleration, while Sport mode sharpens the car’s steering and overall handling.

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The five-seat 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid’s low-quality interior materials are disappointing not only for a luxury car, but for a Lexus in general. In comparison, most rivals feature handsome finishes and styling. The CT Hybrid’s front seats have good head- and legroom, but adults won’t find much space in the car’s back seats. Because it’s a hatchback, the 2013 CT 200h has more cargo space than its sedan rivals.

Standard features include push-button start, satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Models equipped with the available navigation system also come with Lexus’ Remote Touch – a mouselike controller that can complicate basic functions, like audio adjustments. Models without navigation have user-friendly cabin controls.

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Used 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid Prices

The average price of a used 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid is about $15,400, depending on the car’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid?

The 2013 CT Hybrid has a reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s an average score for the automotive market, but most luxury small cars earn higher marks.

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How Safe Is the CT Hybrid?

The 2013 CT 200h received strong safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: a Top Safety Pick award in addition to the highest rating of Good in all four crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not evaluate the 2013 CT Hybrid for safety.

Lexus offers a rearview camera, pre-collision braking with adaptive cruise control, and rear parking sensors as available safety features in the CT Hybrid.

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Is the 2013 CT Hybrid the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Lexus CT 200h is part of the car’s first generation, which launched in 2011. There’s little difference between the 2011, 2012, and 2013 models, so you’ll probably save money by purchasing an earlier model year. The 2012 model added an available F-Sport package, while the 2013 added only an available park assist system.

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Which Used Lexus CT Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The Lexus CT Hybrid is available in two trims: 200h and 200h F Sport. The CT 200h base model comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth. The base trim should be sufficient for the average shopper who wants a sporty yet comfortable ride. The 200h F Sport trim boosts the car’s driving dynamics, adding a sport-tuned suspension and performance-inspired styling elements, including aluminum pedals and a mesh front grille.

Both models are available with a number of packages, which can add features like navigation, HD Radio, a premium 10-speaker stereo, perforated leather seats, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, the Lexus Enform App Suite, and Lexus’ Remote Touch controller.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned CT Hybrid for added peace of mind. 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. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Lexus CT Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid or 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid?

The Acura ILX Hybrid sedan is the only other hybrid in the class. Like the CT Hybrid, it has poor acceleration. The Acura also can’t match the Lexus’ fuel economy. Still, it’s the better car overall. The ILX Hybrid has a perfect reliability rating, class-appropriate cabin materials, and a standard rearview camera. Go with the Acura.

Which Is Better: 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid or 2013 Audi A5?

The Audi A5 earns the highest fuel economy estimates among nonhybrid vehicles in the luxury small car class. In addition, it offers everything the CT Hybrid doesn’t: potent engines and premium cabin materials. The A5 also earns a better reliability rating and comes with many more standard and available features. The A5 is the car to get.

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