2013 Lexus CT Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Lexus CT Hybrid was new.


Interior: 6.5

Although the 2013 Lexus CT 200h comes well-equipped with tech features, some reviewers are disappointed with the CT 200h’s materials and build quality, saying it doesn’t meet their expectations for a Lexus and can’t compete with the CT 200h’s German rivals like the Volkswagen GTI and Audi A3. Test drivers are also disappointed with the CT 200h’s lack of interior storage, confusing navigation system and cramped second-row seats, though the latter is a common complaint for small cars.

  • "Though snug, the CT 200h cabin does not scrimp on materials or features." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "If you're expecting standard Lexus opulence and lots of wood trim, you won't find it here." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "We've never been particularly fond of Lexus' choice of layout and materials for its center stack, however, and little has changed with the CT 200h. For some reason, their choices have somehow always come across as ‘less-than’ when compared to the equivalent Germans." -- Autoblog (2011)


Like many of its rivals, the five-seat Lexus CT 200h’s rear seats are cramped for adults, but reviewers think the front seats are comfortable. The driver and front passenger seats have good head- and legroom, but one reviewer mentions that the CT 200h sits low to the ground, which makes it hard to enter and exit the front seats. Reviewers also say that visibility is a mixed bag. Forward visibility is good, but rear visibility is hampered when the rear headrests are raised.

  • "The form-fitting front bucket seats are generously bolstered for lateral support." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Sufficient headroom and legroom for adults on comfortable seats, but the seating position is low enough to make ingress and egress awkward for taller folks. ... Visibility is good to the front corners but only average to the sides. Rear-corner visibility is poor with the rear-seat headrests up, but lowering them (a rather awkward process) unveils a helpful rear-quarter window." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Drivers will appreciate the CT200h's low seating position, rakish steering angle, and fat steering wheel, all of which are decidedly un-Prius-like." -- Popular Mechanics (2011)

Interior Features

The 2013 CT 200h comes with push-button start, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, USB port and Bluetooth. Optional features include a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio and navigation. Safety features such as a rearview camera and a pre-collision warning system are also optional.

Several test drivers like that the CT 200h’s interior controls are angled toward the driver, but they don’t agree on whether or not the features are easy to use. Some reviewers think that the navigation system, which is operated through a computer mouse-like controller, isn’t confusing, while another says that the navigation system absorbs audio functions, making it harder to use certain features. This test driver says that without the navigation system, the controls are straightforward.

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  • "Driver-focused touches abound within the cockpit. The shifter sits high on the angled center stack, within easy reach of the driver, and Lexus's stellar Remote Touch controller governs the navigation system. This ergonomic controller is essentially a mouse that sits on the driver side of the center console and it's remarkably easy to use." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • With or without the navigation system, the climate controls are mounted high within easy reach, but nearly all are tedious repetitive-step pushbuttons. The audio controls are mounted low and recessed, but are also easy to reach. Without navigation, they consist of simple buttons and knobs. With navigation, however, most functions get absorbed into the dashboard screen, making adjustments slightly more complicated." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The normal cadre of redundant switches for volume, channel and phone functions are easy to read and manipulate, as is the center-mounted climate control stack." -- Autoblog (2011)


The Lexus CT 200h has 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. The CT 200h’s cargo space is good for a hybrid hatchback, but reviewers say the cargo area’s high floor limits what can fit inside. Test drivers also mention that the cabin lacks storage space, and that the glove box and door bins are too small.

  • The squared-off hatchback body style makes for a useful cargo area, but a high floor, which sits level with the top of the rear bumper, limits the height of objects that will fit." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Cargo capacity of the glovebox, door bins and center bin is unimpressive, which means there's not much in-cabin storage." -- Edmunds (2012)

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