8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Review

The 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid has down-market cabin materials and lackluster engine power, but it ranks among the better upscale small cars thanks to a strong predicted reliability rating and a low cost of ownership 

Pros & Cons

 

 

  • Great fuel economy
  • Low projected ownership costs
  • Excellent predicted reliability rating

 

 

 

 

  • Poor acceleration
  • Stiff F Sport suspension
  • Subpar cabin materials

 

 

2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Aside from its excellent fuel economy estimates and below-average total cost of ownership, there aren’t many reasons to choose the 2015 Lexus CT 200h. Most other upscale small cars offer more high-end cabin materials, roomier back seats, and more-intuitive cabin technology. They also offer greater engine power.

Used 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Performance and Interior

The 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid’s powertrain consists of a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that make a combined 134 horsepower. This setup produces underwhelming acceleration. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. According to the EPA, the Lexus CT Hybrid earns 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, which are some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class. The 2015 CT 200h delivers sporty handling and composure through turns, thanks to its sharp steering. The available CT F Sport adds features that enhance the car’s performance but create a harsher ride.

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The CT 200h is a hatchback with five seats. For a luxury vehicle, the CT Hybrid’s cabin materials are subpar compared to those of more-luxurious rivals. The front seats are comfortable, but there isn’t much legroom in the rear. Both outboard rear seats have two lower anchors for securing car seats, while all three seats have an upper tether anchor.

The 2015 Lexus CT 200h comes standard with a USB port, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free, which allows you to access contacts, get turn-by-turn directions, and select music from iTunes using voice commands. The available Lexus Remote Touch infotainment system's controller operates much like a computer mouse, so it can be difficult for drivers to select on-screen menu items without diverting their attention from the road.

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Used 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Prices

The average price of a 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid is about $21,200, but that can vary depending on the car's equipment, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid?

The 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid scores 4.5 out of five in J.D. Power and Associates’ projected reliability ratings. That’s an excellent score for the industry and one of the best in the upscale small car class.

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How Safe Is the CT Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the CT Hybrid a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, giving it the top rating of Good in all five crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not evaluate the 2015 CT Hybrid.

Unlike most other cars in the class, the Lexus CT Hybrid doesn’t come standard with any advanced safety equipment. A rearview camera, parking sensors, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control are available.

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Should I Consider Another Used CT Hybrid?

The 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid is included in the car's first generation, which began with the 2011 model year and continued through the 2017 model year. For 2014, Lexus refreshed the CT Hybrid's exterior and interior and updated the infotainment system. Aside from the addition of Siri Eyes Free, the 2015 model is nearly identical, so you can save money and get a similarly equipped vehicle by purchasing a 2014 model.

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Which Used Lexus CT Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2015 CT Hybrid hatchback comes in two trims: CT 200h and the performance-oriented CT F Sport. Both trims have the same hybrid powertrain setup.

The Lexus CT 200h comes with leatherette upholstery, dual-zone climate control, a moonroof, push-button start, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, and Siri Eyes Free.

The Lexus CT F Sport adds stiffer shocks and dampers, a rear spoiler, a mesh front grille, larger wheels, and a choice of leatherette or leather upholstery.

Despite its excellent reliability rating, a certified pre-owned Lexus is also worth considering. 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 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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2015 Lexus CT Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid or 2015 Toyota Prius?

The Toyota Prius and CT Hybrid are hatchbacks with the same cons: poor acceleration and low-rent cabin materials. The Prius isn't a luxury car, however, and its cost of ownership is lower than the CT Hybrid's. The Prius also has 7 extra cubic feet of cargo space, a perfect predicted reliability rating, and significantly higher fuel economy estimates (51/48 mpg city/highway).

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid or 2015 Lexus IS?

Between the two Lexus vehicles, the IS is the better choice. It offers a luxurious interior with premium materials, sharp steering, and a smooth, agile ride. It also has plenty of room in both the front and back seats. However, the IS does have the same tricky infotainment controller as the CT 200h, and its fuel economy estimates are low.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid or 2015 Audi A3?

The Audi A3 won our 2015 Best Upscale Small Car for the Money award, and it’s the better car for a number of reasons. The A3 has a user-friendly infotainment system, premium cabin materials, agile handling, and four engine options with plenty of power. However, the CT Hybrid has a bit more interior and trunk space.

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