2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Review

The 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid ranks in the top third of the luxury small car class. It has top-notch safety scores and a perfect reliability rating, but its lackluster powertrain keeps it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Perfect reliability rating
  • Low cost of ownership


  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Cramped rear seats






Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 10.0
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2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The Lexus CT Hybrid is a decent luxury small car. It gets high marks for reliability and safety, and it has some of the lowest ownership costs in the class. As you’d expect from a hybrid, it also gets fantastic EPA fuel economy estimates compared to rival luxury cars. However, its poor acceleration and some low-end cabin materials detract from its overall appeal.

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How Much Is the 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid?

There are nearly 450 listings for the 2015 CT Hybrid on our site, with an average list price of $20,600. Prices range from $16,700 to $24,600 and vary depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Cost to Own?

Fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repair expenses for the 2015 CT 200h are estimated to be around $22,170 over five years, or about $4,430 per year. That’s well below average for the class. By comparison, those same costs for the Acura ILX are estimated to be around $2,630 more than the CT Hybrid’s five-year costs.

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

Lexus discontinued the CT Hybrid after the 2017 model year, so you cannot buy a new model. No new luxury small cars can compete with the 2015 CT 200h when it comes to price. If you’re not dead set on a luxury car, there are plenty of new compact cars with starting prices below the CT’s average price. The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback retails for $19,990 and has lots of standard safety features, good EPA fuel economy estimates, standard Apple CarPlay, and more cargo room than the Lexus. The 2019 Kia Forte costs even less, starting at $17,690. Compared to the CT Hybrid, it also has more standard tech and safety features, as well as a larger trunk.  

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Which Model Year of the Lexus CT Hybrid Is Best?

The 2015 CT Hybrid belongs to a generation that launched for the 2011 model year. The 2016 CT Hybrid gained an available Enform Remote. Lexus made no major changes to the 2017 CT Hybrid, and the car was discontinued after the 2017 model year.

Lexus refreshed the CT Hybrid for 2014, giving it an upgraded infotainment system and stereo, as well as new exterior and interior styling. The 2014 CT Hybrid is a good bet.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid?

The 2015 CT 200h has a class-leading reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Recalls

As of this writing, no recalls have been issued for the 2015 CT Hybrid.

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Which Used Lexus CT Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 four-door CT Hybrid hatchback comes in one trim level: the 200h. It’s decently equipped with a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a moonroof.

Lexus offered several packages for the CT 200h when it was new. The Seat Comfort package adds heated front seats and a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. The Premium package includes all the Seat Comfort package's features, also adding rain-sensing windshield wipers and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Luxury package includes all those, plus perforated leather-trimmed seats.

The Display Audio package features a 7-inch display, HD Radio, a 10-speaker premium sound system, Siri Eyes Free, another USB port, and a rearview camera. There’s also a Navigation package that adds many of the features above plus a navigation system, the Lexus Enform App Suite with connectivity through apps like Pandora and Yelp, and the Remote Touch controller.

The CT Hybrid can also be had with an F Sport package that features a sport-tuned suspension and interior and exterior styling enhancements. Standalone options include front and rear parking sensors, a pre-collision warning system, and adaptive cruise control.

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What Does Lexus' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lexus offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus CPO vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles. Every CPO Lexus must pass a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like loaner cars, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Lexus has the best CPO program in the industry.

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How Safe Is the CT Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+, giving it the highest rating of Good in every area tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the CT 200h.

No standard active safety features come standard in this luxury hatchback. A rearview camera is available, as are front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Audi A3 is an OK luxury small car. It’s available with all-wheel drive and it has a lineup of potent powertrains, sporty handling, a well-made interior, and an intuitive infotainment system. On the other hand, it also has a poor reliability rating, tight rear seats, and a small trunk. The biggest demerit, however, is its reliability score, which is one of the worst possible. That makes the A3 a tough car to recommend.

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

The 2015 Toyota Prius is essentially the nonluxury version of the CT Hybrid. Both hatchbacks have some mixed-quality cabin materials, sluggish acceleration, and top-notch reliability ratings. They even have the same horsepower rating. However, the Prius has a lower average price than the CT Hybrid by about $3,100, and it has more head- and legroom in both rows, a larger trunk, and better fuel economy estimates. Go with the Prius.

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2015 CT Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Drive?

Every CT Hybrid features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that produce a combined 134 horsepower. A nickel-metal battery pack, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and front-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is unavailable.

Power output with the CT is adequate for city driving, but acceleration feels sluggish when measured against rival Audis or BMWs. The CVT can also be slow to respond. For something more performance-oriented and sporty, consider the 2015 Lexus RC.

Lexus’ Drive Mode Select system features Normal, Eco, EV, and Sport driving modes. Handling is balanced while steering is precise, especially in Sport mode. Adding the F-Sport package makes it sportier but reduces ride comfort. Some critics also thought the regenerative brakes felt somewhat numb.

Does the 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The CT Hybrid has class-leading fuel economy estimates of 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

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2015 CT Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 CT Hybrid Seat?

This hatchback seats five people on synthetic leather upholstery. A ten-way power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard as well. Heated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and leather upholstery are available.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, but the rear seats are cramped. The cabin drew mixed reviews, with some critics finding it full of premium, quality materials and others pointing to the CT's low-rent build quality.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid?

This vehicle has two complete sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors on the rear seats and an additional tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The lower anchors are set deeply in the seats and can be hard to maneuver around, and some of the tether anchors can be confused for other hardware.

2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Features

The base 2015 CT 200h features a USB port, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker stereo, as well as push-button start, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a moonroof.

A navigation system, the Lexus Enform App Suite, a 7-inch display, a Remote Touch controller, a premium 10-speaker sound system, Siri Eyes Free, and a second USB port are available. The available Remote Touch controller functions like a computer mouse. It’s been widely maligned in other Lexus products for being frustrating to use.

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2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Dimensions

Lexus CT Hybrid Cargo Space

This Lexus has a 14.3 cubic-foot trunk. That’s decent among luxury small cars, though a few hatchbacks have more room.

2015 CT Hybrid Length and Weight

This vehicle is about 14.3 feet long. It has a curb weight of 3,130 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Lexus CT Hybrid Built?

Lexus built the 2015 CT 200h in Japan.


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