8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2016 Lexus CT Hybrid Review

The 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid ranks toward the top of the luxury small car class, thanks to its excellent ratings for safety and reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Excellent safety and reliability ratings
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Snug rear seats
  • Distracting Remote Touch feature

2016 Lexus CT Hybrid Overview

Is the 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The CT Hybrid is a fuel sipper. It earns high marks for reliability and performs well in crash tests. Those are all excellent traits for a luxury small car. However, you’ll want to look elsewhere for strong passing power or a high-end interior.

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How Much Is the 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid?

Based on roughly 90 listings on our site, the price of a used 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid ranges from about $19,000 to $29,400. The average list price is $23,300. Prices vary depending on the car’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid Cost to Own?

Before deciding on a used model, consider what you’ll pay for its ongoing expenses. The 2016 CT Hybrid’s five-year estimated costs for gas, repairs, maintenance, and insurance total just under $19,100. That’s an impressive figure compared to other cars in the class. The Infiniti Q70 Hybrid’s five-year estimated costs add up to nearly $31,100.  

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

Lexus did not produce the CT Hybrid for 2018. The 2017 costs about $4,000 more than the 2016 model, yet there are few differences between these models. Save money and buy the used 2016.

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There aren’t any new luxury small cars available at the same price as a used 2016 CT 200h hatchback. The closest option is the Acura ILX, which starts $4,800 higher than the 2016 CT Hybrid’s average list price. However, if you’re willing to consider nonluxury brands, there are many appealing and affordable small cars to choose from. The 2018 Kia Soul hatchback is our 2018 Best Compact Car for the Money. It starts at $16,200 and features a spacious cabin with comfortable seats, quality materials, tons of cargo space, a long warranty, and a powerful available engine. Even when loaded with available features, a new Soul is likely to cost less than a used 2016 CT Hybrid.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid?

The 2016 CT Hybrid is the only car in the class to earn a five out of five for reliability rating from J.D. Power.

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2016 Lexus CT Hybrid Recalls

At the time of writing, the 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid has no reported safety recalls.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus CT Hybrid Is Best?

The 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid hatchback is part of the vehicle’s first generation, which began with the 2011 model. Thanks to excellent reliability and good performance on crash tests, the 2014 to 2015 models earn good overall scores. Consider buying one of these models. They are very similar to the 2016 (save for a few minor upgrades), and they cost thousands of dollars less. Tech aficionados may still prefer the 2016. It’s available with the Enform Remote System, which allows you to use your smartphone to lock or remotely start your car.

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Which Used Lexus CT Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid has just one trim, the 200h. However, it’s available with a number of packages and options. Most shoppers should look for models that come with the Display Audio package. It adds a 10-speaker audio system, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, and the useful Lexus Enform Remote app. If you want to avoid the frustrating Remote Touch controller, skip models equipped with the Navigation package.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lexus CT Hybrid Warranty

Lexus also offers certified pre-owned vehicles. For these, 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.

Lexus has one of the best CPO warranty programs available, offering more services and features than most other luxury brands. However, Infiniti’s CPO warranty program is just as good.

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How Safe Is the CT Hybrid?

The Lexus CT 200h performed well in crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest award. The Lexus CT received a top rating of Good in all five IIHS crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not provide safety ratings for the CT Hybrid.

No active safety features come standard. Available safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and park assist.

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2016 Lexus CT Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid or 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA?

The Mercedes-Benz CLA and Lexus CT Hybrid share a couple of cons, including cramped back seats and complicated infotainment systems. While the gas-powered CLA can’t match the CT 200h’s gas mileage, it still earns great fuel economy estimates for a luxury small car. Choose the CLA if you want an upscale interior and sporty handling. Go with the CT Hybrid if you prioritize fuel economy and ride comfort.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid or 2016 Toyota Prius?

For fuel-conscious buyers, the Toyota Prius makes a great budget-friendly alternative to the CT 200h. The Prius gets better gas mileage than the CT Hybrid. It’s also more refined overall, offering a quiet cabin and a composed, cushioned ride. Additionally, the Prius has ample seating space and a larger cargo capacity than the Lexus CT 200h. Unlike the CT Hybrid, the Prius has sufficient power on the highway and smooth regenerative brakes. If you can do without a luxury badge, the Prius is the car the buy.

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2016 CT Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid Drive?

The 2016 Lexus CT 200h’s hybrid powertrain consists of a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine to make 134 horsepower. The CT Hybrid has sufficient power for cruising around town. However, it struggles on hills and getting up to highway passing speeds. You can customize the car’s performance with four driving modes: Normal, Eco, EV, and Sport. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission are standard.  

The CT 200h has agile handling and a comfortable ride for a hybrid vehicle. You can further sharpen its driving dynamics with the F-Sport package, which stiffens the suspension (as well as the ride quality). The CT Hybrid’s brakes feel somewhat uneven, but that’s a common complaint for hybrids.

Does the 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The CT 200h’s sluggish powertrain results in outstanding fuel economy estimates. It delivers class-leading 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

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2016 CT Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 CT Hybrid Seat?

The 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid is a five-seat hatchback. Lexus built the CT 200h’s cabin with quality materials. However, it still falls short of the luxury standards set by many rivals – as well as other Lexus models. Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard; heated front seats and leather upholstery are also available. The front seats are supportive, but the back seats are too cramped for most adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid?

The back row has two complete sets of LATCH connectors in the outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for its ease of use.

2016 Lexus CT Hybrid Features

Dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port come standard. A moonroof, a 10-speaker audio system, navigation, and Siri Eyes Free are available.

The available Lexus Remote Touch infotainment system uses a joystick controller (rather than a touch screen) to make selections on the 7-inch display. Unfortunately, the controller is overly sensitive and can distract the driver. With the available Lexus Enform remote App, you can connect to your vehicle and smartphone, allowing you to remotely lock and unlock doors, start the engine, locate the car, and check the fuel level.

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2016 Lexus CT Hybrid Dimensions

Lexus CT Hybrid Cargo Space

For a luxury small car, the CT 200h has a decent amount of cargo space (14.3 cubic feet). Still, a few rival hatchbacks offer a bit more room for your belongings.

2016 CT Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid is nearly 14.3 feet long. It has a gross vehicle weight of 4,065 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid Built?

Lexus built the 2016 CT Hybrid in Japan.

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