2016 Lexus CT Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.0

According to some auto writers, the Lexus CT 200h’s interior is built with top-notch materials. However, others report that the CT Hybrid's cabin materials aren’t up to the standard found in other Lexus models. The CT Hybrid's front seats are incredibly supportive, but its back seat has limited legroom, reviewers write. Test drivers think the CT 200h's mouse-like infotainment system controller can be distracting for drivers. The 2016 Lexus CT 200h has good cargo space for an upscale small car. Still, hatchbacks typically have a bit more space than the CT Hybrid.

  • While the 2016 Lexus CT 200h doesn't offer a lot of room to spread out, the intimate surroundings make it impossible to ignore the high-quality materials and features inside." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • “One downside of the cabin is a smattering of low-rent materials, a concession to the car's relatively low price." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • If you were expecting the passenger cabin of the 2014 Lexus CT 200h to be done up in the same lavish soft leather and gleaming wood found in the luxury brand's other models, well, you'll be disappointed. That said, the interior does have a classy look and the soft-touch materials -- even the standard premium vinyl upholstery -- are entirely suitable for this class of car." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "We've poked and prodded everything the CT's cabin has to offer, and we can report that the quality of the materials is outstanding for this price point. The crisp electroluminescent gauges exude a similarly premium attitude." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Seating

The 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a four-way power-adjustable front passenger’s seat. Seating options include leather upholstery and heated front seats. Reviewers agree that the front seats are comfortable and offer plenty of support for spirited driving. However, they complain that back-seat legroom is lacking.

  • "Inside the CT 200h, Lexus promises a highly-focused driver's environment aimed at creating a ‘sporting driving experience.’ To achieve that, this hybrid features a low driver's seat with increased lateral and lumbar support." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The sporty front seats give you plenty of side support for those times you decide to drive aggressively." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Because the CT 200h is a Lexus, it's easy to forget that it's roughly the size of a Ford Focus, with similarly cramped rear quarters. If a 6-footer's behind the wheel, it'll be tough to squeeze an adult in back with any semblance of comfort." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "The front seats are well bolstered and supportive." -- Edmunds (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Lexus CT 200h include a six-speaker stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, proximity key, push-button start, a USB port and Bluetooth. Optional features include front and rear parking sensors, a moonroof, a rearview camera, a 10-speaker stereo system, adaptive cruise control, Lexus’ Remote Touch infotainment system, navigation, Lexus’ Enform App Suite and Siri Eyes Free mode, which lets you access contacts, get turn-by-turn directions and select music from iTunes with voice commands.

The CT Hybrid's infotainment system is controlled by what reviewers describe as a mouse-like joystick that manipulates a cursor on the center stack’s display screen. While some think the controller is intriguing, others say it can be overly responsive to touch, making it difficult and distracting to select icons while driving.

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  • "The Lexus infotainment system uses a unique mouse-like interface called Remote Touch. Mounted on the center console, a joystick-like control moves a cursor on the screen, providing 'haptic feedback' as you mouse over various controls. It's very clever and cool." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "When you opt for the Display Audio or Navigation package, you get the Lexus Remote Touch system, a mouselike device that controls a cursor on a large centrally located screen. Although interacting with this interface is very similar to using a computer mouse, the ultra-sensitive nature of the controller can make it clumsy and distracting to use while driving." -- Edmunds (2014)

Cargo

The 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid has 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. That's the second most cargo room for an upscale small car, but some critics think it is fairly small for a hatchback. A few also complain that the CT Hybrid’s high cargo floor limits your ability to store tall items and that interior storage spaces are few.

  • "Thanks to its practical hatchback configuration, the CT 200h boasts a useful … cargo space." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Storage space for small everyday items is limited to a smallish glovebox and front door map pockets. Behind its rear seats, the CT 200h has 14.3 cubic feet of luggage space, which is small by normal hatchback standards." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • 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 (2013)

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