2017 Lexus CT Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 6.9

Inside the 2017 CT 200h, Lexus uses sustainably-sourced materials for upholstery and dash trim. Critics disagree over the quality of materials. Some claim they’re telling of the car’s low price point, while others think they are high quality, especially compared with other hybrids. An optional feature is Lexus Remote Touch, a joystick-like infotainment controller, which some find distracting and frustrating to use.

Space-wise, there’s just enough, so long as the driver and front passenger are not taller than about 6 feet. Cargo capacity is above average for a small luxury car, but less than what you'll find in many similarly sized hatchbacks.

  • With a greater emphasis on environmental friendliness than traditional luxury, the 2017 CT 200h lacks the opulence expected from a premium brand. You'll find recycled and sustainably sourced materials that replace the typical leather and wood trim whenever practical. That said, the cabin is more refined than the run-of-the-mill hybrid." -- Edmunds
  • “One downside of the cabin is a smattering of low-rent materials, a concession to the car's relatively low price." -- Left Lane News (2016)
  • While the 2015 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)

Seating

The Lexus CT Hybrid seats five and comes standard with leatherette seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Options include leather seats, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable passenger seat.

Lexus aims to make the CT a sporty hybrid. To that end, they position the seats low. Lumbar and side support is great, holding you in place when taking sharp turns. Head- and legroom in the back is adequate, though space behind the driver's seat can be cramped if the driver is tall.

Equipped with LATCH, the CT Hybrid includes lower anchors on both outboard rear seats and tether anchors on all three rear seats. Although they haven’t rated the 2017 model yet, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2016 CT Hybrid’s LATCH system as Marginal. They say the tethers are hard to find, the anchors are too deep in the seats, and both are difficult to operate.

  • "Its front seats provide a pleasing blend of cushioned comfort and sporty lateral support, and the rear seats have enough head- and legroom for two adults. The rear doors are rather narrow, but access is still much better than in a typical two-door coupe." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2016)
  • 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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid include push-button start, a proximity key, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio.

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, and Lexus’ Enform App Suite. You’ll also get Siri Eyes Free, which lets you access contacts, navigation, and music from your phone using voice commands.

Models equipped with the Navigation Package will have Lexus Remote Touch, which is a joystick-type controller used to navigate the infotainment system. Although it uses haptic feedback to make navigating easier, some critics claim the controller is useful, while others say it’s unwieldy and distracting to use while driving.

  • "Primary controls are easy to read and logically placed for ease of use, but the Remote Touch controller for the optional Display Audio and Navigation systems is one of the more puzzling interfaces available. The operator moves a small flat joystick pad to move a cursor on the central display, but in a moving vehicle this setup proves problematic. A haptic feedback feature simulates detents when rolling over screen sections to help locate the virtual buttons, but the entire system remains awkward and difficult to use." -- Edmunds
  • "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)

Cargo

All in all, the Lexus CT 200h’s cargo space is good for a small luxury car due to its hatchback design. However, the Lexus provides less space than most hatchbacks of its size. With the rear seats in use, the CT Hybrid has 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space. This is above average compared to other luxury small cars, like the Audi A3, which only has 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space. The CT Hybrid’s seats fold to allow 34.8 cubic feet of space. However, the BMW i3, which is a hatchback, has a little more space than the Lexus, with 15.1 cubic feet that expands to 36.9 with the rear seats folded down. Other hatchbacks offer even more space.

The high floor level of the CT 200h’s cargo area restricts you from putting taller objects in the back. Instead, you’ll have to get crafty and fold the seats down to fit taller or longer items.

  • "Cargo capacity doesn't rate much better, with only 14.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 34.8 cubic feet with them folded. Other similarly sized hatchbacks can hold much more." -- Edmunds
  • "Thanks to its practical hatchback configuration, the CT 200h boasts a useful … cargo space." -- Left Lane News (2016)
  • 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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