2016 lexus ct-200h Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Lexus CT 200h gains some minor cosmetic updates including chrome grille and an optional moonroof. Lexus Enform Remote is also now available on cars with navigation or the display audio. Lexus Service Connect, a 4G LTE service, is also now available in the CT 200h.
The 2016 Lexus CT 200h is a compact hybrid hatchback that slots below the IS 250 sedan and is the brand’s entry-level model.
A 1.8-liter I-4 paired to an electric motor backed by nickel metal hydride batteries for a combined output of 134 hp is the only powertrain available in the 2016 CT 200h. The hybrid powertrain is paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Gas mileage is impressive at 43/40 mpg city/highway, making the CT 200h one of the most fuel efficient luxury cars on sale in the US market. For a hatchback, the CT 200h isn’t very practical due to its limited cargo space. Behind the split-folding rear seats there’s only 14.3 cubic feet of volume and with the second row down there’s only 34.8 cubic feet.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the CT 200h also comes with knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Optionally, buyers can opt for the Pre-Collision system, which applies the brakes to prevent or reduce the severity of a collision. Adaptive cruise control is bundled together with the Pre-Collision system.
The 2015 CT 200h was a recipient of the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ award, earning a Good score all five crash tests (Good is the highest possible score). In the frontal crash prevention test, the CT 200h received an Advanced rating after it reduced a 12-mph impact by 7 mph and a 25-mph impact by 6 mph (frontal crash prevention ratings include Basic, Advanced, and Superior).
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features include 10-way power adjustable front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, and Siri Eyes Free. Optional extras include navigation with Lexus Enform Apps such as Yelp, Pandora, Slacker, and iHeartRadio, a rearview camera, a 10-speaker premium audio system, leather upholstery, LED low beams, parking sensors, and heated front seats.
The F Sport version of the CT 200h comes with a unique exterior featuring a black contrast roof, a mesh version of Lexus’ spindle grille, a rear spoiler, two-ton graphite finish 17-inch alloy wheels, and a sport-tuned suspension setup.
What We Think
Despite sharing its powertrain with the Toyota Prius, the Lexus CT 200h is more comfortable, refined and better to drive. In a 2011 First Drive review, we said that the car has a smoother, more comfortable ride and a quieter cabin. Handling, on the other hand, is sporty despite the use of fuel economy-minded tires while steering is well weighted especially in Sport mode. We noted in a 2011 First Test review that the CT 200h has a cabin that’s “suitably upscale” for this price point, with interesting details like the cool shift lever. Rear visibility, on the other hand, is poor due to the small window and second row headrests.
The hybrid powertrain used in the Lexus CT 200h is the same one found in the Toyota Prius.
- Excellent fuel economy
- Smooth powertrain operation
- Quirky interior design
You Won’t Like:
- Limited cargo space for a hatchback
- Slow in a straight line
- Poor rearward visibility