Pros

  • Typical superb Lexus build quality and reliability.
  • Shares vast majority of mechanicals with Toyota Hybrid models.
  • This equates to affordable parts and ease when it comes to support.
  • Arguably the pick when it comes to premium hybrid small cars.

Cons

  • You won’t be winning any drag races, unless the opponent is on foot.
  • Overall driving dynamics lack depth and character.
  • Good examples often ask a premium.
  • Infotainment operation not to everyones taste, especially for those right hand dominant.

Verdict

If you are considering purchasing a hybrid car like the Lexus CT200h, it could be a worthwhile choice. However, when weighing your options between the CT200h, an electric vehicle (EV), or a plug-in hybrid, the Lexus may stand out, especially if environmental considerations and emotional well-being are significant factors for...

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  • The Lexus CT200h, introduced in 2011, concluded its production in 2022 and is recognized as the world’s first premium hybrid hatchback.
  • Beneath its luxurious exterior, it shares the same 1.8-litre petrol 4-Cylinder with CVT and Electric Motor mechanics as the Toyota Prius, albeit recalibrated for a more sophisticated feel.
  • The range comprises a single model with a front-wheel drive powertrain, available in three primary trim specifications and additional variants for variety.
  • Lexus performed upgrades on the CT200h, notably in 2014 when the polarising spindle-style front grille was introduced, alongside enhancements in equipment levels, NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness), and suspension comfort.
  • Another revision occurred in 2017, subtly refreshing the aesthetics and implementing a substantial update to the safety technology.
  • Lexus’s renowned reputation for reliability and exceptional build quality adds to the appeal of the CT200h as an attractive hybrid option with a premium badge.
  • Despite its virtues, there are imperfections that warrant consideration, prompting further exploration of the CT200h’s details.
  • The Lexus CT200h, introduced in 2011, concluded its production in 2022 and is recognized as the world’s first premium hybrid hatchback.
  • Beneath its luxurious exterior, it shares the same 1.8-litre petrol 4-Cylinder with CVT and Electric Motor mechanics as the Toyota Prius, albeit recalibrated for a more sophisticated feel.
  • The range comprises a single model with a front-wheel drive powertrain, available in three primary trim specifications and additional variants for variety.
  • Lexus performed upgrades on the CT200h, notably in 2014 when the polarising spindle-style front grille was introduced, alongside enhancements in equipment levels, NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness), and suspension comfort.
  • Another revision occurred in 2017, subtly refreshing the aesthetics and implementing a substantial update to the safety technology.
  • Lexus’s renowned reputation for reliability and exceptional build quality adds to the appeal of the CT200h as an attractive hybrid option with a premium badge.
  • Despite its virtues, there are imperfections that warrant consideration, prompting further exploration of the CT200h’s details.
  • The Lexus CT200h, introduced in 2011, concluded its production in 2022 and is recognized as the world’s first premium hybrid hatchback.
  • Beneath its luxurious exterior, it shares the same 1.8-litre petrol 4-Cylinder with CVT and Electric Motor mechanics as the Toyota Prius, albeit recalibrated for a more sophisticated feel.
  • The range comprises a single model with a front-wheel drive powertrain, available in three primary trim specifications and additional variants for variety.
  • Lexus performed upgrades on the CT200h, notably in 2014 when the polarising spindle-style front grille was introduced, alongside enhancements in equipment levels, NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness), and suspension comfort.
  • Another revision occurred in 2017, subtly refreshing the aesthetics and implementing a substantial update to the safety technology.
  • Lexus’s renowned reputation for reliability and exceptional build quality adds to the appeal of the CT200h as an attractive hybrid option with a premium badge.
  • Despite its virtues, there are imperfections that warrant consideration, prompting further exploration of the CT200h’s details.

Exterior:

  • Halogen bulb longevity appears to be a concern in early base spec models, with some needing replacement every 4 years.
  • Early DRL-equipped cars may face issues with DRL burnout, but a repair kit can be used to fix it without necessitating an entire headlight replacement.
  • In worst-case scenarios, replacement headlights can exceed $3000, but some owners reported Lexus covering the cost, even for cars out of warranty.

 

Interior:

  • Common complaints include dissatisfaction with the dated feel of the infotainment system, and certain screens showing signs of wear.
  • In extremely cold climates, the car might exhibit a slightly vigorous start.
  • An uncommon issue mentioned by a few owners involves the passenger grab-handle clip-on leather occasionally coming loose and not securing back well.

 

Mechanically:

  • The 2ZR-FXE demonstrates statistically high reliability.
  • Poorly serviced examples may experience oil consumption issues.
  • Infrequent cases of overheating and head gasket problems have been reported, sometimes attributed to a faulty electric water pump. However, the water pump typically logs a fault code before any overheating occurs.
  • Rare problems include fuel injector issues, EGR valve, and wiring problems.
  • Hybrid systems and batteries generally present minimal issues, with occasional failures in much older models (15 years old and above), such as failed cells or corroded connections. Overheating can occur if the cooling fan fails or vents get blocked.
  • The hybrid system shares components with other Toyota and Lexus batteries, making replacement or repair relatively straightforward.
  • The eCVT in the hybrids is noted for its reliability.

Exterior:

  • Halogen bulb longevity appears to be a concern in early base spec models, with some needing replacement every 4 years.
  • Early DRL-equipped cars may face issues with DRL burnout, but a repair kit can be used to fix it without necessitating an entire headlight replacement.
  • In worst-case scenarios, replacement headlights can exceed $3000, but some owners reported Lexus covering the cost, even for cars out of warranty.

 

Interior:

  • Common complaints include dissatisfaction with the dated feel of the infotainment system, and certain screens showing signs of wear.
  • In extremely cold climates, the car might exhibit a slightly vigorous start.
  • An uncommon issue mentioned by a few owners involves the passenger grab-handle clip-on leather occasionally coming loose and not securing back well.

 

Mechanically:

  • The 2ZR-FXE demonstrates statistically high reliability.
  • Poorly serviced examples may experience oil consumption issues.
  • Infrequent cases of overheating and head gasket problems have been reported, sometimes attributed to a faulty electric water pump. However, the water pump typically logs a fault code before any overheating occurs.
  • Rare problems include fuel injector issues, EGR valve, and wiring problems.
  • Hybrid systems and batteries generally present minimal issues, with occasional failures in much older models (15 years old and above), such as failed cells or corroded connections. Overheating can occur if the cooling fan fails or vents get blocked.
  • The hybrid system shares components with other Toyota and Lexus batteries, making replacement or repair relatively straightforward.
  • The eCVT in the hybrids is noted for its reliability.

Exterior:

  • Halogen bulb longevity appears to be a concern in early base spec models, with some needing replacement every 4 years.
  • Early DRL-equipped cars may face issues with DRL burnout, but a repair kit can be used to fix it without necessitating an entire headlight replacement.
  • In worst-case scenarios, replacement headlights can exceed $3000, but some owners reported Lexus covering the cost, even for cars out of warranty.

 

Interior:

  • Common complaints include dissatisfaction with the dated feel of the infotainment system, and certain screens showing signs of wear.
  • In extremely cold climates, the car might exhibit a slightly vigorous start.
  • An uncommon issue mentioned by a few owners involves the passenger grab-handle clip-on leather occasionally coming loose and not securing back well.

 

Mechanically:

  • The 2ZR-FXE demonstrates statistically high reliability.
  • Poorly serviced examples may experience oil consumption issues.
  • Infrequent cases of overheating and head gasket problems have been reported, sometimes attributed to a faulty electric water pump. However, the water pump typically logs a fault code before any overheating occurs.
  • Rare problems include fuel injector issues, EGR valve, and wiring problems.
  • Hybrid systems and batteries generally present minimal issues, with occasional failures in much older models (15 years old and above), such as failed cells or corroded connections. Overheating can occur if the cooling fan fails or vents get blocked.
  • The hybrid system shares components with other Toyota and Lexus batteries, making replacement or repair relatively straightforward.
  • The eCVT in the hybrids is noted for its reliability.

Body Styles

  • 5 door Hatchback

Engine Specs

  • 1.8i/60kW Hybrid 4-cylinder petrol, 73kW / 142Nm (All Models)

Transmission

  • 1-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (All Models)

Fuel Consumption

  • 4.0 – 4.1 / 100km (All Models)

Length

  • 4320mm – 4355mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1765mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1440mm – 1455mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2600mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 1465kg (All Models)

Towing

  • Not listed (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars

Body Styles

  • 5 door Hatchback

Engine Specs

  • 1.8i/60kW Hybrid 4-cylinder petrol, 73kW / 142Nm (All Models)

Transmission

  • 1-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (All Models)

Fuel Consumption

  • 4.0 – 4.1 / 100km (All Models)

Length

  • 4320mm – 4355mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1765mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1440mm – 1455mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2600mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 1465kg (All Models)

Towing

  • Not listed (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars

Body Styles

  • 5 door Hatchback

Engine Specs

  • 1.8i/60kW Hybrid 4-cylinder petrol, 73kW / 142Nm (All Models)

Transmission

  • 1-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (All Models)

Fuel Consumption

  • 4.0 – 4.1 / 100km (All Models)

Length

  • 4320mm – 4355mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1765mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1440mm – 1455mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2600mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 1465kg (All Models)

Towing

  • Not listed (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars

Warranty

  • 4 years / 100,000 km (CT200h Prestige, CT200h Luxury, CT200h F Sport, CT200h Sports Luxury, CT200h X, CT200h Limited Edition)
  • 5 years / unlimited km (CT200h Luxury, CT200h F Sport, CT200h Sports Luxury)

Servicing

  • 15,000 km / 12 months (CT200h Prestige, CT200h Luxury, CT200h F Sport, CT200h Sports Luxury, CT200h X, CT200h Limited Edition)

Model range, pricing & features

Lexus CT200h-4

CT200h Prestige

Price when new: $39,990

Price used: $9,300 - $13,600

Equipment

  • 12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
  • 16″ Alloy Wheels
  • 6 Speaker Stereo
  • ABS (Antilock Brakes)
  • Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
  • Air Cond. – Climate Control 2 Zone
  • Air Conditioning – Rear
  • Airbag – Driver
  • Airbag – Knee Driver
  • Airbag – Knee Passenger
  • Airbag – Passenger
  • Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
  • Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
  • Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
  • Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)
  • Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
  • Audio – MP3 Decoder
  • Audio Decoder – WMA
  • Body Colour – Bumpers
  • Body Colour – Door Handles
  • Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Full
  • Bottle Holders – 1st Row
  • Brake Assist
  • Brake By Wire
  • Brakes – Regenerative
  • CD Player
  • Cargo Cover
  • Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
  • Control – Electronic Stability
  • Control – Traction
  • Cruise Control
  • Cup Holders – 1st Row
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
  • Disc Brakes Rear Solid
  • Driving Mode – Selectable
  • EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Fog Lamp/s – Rear
  • Headlamps – Electric Level Adjustment
  • Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
  • Hill Holder
  • Intermittent Wipers – Variable
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Metallic Finish Gear Knob
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel
  • Power Door Mirrors – Heated
  • Power Steering – Electric Assist
  • Power Windows – Front & Rear
  • Rear Wiper/Washer
  • Remote Fuel Lid Release
  • Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
  • Seatback Pockets – 1st Row (Front) seats
  • Seatbelt – Adjustable Height 1st Row
  • Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
  • Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
  • Spare Wheel – Space Saver/Temporary
  • Spoiler – Rear Roof Mounted
  • Starter Button
  • Sunvisor – Illuminated Vanity Mirrors Dual
  • Tail Lamps – LED
  • Trim – Cloth
  • Trip Computer

 

MY13 update

  • Audio – Input for iPod
  • Illuminated – Entry/Exit with Fade

CT200h Luxury

Price when new: $39,990 - $48,990

Price used: $11,500 - $18,800

Adds

  • 10 Speaker Stereo
  • 17″ Alloy Wheels
  • Bluetooth System
  • CD Stacker – 6 disc In Dash/Cabin
  • Camera – Rear Vision
  • Control – Park Distance Rear
  • GPS (Satellite Navigation)
  • Heated Seats – 1st Row
  • Leather Trim – Partial
  • Parking Assist – Graphical Display
  • Rain Sensor (Auto wipers)
  • Rear View Mirror – Electric Anti Glare
  • Sunroof – Electric

 

MY13 update

  • Multi-function Control Screen – Colour

 

MY14 update

  • Brake Emergency Display – Hazard/Stoplights

CT200h F Sport

Price when new: $48,990 - $50,990

Price used: $11,800 - $23,100

Adds

  • Alarm
  • Electric Seat – Drivers with Memory
  • Fog Lamps – Front
  • Mesh Grille
  • Pedals – Sports
  • Power Door Mirrors – Anti Glare
  • Power Door Mirrors – Auto Dipping (Reversing)
  • Power Door Mirrors – Folding
  • Power Door Mirrors – with Memory
  • Rear Windows – Extra Dark/Privacy
  • Seat – Driver with Electric Lumbar
  • Suspension – Sports
  • Tacho

 

MY13 update

  • Inbuilt Harddisk Drive
  • Steering Wheel – Sports

CT200h Sports Luxury

Price when new: $55,900 - $57,990

Price used: $13,400 - $27,000

Adds

  • Central Locking – Key Proximity
  • Control – Park Distance Front
  • Cruise Control – Distance Control
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Headlamps – LED
  • Keyless Card – with remote entry
  • Woodgrain – Inserts

 

MY13 update

  • 13 Speaker Stereo
  • Radio – Digital (DAB+)

 

MY14 update

  • Collision Warning – Forward
  • Fog Lamps – Front LED

CT200h X

Price when new: $43,240

Price used: $11,200 - $13,500

Adds

  • Body Kit – Lower skirts and front & rear Aprons
  • Decals

CT200h Limited Edition

Price when new: $46,050

Price used: $25,000 - $27,800

Adds

  • Amplifier – 1 Separate
  • DVD Player
  • Keyless Start:- Key/FOB Proximity related
  • Subwoofer

If you are considering purchasing a hybrid car like the Lexus CT200h, it could be a worthwhile choice. However, when weighing your options between the CT200h, an electric vehicle (EV), or a plug-in hybrid, the Lexus may stand out, especially if environmental considerations and emotional well-being are significant factors for you.

Opting for a used full hybrid, such as the CT200h, is a more environmentally friendly choice since it doesn’t involve extracting additional precious materials from the earth to manufacture more vehicles and the accompanying infrastructure.

Given its Lexus pedigree, the need for spare parts is likely to be minimal. With even a modest level of maintenance, the CT200h has the potential to endure for decades, contributing to reduced waste in the long run.

Choosing the CT200h also eliminates the stress associated with EV range anxiety, and there’s no requirement for frequent charging. This means your lifestyle doesn’t have to adapt to accommodate extended charging times.

In conclusion, the Lexus CT200h emerges as a compelling option, offering not only environmental benefits but also the assurance of longevity with proper care, along with the convenience of avoiding the challenges associated with EVs. Therefore, considering these aspects, investing in a Lexus CT200h appears to be a prudent choice.

If you are considering purchasing a hybrid car like the Lexus CT200h, it could be a worthwhile choice. However, when weighing your options between the CT200h, an electric vehicle (EV), or a plug-in hybrid, the Lexus may stand out, especially if environmental considerations and emotional well-being are significant factors for you.

Opting for a used full hybrid, such as the CT200h, is a more environmentally friendly choice since it doesn’t involve extracting additional precious materials from the earth to manufacture more vehicles and the accompanying infrastructure.

Given its Lexus pedigree, the need for spare parts is likely to be minimal. With even a modest level of maintenance, the CT200h has the potential to endure for decades, contributing to reduced waste in the long run.

Choosing the CT200h also eliminates the stress associated with EV range anxiety, and there’s no requirement for frequent charging. This means your lifestyle doesn’t have to adapt to accommodate extended charging times.

In conclusion, the Lexus CT200h emerges as a compelling option, offering not only environmental benefits but also the assurance of longevity with proper care, along with the convenience of avoiding the challenges associated with EVs. Therefore, considering these aspects, investing in a Lexus CT200h appears to be a prudent choice.

If you are considering purchasing a hybrid car like the Lexus CT200h, it could be a worthwhile choice. However, when weighing your options between the CT200h, an electric vehicle (EV), or a plug-in hybrid, the Lexus may stand out, especially if environmental considerations and emotional well-being are significant factors for you.

Opting for a used full hybrid, such as the CT200h, is a more environmentally friendly choice since it doesn’t involve extracting additional precious materials from the earth to manufacture more vehicles and the accompanying infrastructure.

Given its Lexus pedigree, the need for spare parts is likely to be minimal. With even a modest level of maintenance, the CT200h has the potential to endure for decades, contributing to reduced waste in the long run.

Choosing the CT200h also eliminates the stress associated with EV range anxiety, and there’s no requirement for frequent charging. This means your lifestyle doesn’t have to adapt to accommodate extended charging times.

In conclusion, the Lexus CT200h emerges as a compelling option, offering not only environmental benefits but also the assurance of longevity with proper care, along with the convenience of avoiding the challenges associated with EVs. Therefore, considering these aspects, investing in a Lexus CT200h appears to be a prudent choice.

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