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2012 Lexus CT 200h

$9,389 — $18,733 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
42 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Handling
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Well-equipped base model
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Navigation system

The Bad

  • Narrow cabin
  • Tight backseat
  • Ride on rough roads
  • Modest acceleration
  • Blind spot visibility
2012 Lexus CT 200h exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Lexus CT 200h
  • Four-door hatchback
  • Hybrid drivetrain
  • Available collision warning system
  • Seats five

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The CT 200h is a five-seat four-door hatchback with a gas/electric drivetrain that powers the front wheels. Competitors include conventionally powered models like the Volvo C30 and Mini Cooper Clubman.

New for 2012
The CT 200h Premium is available with two new packages: the F-Sport Package and the F-Sport Special Edition. The F-Sport Package includes special suspension tuning, 17-inch wheels, a mesh grille, a larger rear spoiler, F-Sport badges, aluminum sport pedals, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and a black headliner. The F-Sport Special Edition includes the F-Sport Package's features but has different wheels, Ocean Blue NuLuxe leatherette-trimmed seats, and a TUMI duffle bag and backpack with F-Sport logos. Production of the F-Sport Special Edition is limited to 900 cars.

Exterior
Lexus says the CT 200h grew out of the recent LF-Ch concept car that was first seen at the Frankfurt auto show in 2009. The production version's resemblance is close to the concept — and from some angles, it's close to the Mazda3 hatchback. The wheels measure 17 inches in diameter. Exterior features include:

  • Available power moonroof
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Fog lights


Interior
The front sport bucket seats are separated by a wide center console that rises to meet the dashboard. The cabin features a synthetic material designed to feel like leather. Real leather upholstery is optional. Interior features include:

  • Dual-zone ...
Vehicle Overview

The CT 200h is a five-seat four-door hatchback with a gas/electric drivetrain that powers the front wheels. Competitors include conventionally powered models like the Volvo C30 and Mini Cooper Clubman.

New for 2012
The CT 200h Premium is available with two new packages: the F-Sport Package and the F-Sport Special Edition. The F-Sport Package includes special suspension tuning, 17-inch wheels, a mesh grille, a larger rear spoiler, F-Sport badges, aluminum sport pedals, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and a black headliner. The F-Sport Special Edition includes the F-Sport Package's features but has different wheels, Ocean Blue NuLuxe leatherette-trimmed seats, and a TUMI duffle bag and backpack with F-Sport logos. Production of the F-Sport Special Edition is limited to 900 cars.

Exterior
Lexus says the CT 200h grew out of the recent LF-Ch concept car that was first seen at the Frankfurt auto show in 2009. The production version's resemblance is close to the concept — and from some angles, it's close to the Mazda3 hatchback. The wheels measure 17 inches in diameter. Exterior features include:

  • Available power moonroof
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Fog lights


Interior
The front sport bucket seats are separated by a wide center console that rises to meet the dashboard. The cabin features a synthetic material designed to feel like leather. Real leather upholstery is optional. Interior features include:

  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls
  • Power driver's seat
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack and USB port
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Optional navigation system with backup camera


Under the Hood
The CT 200h has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that works with an electric motor/generator to make a combined 134 horsepower. Drivers can switch among four modes — Normal, Eco, EV (electric vehicle) and Sport — that are designed to alter the car's drivetrain performance. Eco mode also modifies the car's air conditioning for lower fuel use, while Sport quickens the car's steering. In a nod to the Sport mode's performance intentions, one of the gauges in the instrument cluster changes from a charge/assist meter to a tachometer when it's selected. Mechanical features include:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • Uses regular gas
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel independent suspension


Safety
An optional Pre-Collision System cinches the front seat belts and readies the brake assist feature for more stopping power when it's determined a crash is imminent. Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Front knee airbags
  • Electronic stability system

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
32 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Nicest car I've driven.

by SheBell83 from Overland Park on October 25, 2018

This car is reliable, comfortable and fun to drive! It was amazing on gas! I don't think I will drive anything other than a Lexus again! Read full review

(5.0)

Very reliable and classy

by Jag from Maryville, TN on July 8, 2018

Great car. Two drawbacks: no cup holders in back seat and a little too low to ground for transporting seniors and parking without scraping bumper Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Lexus CT 200h currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Lexus CT 200h Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lexus

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CT 200h received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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