The 2024 Lexus CT is a hybrid electric car produced as a premium compact hatchback by Lexus, a luxury division of Toyota. Consisting of a single model, the 2024 Lexus CT 200h, the Lexus CT is a luxury hybrid based on the Toyota Prius drivetrain and the Toyota MC platform chassis and is the first luxury compact and hatchback hybrid. The Lexus CT200h is a four-door hybrid hatchback with five seats.
The 2024 Lexus CT cabin is cramped and gets a lot of engines and road noise. The interior has some nice touches but is far from truly luxurious. The luxury package includes auto-dimming mirrors, auto wipers, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, driver memory settings, and a universal garage door opener.
Lexus CT : Interior
The primary controls are easy to read and logically placed for ease of use, but the Remote Touch controller for optional Video Audio and Navigation systems is one of the most amazing interfaces available. The operator moves a small flat joystick pad to move a cursor on the central screen, but in a moving vehicle, this setup is problematic.
A haptic feedback feature simulates triggers as you hover over portions of the screen to help locate virtual buttons, but the entire system remains awkward and difficult to use. Lexus 2024 CT front seats offer a nice mix of cushioned comfort and sporty lateral support, and there’s enough head and leg room for two adults in the rear seats.
The rear doors are quite narrow, but access is still much better than in a typical two-door coupe. The storage for cell phones and other personal items is limited to a small glove box, cup holders, and door pockets. The cargo capacity isn’t a much better ratio, with just 14.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 34.8 cubic feet when folded.
Lexus CT : Engine
The 2024 Lexus CT 200h is powered by a hybrid system consisting of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder petrol engine and a pair of electric motors/generators powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. Total power is 134 horsepower directed to the front wheels via the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). In testing, the CT 200h hit 60 mph in 10.5 seconds, which is slow by current standards. The fuel economy is excellent, with an EPA-estimated 42 mpg combined (43 city/40 highway). The Lexus CT beat these estimates in real-world driving, achieving an impressive 47.9 mpg in our evaluation cycle and 44.1 mpg in the daily commute.
Lexus CT : Safety
The optional adaptive cruise control system includes a pre-collision feature that uses radar sensors to detect an imminent collision and responds by tightening the front seat belts and initiating the brake assist feature. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the CT 200h the highest rating of Good for small overlap front impact, moderate overlap front impact, side impact, and roof strength tests. The 2024 Lexus CT headrest/seat design also earned a Good rating for longitudinal impact protection in rear impacts.