With the CT 200h, Lexus explores the premium compact market, currently dominated by Mini. But Lexus' hybrid hatchback starts at about $30K, substantially more than the Mini.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

The front end adds some aggressive elements to Lexus' L-Finesse design language. The side lines and roof follow a traditional hatchback design.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

Under the hood sits the same power train used in the Toyota Prius, with a 1.8-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor and battery pack robust enough to drive the car.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

The CT 200h provides a comfortable amount of passenger room, with easy access to the front and rear seats.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

Lexus gave the CT 200h a sport-tuned suspension, making it handle well, but reducing ride comfort.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

As a hatchback, the CT 200h offers some practicality, although the hatchback space is not large.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

The cabin materials generally have the kind of premium quality you would expect from Lexus, but the radio face plate on the console looks outdated.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

Lacking the navigation system, Lexus puts a backup camera display into the rearview mirror.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

Electric power steering is tuned well, giving the car decent road feel.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

A Bluetooth phone system comes standard with the CT 200h, but without the navigation option present, the features are limited.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

Lexus puts a small power flow animation in the right-hand gauge, which can be set to show other trip information. The gauge on the left turns into a tachometer when Sport mode is engaged.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

This dial on the console sets the car between Normal, Eco, and Sport modes.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

The drive selector is this odd little chrome handle.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

The radio display has an outdated look, but audio sources include digital options, such as satellite radio.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

Browsing a music library from a connected iPod on the single-line radio display is tedious.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

The CT 200h includes Bluetooth streaming audio.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

The USB port is set into the console, but its cover cannot be closed when a device or cable is plugged in.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET

The radio display shows phone numbers entered with voice command from the Bluetooth phone system.

Back to review.

Photo by: Josh Miller/CNET
Latest Galleries

BEST LIST

Find the best hybrids on the market!

Hybrid technology can be applied to any type of car, and the best show the most significant fuel economy improvements over a similar gasoline-only car.

Latest From Roadshow