A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Lexus CT200h

Although you wouldn’t know it from appearances, the 2012 Lexus CT200h actually shares a lot in common with the Toyota Prius. Mainly, it comes down to their engines (1.8 liters) and hybrid architectures. However, with the CT200h, you also get some really fun sporty features that make it a joy to drive.

Key Features

The hatchback setup is pretty neat and makes it easy to get in and out of the 2012 CT200h.

We were definitely big fans of the car’s all-electric system that provides propulsion up to 28 mph for a mile! Eco mode is also a great way to save gas by slowing your throttle.

This vehicle’s navigation system has a touch controller which works a lot like using a mouse. It’s an intuitive design that just about anyone will be able to pick up on immediately.

Changes in the 2012 Model

Not much changed for the 2012 model because so much was modified the year before. Smoky Granite Mica was replaced with Nebula Gray Pearl. A new Vehicle Proximity Notification System was added too, but that’s about it.

What We Like

The sporty handling of the 2012 Lexus CT200h was very enjoyable and not something you’d expect from a car with the aesthetic of a four-door hatchback.

Sitting in the front seat definitely has its advantages with this car as it was extremely comfortable. You’ll also have the navigation system helping you out and there is the option to get a collision warning system.

What Concerns Us

For all the 2012 CT200h has to offer, it fails in some pretty disappointing ways. For one thing, the back seat is pretty cramped. Cargo space is also very limited. Therefore, this would not be a good car for those with families or who need to transfer cargo on a regular basis.

Furthermore, we weren’t impressed by the rearward visibility.

Although this vehicle has a lot in common with a Prius, fuel economy is not one of those things. Its EPA estimates may win over the luxury crowd, but the Prius has it beat by eight miles.

Available Models

While there are a number of ways to customize your vehicle, there is only the base and Premium models to choose from for the 2012 Lexus CT200h.

Major Recalls

There have never been any recalls issues regarding the 2012 Lexus CT200h.

Common Issues

Although you get five seats, it will seem more like four, at best.

Rough roads seem to be particularly unforgiving to this hatchback.

LExus CT200h 2012 interior


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