The 2013 Lexus CT 200h may be in its third model year now, but it remains the only occupant of its particular niche: the luxury compact hybrid hatchback. It's the only compact car from the luxury brand, now that it has quietly killed the disappointing HS 250h hybrid sedan after three years on the market and very few sales.
While the CT is smaller inside and out than the Toyota Prius liftback model, it may appeal to some of the same buyers. It's a surprisingly likable, fun-to-drive, and feature-packed little hatchback, and if those car shoppers want the high mileage of a hybrid but also desire a little more luxe than the top-level Prius, the CT 200h may be just the car for them. On launch, it also offered a high degree of technology--which Lexus hoped would attract younger buyers--though it's less striking in that regard than it was in 2011.
The only element of the Lexus CT it shares with the Prius is the powertrain: It has the same 98-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and...
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