Lexus CT200h is a hybrid luxury hatchback made by Lexus, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation. The CT200h is the first luxury hybrid car from Lexus and was introduced in 2010 as part of its launch into the compact luxury car market.
Some people refer to it as a ” Toyota Prius dressed in a Suit” but I disagree with that. The CT200h is much more refined, tuned for a sporty feeling, and handles like a dream.
As a mechanic, I absolutely love Lexus, they are one of the most reliable and dependable vehicle brands on the market.
But that doesn’t mean you won’t experience problems with your car, like any other car brand. Below are some common CT200h problems.
Lexus CT200h Problems
1. Low Ground Clearance:
Well although some people don’t really see this as a problem since a low car improves the sleek Aesthetics, it can be.
The CT200h has a low ground clearance of only 5.7 inches, which means that you will find yourself scraping the front bumper on uneven speed bumps, curbs, and other bumpy gravel surfaces.
If you will be driving mostly on paved roads and rarely experience bumps, then this is not an issue. However, if you are planning to drive on gravel or dirt roads often then this could be a problem.
2. Costly Hybrid Battery:
Since the Lexus CT200h is a hybrid vehicle, it means at some point you will need to replace the hybrid battery which comes at a hefty tag (currently costs $2000-4000).
Fortunately, on a Lexus, these batteries last a long time (100 000 -200 000 miles) and generally don’t fail but should it fail, expect to have it replaced at a premium.
3. Limited Space:
Although the CT200h is a small car, it has limited space. If you are planning to travel with a large family then you will find it a bit difficult to fit all of them in the car, not taking away from the comfort of the passengers.
I personally think for a hatchback what the Ct200h offers in terms of space is very much sufficient. But if you are looking for a car that can comfortably fit 5 or more people, then this is not the right choice for you.
4. Worn Brake Pads
The most common mechanical issue with the Lexus CT200h is brake pads wearing off faster than they should.
This is especially true if you live in a place with harsh winters and lots of rain, where the pavement is constantly covered in water.
If you drive in these conditions often, then it’s important to keep an eye on your brake pads and make sure they are not wearing down too quickly.
What Years of Lexus CT200h is Reliable?
The 2011-2016 Lexus CT200h is a very reliable car. In fact, it has one of the highest owner loyalty rates in the industry, with owners sticking with their cars for an average of 8-10 years!
That’s because it’s such a great car it’s comfortable, stylish, and handles well on both dry and wet roads.
How Long Does Lexus CT200h Last?
These luxury hatches are reliable and dependable and can last 150 000- 300 000 miles before you need to worry about replacing major parts.
What is the Cost of Ownership for a Lexus CT200h?
The Lexus CT200h is an inexpensive car to own, especially when compared with other luxury hatchbacks. Its fuel economy is good, averaging about 38-45 mpg in combined city/highway driving conditions which means fewer trips to the gas station!
What Makes a Lexus CT200h a Good Car?
Although there are definitely some problems with the car, most of them are not related to the engine or transmission which are major components of any vehicle. Here are things I personally like about this Hatch
- Great Gas Mileage (38-45 mpg)
- Good Balance & Handling
- Great in Snow
- Low maintenance