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The Toyota Prius is one of the most popular and recognizable cars on the planet. Even people that aren’t into cars know what a Prius is. However, its recognizable look doesn’t make it the most attractive vehicle, as many prospective hybrid buyers would rather not drive something that looks like a spaceship on wheels. Fortunately, anyone looking at a used hybrid car may find a used Lexus CT 200h a little more attractive. But is it a worthy alternative to the almighty Prius?

The CT 200h was a little more than a Toyota Prius in Lexus clothing

2012 Lexus CT200h
2012 Lexus CT200h | Jim Mahoney

At first glance, it’s clear that the Lexus CT 200h may not win over everyone regarding its aesthetics; however, we think it looks a little more elegant than the third-generation Toyota Prius that it’s based on. The CT 200h was produced from 2011 to 2017, and it was the first Lexus to use the “spindle grille,” notes AutoTrader.

Compared to the Prius, the CT 200h was better equipped In its base form as it came with leatherette seating surfaces, a power driver’s seat, auto headlights, and dual-zone climate control. Those features alone could make it a better alternative than a Prius for some buyers.

To get the same features in a Prius, you must step up to the higher trim levels. Additionally, the Lexus CT 200h was available with different packages. For example, the Navigation package included a rearview camera, a 7-inch display with a remote touch controller, Siri Eyes free, and a premium 10-speaker audio system.

It could also be outfitted with an F Sport package with a nicer mesh front grille, a sportier front fascia, and a sport-tuned suspension. Lastly, there was also an available Luxury package that included auto-dimming mirrors, leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, and a power-adjustable passenger seat.

What kind of gas mileage did the Lexus CT 200h get?

2012 Lexus CT200h interior
2012 Lexus CT200h | Jim Mahoney

The Lexus CT 200h was powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors juiced up by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. Combined, the powertrain puts out 134 hp and gets up to an EPA-estimated 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

In comparison, the 2017 Toyota Prius is powered by a similar drivetrain, but it can achieve up to 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway. In that case, it’s clear that the CT 200h lacked a little when it came to gas mileage for a hybrid car, but it still does better than the average commuter car.

How much does a Lexus CT 200h cost?

2012 Lexus CT200h rear view
2012 Lexus CT200h | Jim Mahoney

A nationwide search on CarGurus shows many Lexus CT 200h models priced between the $10,000 to $25,000 range, depending on the car’s location, age, and condition. As for an equivalent Toyota Prius, many in the same age range are posted for sale, ranging from $3,000 to $32,000, depending on the car’s location, age, and condition.

Ultimately, considering you can get a Lexus CT 200h for less than a Prius and with more luxurious features, it could be a worthy alternative. Just don’t expect the best fuel economy.