Lexus CT200h Getting The Axe In America

The Lexus CT200h has reached the end of the road in the United States as Car & Driver is reporting the hatchback will be dropped after the 2017 model year.

The CT200h was introduced in America at the 2010 New York Auto Show and was primarily designed to appeal to European customers.

Despite being the Lexus’ most affordable model with a base price of $31,250, the car never really caught on with consumers as the company sold around 15,000 units annually in the United States. However, recent competition from models such as the Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA has caused sales to dwindle and the company only moved 8,903 CT’s last year.

The CT200h will reportedly continue to be sold in other markets but in the United States the brand’s entry-level model will become the NX crossover which starts at $35,285.

As a refresher, the CT200h has hybridized powertrain that consists of a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and a small electric motor that produce a combined maximum output of 134 hp (135 PS). This enables the car to return 43 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, and 42 mpg combined. Those numbers are nothing to sneeze at but the $23,475 Toyota Prius beats them with 54 mpg city, 50 mpg highway, and 52 mpg combined.

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  • Fug

    Yep… not even the Americans are dumb enough to buy a Prius dressed as a Lexus!
    Haven’t seen many in Europe, either… (then neither are the Europeans… dumb enough to buy a Prius dressed as a Lexus)
    Besides the thing is so fugly…

    • emjayay

      I always considered it one of the worst styled cars available. One parks on the street in my neighborhood so I’ve had many opportunities to judge. Interesting that several commenters here agree on that.

  • MP4-12C

    No wonder really, the CT is old, doesn’t sell well and even its hybrid system based on the one found in previous generation Prius and is simply outdated. The question is, how long will it be still offered in Europe? It doesn’t sell well here, either.

    • Bash

      Well said

  • Christian Wimmer

    [QUOTE] “The CT200h was primarily designed to appeal to European customers.” [/QUOTE]

    Really?

    I remember when this car was in the works. Lexus was telling us that it would be a BMW 1-Series fighter and it would be the most popular Lexus in Europe. It failed on both accounts. Badly.

    Only one engine option and a lack of customization/individualization
    limited its appeal. I think this car should have come with perhaps two
    gasoline-engine options with differing power outputs, a Diesel and of
    course the Hybrid which the CT200h was only ever available as. IIRC you could only get the CT200h in standard trim and an F-Line trim, so again, you’re limiting its appeal when its rivals have so many trim, customization and engine options available. CHOICE – it’s what European customers want.

    This car felt like another half-hearted Lexus “effort” in Europe. Not that I care much since no Lexus product really appeals to me. Design is subjective, but I always found these to be dull and ugly, and the facelift didn’t do much to improve this. Nice interior, though. That was really the best thing about the CT200h – a good interior.

  • thunder bolt

    Lexus was able to sell 15,000 of these ridiculously ugly looking cars annually? That’s an impressive number,

  • eye.surgeon

    If this thing was fast enough to merge onto the freeway it would probably have sold better.

  • Six Thousand Times

    What, they’re still selling it?

  • ediotsavant

    They should have stuffed the Camry hybrid engine in it. Performance and economy at the same time.

  • Jason Miller

    Surprised it took this long.

  • notthistimecobber

    The whole brand should be retired and models rebadged as Toyota’s.

    • no25

      most are built on their own platforms now. they also sell their other models quite nicely. just because you dont like Lexus doesnt mean they should “retire the whole brand”

  • Finkployd

    wow I’m surprised by all the hate; had this car for 3 years in Europe in “F-sport” trim and I really enjoyed it.
    Super plush, well built, economical, good sound system, reliable, zen …

    Downsides are the huge doors that often get stuck on the curb 😑, the mini trunk, and the engine that revs like a coffee grinder with little effect when you need a big acceleration 😅 🐌🥒cmon cmon

    All in all, it was an absolutely lovely car to drive

  • They got this whole car wrong, Styling and Powertrain options! Time to kill it everywhere I say.

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