Updated Lexus CT 200h Quietly Blends In With The Frankfurt Crowd

If it seems as if Lexus hid the facelifted 2018 CT 200h in Frankfurt by dressing it in black, it’s probably because people were struggling to tell it apart from the previous version in the first place.

Seriously though, looking at the 2018MY and 2017MY CT 200h side by side is like trying to figure out which Olsen twin you like more. You’ll probably come up with an answer, sure, but only after taking a few moments to figure out who’s who.

Differences between the two models only include a new grille, new fog light bezels, different DRL graphics, new wheels, slightly restyled rear fascia and taillight graphics.

Inside you get new color combos such as two-tone leather in Sunflare Brown with Noble Brown, or Ochre/Light Ochre and Chateau/Fromage, as well as new trims like Sunflare Brown Film and Bamboo. Last but not least is the larger 10.3″ infotainment display, which replaces the older model’s 7″ screen.

Lexus has sold approximately 300,000 units of the CT 200h (through May 2017) since the car was introduced to the public back in 2010. In other words, not spectacular numbers. Currently, it’s facing direct competition from the likes of the Audi A3, BMW 1-Series, Mercedes A-Class, Volvo V40 and Infiniti Q30.


  • dumblikeyou2

    There’s nothing quiet about that paint job. Strangely, I kinda like it. The wheels, not so much.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Nice Corolla.

    • no25

      *when you know nothing about cars* ^

      • Honda NSX-R


      • Vanquish

        Agreed…..that’s like saying nice mid engine prelude with the Honda Accord engine

      • Mill0048

        Oversimplification, yes, but the MC platform is the basis of the Corolla and CT200h and others. Though, power-train aside, I actually like these cars.

  • Grumpy

    Could have put the 2.0 turbo in there…


  • StrangerGP

    That two color paint job is the laziest thing I’ve ever seen. But the car is crap so putting more crap on top of it doesn’t really change anything.

  • fabri99

    I’ve always liked the CT, but Toyota could have played its cards much better.

  • ediotsavant

    This car had so much potential. I don’t understand why Toyota didn’t give it a more powerful engine.

  • J Rivera

    They should morph this into a hot hatch for the brand

  • MarketAndChurch

    In the two-tone paint scheme, it is now stylish enough to be a worthy I3 competitor.

  • roy

    it is so bad that it is starting to look good

  • sidewaysspin

    Could those side windows be any smaller?