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If higher prices at the pump have you feeling more pressure than you’d like, it may very well be time to trade up for to a hybrid. If you have been considering going this route, there are likely two names on the tip of your lips: the 2017 Lexus CT and 2017 Toyota Prius. If you are having a hard time narrowing your focus down to one, consider the following. 

Interior & Design

Lexus CT Toyota Prius

The 2017 Toyota Prius has a sharp new face that is more dynamic and angular, and its profile is more streamlined and aerodynamic. Still, it’s tough for the Prius to match the 2017 Lexus CT in terms of exterior elegance, from its clean lines to its shapely hatchback proportions to the signature Lexus grille. The Lexus CT looks even bolder when upgraded to the F SPORT package, which adds a distinctive mesh grille and 17-inch trident-five-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 215/45R17 all-season tires. On the inside, the luxurious Lexus CT offers features that the Prius cannot match at the base level, including a leather-trimmed steering wheel, dual-zone front climate control, optional heated front seats, multi-adjustable power driver seat and available multi-adjustable power passenger seat, and a total of five different interior material and color choices.

Technology & Safety

 
Lexus CT Toyota Prius

Both the 2017 Lexus CT and Toyota Prius represent the current apex of hybrid technology, but the Lexus CT gets a slight edge in terms of standard and available technology. The CT comes standard with speed-sensitive power steering, satellite radio, and telematics and offers optional navigation and DVD entertainment, none of which is available in the Prius at base. In terms of safety, the Lexus CT and Toyota Prius are pretty much even with shared passive and active safety advantages, though the Lexus CT gets side mirror-integrated turn signal indicators at the base level whereas the Prius does not.

Performance

Lexus CT Toyota Prius

Both the Lexus CT and Toyota Prius are powered by a 1.8-liter inline-four mated to an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission. With regards to fuel economy, the Prius outpaces the Lexus with 52 combined mpg compared to 42 combined mpg, and the Lexus CT has slightly better fuel-tank capacity at 11.9 gallons. Those looking for more power will want to opt for the Lexus, which gets 98 horsepower @5200 RPM and 105 lb-ft. of torque @ 4000 RPM and total system output of 134 horsepower—surpassing the Prius’ total system output of 121 hp. The Lexus CT 200h boasts a 0-60 mph time of 9.8 seconds, a top track speed of 112 miles per hour, and an aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.29, all of which makes it surprisingly sporty for a hybrid.

Verdict

While both vehicles are as proficient as one expects a hybrid to be and perhaps surprisingly bold-looking, drivers who want that extra luxurious touch and additional power will want to consider the 2017 Lexus CT. The Lexus CT is also advantageous in terms of warranty protection: Lexus offers a basic warranty of 48 months/50,000 miles, a powertrain warranty of 72 months/70,000 miles, and an anti-corrosion warranty of 72 months with unlimited mileage; the Prius’ warranties respectively offer 12 months/14,000 miles, 12 months/10,000 miles, and 12 months less coverage. If you are convinced that the luxurious Lexus CT is the way you want to go with your next hybrid purchase, peruse our 2017 Lexus CT 200H inventory in Orlando, FL. Stop by your Central Florida Lexus Dealership in Orlando or contact us by phone or online to schedule your test drive to confirm that your next purchase will be a Lexus.
 

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