2011 Lexus
CT 200h
vs. 2012 Audi
A3 Premium

2011 Lexus CT 200h

10.0

Winner

Lexus CT 200h

starting from

$29,995
"Driver-friendly cabin with superb ergonomics."
edmunds.com | talking about the CT's interior quality
"Sporty handling."
edmunds.com | talking about the CT's handling

Reasons to buy the Lexus CT 200h

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Is a hybrid
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
43 mpg
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More airbags
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Fantastic range in the city
512 miles
2012 Audi A3 Premium

9.8

Runner-up

Audi A3 Premium

starting from

$31,125
"The 2010 Audi A3 TDI's main virtue is its fuel economy, which it gets because of its diesel engine."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the A3's value
"Had plenty of boost to pass other cars or climb hills. In urban driving it ran smooth, although we could have hoped for a little more initial boost for quick merges and the like."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the A3's performance

Reasons to buy the Audi A3 Premium

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Power mirrors
Standard
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Fantastic range on the highway
613 miles
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Ample cargo space
39.0 ft3
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Roof rails
Optional
Cost 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus CT 200h Winner: CT 200h
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  • Gets more than 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 43 mpg vs 30 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
  • Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
Safety Features - vs 10.0
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • People mover
  • Very cramped front seats
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a very low top speed
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
Overall 9.8 vs 10.0

Cost

Audi
A3 Premium
2012 Audi A3 Premium
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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MSRP $31,125 vs $29,995 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 30 mpg vs 43 mpg Very fuel efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

Audi
A3 Premium
2012 Audi A3 Premium
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the CT 200h's power seats; not available on the A3 Premium
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the A3 Premium; the CT 200h only offers cloth seats

Crash Test Ratings

Audi
A3 Premium
2012 Audi A3 Premium
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

Audi
A3 Premium
2012 Audi A3 Premium
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Horsepower 140 HP @ 4,200 RPM vs 134 HP @ 5,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Unknown vs Continuously variable
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Transmission Unknown vs Automatic transmission
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The A3 Premium's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 23.7 lb/hp vs 23.4 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.1 ft vs Unknown

Safety Features

Audi
A3 Premium
2012 Audi A3 Premium
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 5 vs 7 The CT 200h has great airbag coverage, whereas the A3 Premium is just OK (missing Knee, Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the A3 Premium; optional upgrade on the CT 200h
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Roadside assistance system None vs SafetyConnect

Practicality

Audi
A3 Premium
2012 Audi A3 Premium
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 613 miles vs 476 miles The A3 Premium gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the CT 200h gets OK distance
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Cargo space 39.0 ft3 vs 14.3 ft3 The A3 Premium has lots of cargo room, and the CT 200h is OK, too
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front seats 51.0 ft3 vs 49.7 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The A3 Premium's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the CT 200h
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The A3 Premium's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CT 200h
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roof rails Optional vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the A3 Premium
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The A3 Premium offers an optional navigation system; not available on the CT 200h
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Cupholders Unknown vs 2
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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A3 Premium
2012 Audi A3 Premium
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 6
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Yes
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the A3 Premium, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Audi
A3 Premium
2012 Audi A3 Premium
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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0-60 mph 8.5 seconds vs 10.5 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.7 s s @ 82.0 mph mph vs 17.9 s s @ 78.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs 0.85 g The CT 200h has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average A3 Premium
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Top speed 121 mph vs 111 mph Both have a very low top speed

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