2011 Lexus
CT 200h
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Volt

2012 Chevrolet Volt

9.3

starting from

$39,995

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Volt

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
90 mpg
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
95 mpg
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Power outlets
Standard
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Child door locks
Standard
2011 Lexus CT 200h

9.0

Runner-up

Lexus CT 200h

starting from

$29,995
"Driver-friendly cabin with superb ergonomics."
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"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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Keyless entry
Standard
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
Luxury Features 7.0 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus CT 200h Winner: CT 200h
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 7.9
2012 Chevrolet Volt Winner: Volt
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.0
2012 Chevrolet Volt Winner: Volt
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  • The Volt 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Almost the same
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.3
2012 Chevrolet Volt Winner: Volt
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  • Almost the same
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus CT 200h Winner: CT 200h
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • The best price we've seen is $10,000 cheaper (around 30% less), $29,995 vs $39,995
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
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.3 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
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 Volt
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the CT 200h; not available on the Volt
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Volt

Practicality

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The CT 200h has the usual number of seats, while the Volt has very few
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Highway driving range 379 miles vs 476 miles The CT 200h has OK highway range, but the Volt is very limited
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Cargo space 10.6 ft3 vs 14.3 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 52.0 ft3 vs 49.7 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Volt '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 Volt 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CT 200h
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Volt offers an optional navigation system; not available on the CT 200h
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Cupholders 6 vs 2 The Volt has a good number of cupholders, but the CT 200h does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The CT 200h's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Volt does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Volt has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Volt ; but it's not available at all on the CT 200h

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
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 Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 7 Both have a good number of airbags for safety but the CT 200h is particularly good (including Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both vehicles' brakes will do well under heavy use
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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 Volt ; optional upgrade on the CT 200h
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs SafetyConnect

Cost

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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MSRP $39,995 vs $29,995 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 95 mpg vs 43 mpg Both get great city mileage, however the Volt in particular gets exceptional mileage
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The CT 200h's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Volt 's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The CT 200h's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Volt 's warranty is very limited

Performance

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Horsepower 149 HP vs 134 HP @ 5,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs Continuously variable Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 25.4 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 37.5 ft vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Volt
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 10.5 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 124 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.8 s s @ 81.5 mph mph vs 17.9 s s @ 78.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.85 g The CT 200h has phenomenal cornering abilities, but the Volt is just OK
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Top speed 100 mph vs 111 mph The CT 200h's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Volt is just OK

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