2011 Lexus
CT 200h
vs. 2011 Lexus
IS 250

2011 Lexus IS 250

9.8

Winner

Lexus IS 250

starting from

$34,170

Reasons to buy the Lexus IS 250

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Average number of gears
6
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Power mirrors
Standard
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Less sporty performance
16.9 lb/hp
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Below average top speed
140 mph
2011 Lexus CT 200h

9.0

Runner-up

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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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
43 mpg
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Is a hybrid
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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
40 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • The IS 250 has 7 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 13 vs 6
Cost 9.1 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus CT 200h Winner: CT 200h
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  • Gets around 2.5x more miles per gallon in the city, 43 mpg vs 19 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $4,175 cheaper (more than 10% less), $29,995 vs $34,170
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • Almost the same
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 53.9 ft3 vs 49.7 ft3
  • The IS 250 has 2 more cupholders, 4 vs 2
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Lexus IS 250 Winner: IS 250
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  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither offers paddle shifters
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 9.0

Luxury Features

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the IS 250's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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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 IS 250; the CT 200h only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Number of speakers 13 vs 6 The IS 250 has more speakers, but the CT 200h has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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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 No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
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MSRP $34,170 vs $29,995 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 43 mpg The CT 200h gets great city mileage, and the IS 250 gets OK mileage
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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

Practicality

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
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CT 200h
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 462 miles vs 476 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 13.0 ft3 vs 14.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 53.9 ft3 vs 49.7 ft3 The IS 250 has average-sized front seats, while the CT 200h is very cramped
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The IS 250'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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 2 The IS 250 has an OK number of cupholders while the CT 200h has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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IS 250
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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 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 IS 250; optional upgrade on the CT 200h
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Roadside assistance system SafetyConnect vs SafetyConnect

Crash Test Ratings

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
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 Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Horsepower 204 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 134 HP @ 5,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs Continuously variable The IS 250 has an OK number of gears, while the CT 200h has very few
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.9 lb/hp vs 23.4 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The IS 250 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 33.5 ft vs Unknown

Road Tests

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IS 250
2011 Lexus IS 250
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 10.5 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 129 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.3 s s @ 88.0 mph mph vs 17.9 s s @ 78.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.91 g vs 0.85 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 140 mph vs 111 mph Both have a very low top speed

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2011 Lexus IS 350 2011 Lexus GS 350 IS 350 vs GS 350
2011 Lexus IS 250 2011 BMW 328i IS 250 vs 328i
2011 Lexus IS 250 2011 Acura TSX IS 250 vs TSX
2011 Lexus IS 250 2011 Toyota Corolla S IS 250 vs Corolla S

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