2011 Lexus
CT 200h
vs. 2011 Mazda
3 i Touring

2011 Lexus CT 200h

9.6

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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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Fantastic range in the city
512 miles
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring

9.4

Runner-up

Mazda 3 i Touring

starting from

$19,745
"Energetic 2.5-liter engine."
edmunds.com | talking about the 3's engine
"A five-speed automatic is optional."
edmunds.com | talking about the 3's transmission

Reasons to buy the Mazda 3 i Touring

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Average number of gears
5
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Power mirrors
Standard
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Power outlets
Standard
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Folding rear seats
Standard
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus CT 200h Winner: CT 200h
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  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.7
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring Winner: 3 i Touring
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  • The 3 i Touring has 6 more cupholders, 8 vs 2
  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus CT 200h Winner: CT 200h
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  • Gets around 80% more miles per gallon in the city, 43 mpg vs 24 mpg
  • 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
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring Winner: 3 i Touring
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  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring Winner: 3 i Touring
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  • Almost the same
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Overall 9.4 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
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 3 i Touring
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Practicality

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 478 miles vs 476 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 11.8 ft3 vs 14.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.9 ft3 vs 49.7 ft3 The 3 i Touring has average-sized front seats, while the CT 200h is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The 3 i Touring'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 3 i Touring'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 8 vs 2 The 3 i Touring has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 4 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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MSRP $19,745 vs $29,995 The 3 i Touring has a great price and the CT 200h is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 43 mpg The CT 200h gets great city mileage, and the 3 i Touring gets OK mileage
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The CT 200h's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the 3 i Touring's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The CT 200h's basic warranty is long lasting, but the 3 i Touring's is very short

Safety Features

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
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 5 vs 7 The CT 200h has great airbag coverage, whereas the 3 i Touring 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 3 i Touring; optional upgrade on the CT 200h
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Roadside assistance system None vs SafetyConnect

Entertainment System

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
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 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 Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the 3 i Touring, you can upgrade to 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

Road Tests

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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0-60 mph 9.4 seconds vs 10.5 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 145 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 17.2 s s @ 83.0 mph mph vs 17.9 s s @ 78.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.85 g The CT 200h has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average 3 i Touring
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Top speed Unknown vs 111 mph

Crash Test Ratings

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Rollover resistance 4 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

Performance

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2011 Lexus CT 200h Lexus
CT 200h
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Horsepower 148 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 134 HP @ 5,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs Continuously variable The 3 i Touring has an OK number of gears, while the CT 200h has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The 3 i Touring's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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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 19.7 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 17.1 ft vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Lexus CT 200h 2011 Lexus HS 250h CT 200h vs HS 250h
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2011 Mazda 3 i Touring 2011 Toyota Prius Four 3 i Touring vs Prius Four
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring 2011 Honda Accord EX-L 3 i Touring vs Accord EX-L
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring 2012 Mazda 5 Sport 3 i Touring vs 5 Sport
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 2011 BMW 328i 3 s Grand Touring vs 328i

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