Lexus CT 200h
This small hatchback has excellent fuel economy, but its refinement isn’t up to the Lexus standard. A 2016 freshening brought styling updates and mechanical tweaks said to improve ride comfort and noise levels, two areas we found problematic in our testing. Using the same powertrain as the previous-generation Prius, the CT’s 40 mpg is 4 mpg less than the roomier Toyota’s. The CT can drive solely on electric power at low speeds. Handling is responsive and secure, but the ride is stiff and choppy. The cabin is well-assembled, with quality materials. But the rear seats are tight, cargo capacity is modest, and the view out back is limited.