Lexus is nothing more than an overpriced and highly technical Toyota. So why does the Lexus CT200h cost so much more than a fully loaded Toyota Prius?
Here are three ways the Lexus CT200h is nothing more than an over-glorified Toyota Prius.
Fact One: Lexus CT200h and Toyota Prius Share The Same Battery
The CT200h and Toyota Prius share the same 28 modules high voltage battery pack. Toyota does this to keep the production costs down for making multiple vehicles with a similar platform.
I know this because the same warranty coverage covers these hybrid batteries at the Toyota Prius. The new 10-year 150,000-mile battery warranty also has to cover the Lexus CT200h. Also, those batteries will need servicing as well. With all the research I have been involved in with hybrid battery maintenance and reconditioning, I know this is true.
Fact Two: Lexus Ct200h Uses The Same Engine As The Toyota Prius
The 2ZR-FXE 1.8Liter engine is in both third-generation Toyota Prius and also the Lexus CT200h. The difference lies within the engine covers. The plastic trim that goes on top of the engine is the difference between Lexus and Toyota.
The engine part numbers are identical also. Meaning spark plugs, coolant, coils, and a plethora of other parts are the same. There is one key thing to remember here, though, some of the part numbers will be Lexus, and some will be Toyota.
Toyota, again, does this to keep production costs as low as possible. Sharing parts between models and across platforms make financial sense. So, next time you need a few pieces for your CT200h, check the Toyota part number too; it could save you a few bucks.
Fact Three: The CT200h Body Is Different But The Idea Is The Same As Prius
The whole hatchback idea took off with the advent of generation 2 Prius. As the model ran from 2004-2009, it became and still is one of the most wildly popular Prius generations.
Lexus captured the essence of gen two and gen three Prius. The CT200h is a blend of elegance, style, and versatility based on the success of the Prius hatchback shape. The Lexus has different lines, lights, and windows that make it a very different looking car, but why would Lexus take on that shape specifically? I think it was to capture another part of the hybrid market that wanted an affordable (so to speak) luxury hybrid.
It is smart on the part of the Toyota/Lexus brand to share ideas that sell, and this is one reason Toyota does so well with marketing.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the Lexus CT200h and if you think it is just an overpriced Toyota Prius. Drop me a line. Thanks for reading. I hope you have a great pre-holiday weekend coming up. See you in the next story, Pro Tips From An Auto Instructor Allows Toyota Prius Owners To Steal Back Robbed Fuel Mileage
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter is also an Instructor of Automotive Technology at Columbia Basin College. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting