Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2017 Ford C-MAX Hybrid VS 2017 Lexus CT200h Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2017 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

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2017 Lexus CT200h

Safety Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid Titanium’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The CT200h doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the C-MAX Hybrid Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The CT200h doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the C-MAX Hybrid and the CT200h have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available collision warning systems and front and rear parking sensors.

The Ford C-MAX Hybrid weighs 510 pounds more than the Lexus CT200h. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Lighter cars are also affected more by crosswinds.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 17 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the C-MAX Hybrid’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 54 more horsepower (188 vs. 134) than the CT200h’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford C-MAX Hybrid is faster than the Lexus CT200h:




Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.1 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

78 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the CT200h (13.5 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The C-MAX Hybrid has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The CT200h doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the C-MAX Hybrid’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CT200h:




Front Rotors

10.94 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

10.9 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the C-MAX Hybrid has larger tires than the CT200h (225/50R17 vs. 215/45R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CT200h’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The C-MAX Hybrid’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The CT200h doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the C-MAX Hybrid’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the CT200h (104.3 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

The C-MAX Hybrid’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.4% to 42.6%) than the CT200h’s (58.8% to 41.2%). This gives the C-MAX Hybrid more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the C-MAX Hybrid Titanium is quieter than the CT200h (68 vs. 69 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the C-MAX Hybrid is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the CT200h is rated a Compact.

The C-MAX Hybrid has 13.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CT200h (99.7 vs. 86.1).

The C-MAX Hybrid has 2.6 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the CT200h.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the CT200h (24.5 vs. 14.3 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the C-MAX Hybrid offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or, optionally on the C-MAX Hybrid Titanium, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The CT200h doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the C-MAX Hybrid and the CT200h have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the C-MAX Hybrid is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CT200h prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the C-MAX Hybrid’s available exterior PIN entry system. The CT200h doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The C-MAX Hybrid’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The CT200h’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The C-MAX Hybrid has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The CT200h doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The C-MAX Hybrid has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CT200h doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The C-MAX Hybrid Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The CT200h doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the C-MAX Hybrid owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the C-MAX Hybrid will cost $820 to $1235 less than the CT200h over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the C-MAX Hybrid is less expensive to operate than the CT200h because typical repairs cost much less on the C-MAX Hybrid than the CT200h, including $523 less for a water pump, $335 less for an alternator, $309 less for fuel injection, $113 less for a fuel pump, $1077 less for a timing belt/chain and $1621 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford C-MAX Hybrid will be $3031 to $4974 less than for the Lexus CT200h.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford C-MAX Hybrid, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lexus CT200h isn't recommended.

The Ford C-MAX outsold the Lexus CT200h by almost two to one during the 2016 model year.

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