SONS Automotive Group Compares 2017 BMW i3 VS 2017 Lexus CT200h Near Buford, GA

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2017 BMW i3

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2017 BMW i3

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2017 Lexus CT200h

Safety Comparison

Both the i3 and the CT200h have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

The i3’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the CT200h’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the i3 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the CT200h.

There are over 43 percent more BMW dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the i3’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 7th.

Engine Comparison

The i3’s electric motor produces 36 more horsepower (170 vs. 134) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 153) than the CT200h’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW i3 is faster than the Lexus CT200h:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

10.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

10.7 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.5 sec

4.7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.1 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

18 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

78 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the i3 gets better fuel mileage than the CT200h (MPGe):



i3 60Ah

i3 94Ah

i3 REx




137 city/111 hwy

129 city/106 hwy

118 city/103 hwy

43 city/40 hwy

The i3 REx’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 97 miles, 97 times as far as the CT200h’s 1-mile range.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the i3’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CT200h:




Front Rotors

11 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

10.9 inches

The i3’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CT200h are solid, not vented.

The i3 stops much shorter than the CT200h:





70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the i3 has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the CT200h. The i3 offers optional 20-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the i3 is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the CT200h.

The i3’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.5% to 51.5%) than the CT200h’s (58.8% to 41.2%). This gives the i3 more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the i3’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the CT200h’s (32.3 feet vs. 34.2 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The BMW i3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Lexus CT200h.

The i3 is 1 foot, 1.9 inches shorter than the CT200h, making the i3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The i3 has 1.2 inches more front headroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the CT200h.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The i3 has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the CT200h (15.1 vs. 14.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The i3’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The CT200h’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the i3 has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The CT200h doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The i3’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 i3’s optional Parking Assistant 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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the i3 is less expensive to operate than the CT200h because typical repairs cost much less on the i3 than the CT200h, including $12 less for front struts and $757 less for a power steering pump.

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