The words sporty and hybrid are not commonly seen in the same sentence, yet the Lexus CT 200h is far from common. Based on the Toyota Prius, the CT aims to provide great gas mileage without the unsatisfactory driving experience of most hybrids.
It's not a complete success in this regard, but the CT 200h does have precise handling and excellent fuel economy, along with the lowest base price in the Lexus lineup. With only 134 horsepower coming from the combined efforts of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and electric drive motor, the fact that this hatchback is a hybrid cannot be hidden. Mated to a continuously variable transmission, the efficient powerplant delivers up to 43 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.Read more »
The CT 200h comes equipped with plenty of upscale features like: 17-inch alloy wheels; turn-signals in side-mirrors; LED daytime running lamps; NuLuxe upholstery; a chrome-finished shift knob; and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
One of the more interesting features is a Vehicle Proximity Notification system that emits noise at slow speeds so pedestrians can hear the otherwise quiet hybrid. Audio is provided through a six-speaker sound system with an MP3/iPod input and Bluetooth music streaming capability.
A navigation system with a 7-inch high-resolution display and backup camera is available as part of the Premium option group. Besides a sport-tuned suspension, the optional F Sport package includes 17-inch wheels with a dark graphite finish and black NuLuxe upholstery.
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Not as fuel-efficient, but a lot more fun-to-drive
Only has two passenger doors, but adults fit comfortably in the back seat
Sluggish base engine but a nice list of options and powertrains
Similar to the CT 200h without the sporty look and Lexus badge