All CT 200hs are four-door hatchbacks with a distinctive roofline. A traditional gas-hybrid driveline (no plug-in socket) puts a maximum of 134 horsepower through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to the front wheels. Lexus frames the CT 200h as the small-and-sporty member of the lineup, but it is at its best serenely managing a maze of city streets or cruising along gently winding roads. In either situation it returns excellent fuel economy: EPA estimates are 43 mpg city/40 mpg highway.
The CT 200h is available in two trim levels:
- The standard CT 200h starts at $32,200 after delivery. Standard equipment includes pushbutton start, Drive Mode Select that switches between different suspension and engine-management options, SiriusXM satellite radio, and seats upholstered in high-grade NuLuxe synthetic material.
- The CT 200h F Sport re-tunes the suspension for more responsive handling and adds a few sport-inspired styling touches and some additional paint and interior options. MSRP is $33,930 with delivery.
Option packages are assertively tiered:
- The Luxury package (leather trim, seat and mirror position memory) contains everything in the Premium package (rain-sensing wipers, electrochromic rear-view mirror) which in turn contains the Seat Comfort package (power adjustment and heaters for both front chairs).
- The Navigation package adds map software to the Display Audio package, which features an upgraded stereo with HD receiver, large control screen, a rear-view camera, and expanded Enform features.
The F Sport's performance pretensions don't quite square with the the CT 200h's identity as a comfortable and urbane commuter. On the other hand, the tech features of the Navigation Package are an excellent complement to the CT 200h's clean and sophisticated worldview.
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