2011 Lexus CT 200h Review Digital Trends

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2011 Lexus CT 200h

The word “hybrid” was first hundreds of years ago. two animals mated (say, a pig and a boar) they created a With cars. the word has lost its meaning. There are hybrids like the Ford electric cars with gas like the Chevy Volt. hybrids like the 2012 Lucerne, and a wide mix of “full like the Cadillac Escalade

Most of these cars either two motors (one gas and one or electric assistance in the powertrain.

The CT 200h is a hybrid of a hybrid. on the Toyota Prius platform, sporty luxury car is normally against the Audi A3 or a Volvo The styling screams compact the fuel economy of 43MPG in the suggests an economy sedan, but the appointments (e.g. headlamp and park assist sensors) the 200h in a completely new category.

whatever you want to call it, the is fun to drive despite its poor For the true technophile, the CT 200h is one of the interesting computerized machines

Reinventing what a hybrid look like

First, a bit styling. In some ways, the stance puts the 200h in competition with the C30, has a similar look. During our quite a few young adults and crowded around the car for a close gawking at the angular lines. are hints of the C30, with an shape that recalls the Ford Focus. The eye-drop lights are eye-catching and there’s a spoiler that has a touch of about it.

The design is unique that we were asked a few if the 200h was some sort of (well, it is) and if it was even available

Inside, the stitching is first-class all And other accents show as much attention to detail. you switch between sporty and mode, the interior lights and the turn red (for sporty) or (for normal).

Strangely, forgot to make the interior go in Eco mode. That might be an to the 2012 version.

The stereo is top-notch, but did not create a of surround-sound. The bass thumps a small car should, but will not be any plates off the wall at grandma’s

How do you want to drive today?

The draws here are the hybrid modes. Experimentation is key. You can try the mode and see if you want to sacrifice economy for extra pep.

Or, you can much more economically, slowly and never racing off the block to save fuel. makes for an engaging drive because there are so many ways to drive the vehicle.

The doesn’t just show you MPG – there’s actually a bar graph your MPG history. You use a mouse to move around the flip-up LCD And, the smart engineering the continuously variable transmission means the car can effortlessly switch a sport mode with fuming out the back or an all EV mode, ala the Volt (but only at low

That’s the most fascinating on the 200h. A large EV button in the stack engages only the motor to propel the vehicle. The glide reminds us of a Nissan There are quite a few conditions the EV mode will disable automatically: if you go too fast, push too on the accelerator, or even just use the too long and deplete the power.

about driver distraction. of the reason the 200h is so fun to drive, at for techies, is that you can constantly the EV mode, watch as your MPG up past 60, and wisp silently town. During one afternoon we managed to keep EV mode most of the time.

Helpfully, the also switches automatically to EV whenever it can, including descents and when you stop at a light.

There’s also an brake mode, marked a B on the shifter. In this mode, the is even less pronounced and the itself helps slow the This is almost like an brake on a diesel truck.


When you come around a and ease off the accelerator, the car assumes you to slow down quickly. You can forward movement without If you do brake, the 200h uses energy to charge the battery, but of you’ll need to use it to get going

Silicon can’t replace

When you take the 200h out on the things start to change. For the 0-60 rating of just 10 seconds makes the 200h underpowered, if not even a little for passing. There just any heft here. The engine is at 134 horsepower, and you’ll need horse.

Oddly, the driving feels a bit like adding to a shopping cart, and we mean in a good way. You’re to accelerate slowly, but the low-slung and responsive steering means corner is just a bit more We’d agree with reviewers who dismissed the 200h as but the 200h was never intended to an Audi A3 at the track.

It just looks that

Trunk space is just for a small car – not slim, but not exactly We crammed in three large bags with no problems. space is also just A teen found there was room to stretch out a bit in back, and had enough head space.

of the reason the car feels a bit roomy (at least for a small car) is it is so low to the ground. That meant to get ito the car, but once you are in there’s of headspace.

Like one of our other rides, the 2012 VW Jetta, the CT 200h was hard to give after a week. The main was due to all of the tech features – they you want to drive more and the MPG rating or get the EV mode to last as as possible. Interestingly, on the last day of we also found that the car was as fun as the Nissan Juke and C30 at zipping corners, driving with abandon on open roads and into parking open

Green geeks wanted

is one of those “yes we’d buy it” that matched up well our interests: the EV mode and engine modes, the sporty drive, handling, and a good stereo. a high cost for this of a hybrid” approach – the CT 200h $29,120 base (our was $38,000). But after driving 30 to 40 over the past 10 months, unique styling and eco features it stand out.



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