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By George Straton. June 10, at 9:54 am

Recently, here at He Said , we received an e-mail a reader. Theirs was the plight of a new job required a 50 mile per day round-trip from home.

The reader for our recommended short list for the top efficient cars. In mid sentence, as we to say something positive above the Prius   gas-electric hybrid we were beaten back But that thing looks so. boring.

Toyota’s touche to not-so-uncommon sentiment is the Lexus CT200h. Starting at a base of $29,000 it is requires the lowest of admission to Toyota’s luxury Lexus has seen to it that the CT200h buyers do not at all get acheap even if the donor platform is with the Toyota Corolla and the drivetrains come straight cousin Toyota Prius. The CT200h avoids much of the to a Hoover upright that its Prius bears.

Instead it looks the part of a projectile, even if in doing so  it is optimistic. Thin, raked-back LED headlights, trimmed in more sitting aside that deep front fascia, can the dual  intimidating/ beguiling Do you see a hot hatch back end, with roof spoiler and around glass ala the Lexus RX400h CUV?

We do.

The differences the Lexus CT200h and your Prius are more stark the machine. No hard surfaces as in the Prius. The Prius’ quirky stack drive mode and start button are moved to traditional locations: next to the wheel and on the center console, Plop into the deepest buckets ever witnessed in a covered in [optional] perforated  you immediately realize the effect of the belt-line. CT200h drivers are by a more traditional TFT analog cluster, replete with mode flow display.

  Lay your forearm arm on that center console and enjoy the movement of the [optional] joystick for the [optional] info-tainment/ navigation with motorized screen. those who love the huge seat and hatch cargo of the standard Prius may not find joy with the CT200h.  Blame it on 4 wheelbase and a far more sloping

In the Lexus tradition, the CT200h rock solid. Nary a of trim was spared the attention to and appearance.

Any concession the CT200h makes to the in size or overall utility be more than rewarded in of driving excitement, right?  it is not nearly the cardiac-arresting kind. all, each CT200h the same 98 hp Atkinson cycle gas engine, augmented by a 60 kw synchronous AC motor, found in the Toyota which is good for a combined of 134 hp.

Torque ratings are the same 105 at 5000 rpm for the gas engine and 150 lb-ft for the motor.  The same Nickel Hydride battery pack, under the hatch area and stores 27kw of juice. is sent to the front drive by a Continually Variable Transmission.

weight has remained in check at lbs. remarkable since the gets more luxurious extra kit, 4 wheel brakes and larger alloy with wider rubber.


The translation into forward is similar to that in Prius-land. An application of the right foot to the in the CT200h is met with an engine inclined to deliberate over the orders. Once the engine deciphers things the CT200h reach 60 mph in an un-hurried 10 seconds. is so despite the re-calibration of the throttle and for a more authoritative feel what is available  in the Prius.

selecting Sport Mode changes the instrument cluster from blue to red, and the power-flow display with a TFT It might have been our but even the exhaust under sounded throatier.

With the CT200h there is less of a from the road thanks to suspension bits. No marshmallow or springs here. In Sport the electric steering rack  is enough to keep up with the low 245/ 45 series Michelin MXM all-season performance tires on 17 alloy wheels. Front end and body roll are minimal to higher-rate springs and dampers on our model.

Sizable discs on all four of the CT200h suggest that the were intended for something than mere regeneration of for the battery pack. Of consequence to with sporting aspirations is the of the annoying push-back of the brake observed in the Prius and other hybrids over heartier in the pavement.

Fory-three (43) miles per gallon that we in the 2012 Lexus CT200h that our commuting reader use but a drop over 1 gallon of gas their 50 mile commute.   our $38,600 CT200h included in aforementioned Lexus options, it is the way of saying tree-hugger and flair in the sentence.

When we see a 2012 Lexus in Daybreak Yellow Mica, we see



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