2014 Lexus CT200h Hybrid Car and Rider

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2014 Lexus CT200h

Posted by ty on September 22, 2013 at AM

2014 Lexus CT200h

Bottom Line:  Gorgeous quality, impressively frugal and a sporting chassis, but pricey.  electric-gasoline drivetrain is remarkably in city driving, but the combined 134 is barely adequate on the highway.  The is for the well-heeled, and an expensive way to save the

This is my third time the Lexus CT200h hybrid since it was first introduced.  impressive, and if I was FORCED to buy a hybrid the Lexus CT200h would be my

But I don’t like hybrids They’re too expensive.  Ok, the CT200h is as a luxury compact, and luxurious it is.

  quality is run-of-the-mill Lexus – is, simply outstanding.  The cabin is surface materials are soft to the and have that ‘correct’ that instantly communicates and all the controls are laid out in a ‘mature’, fashion.  (Unlike the Honda that feels like it has a box interface and screams “HYBRID!”

What’s the CT200h like to

The CT200h is brilliant in city Keyless entry and ignition only needing the key fob in your to enter the car and push the Start In warm weather testing, the CT run on the electric battery (at first) so a “Ready” light on the dash you the car is ‘running.’  The CT has three operating Eco, Standard, and Performance.

  response (tip in) and CVT transmission are different for each setting.

Where hybrid cars are more fuel efficient straight gasoline or diesel are in stop-and-go traffic.  The hybrids typically shut their gas off when the car is coasting or stopped.  Our CT made the transition between gas-electric drive unobtrusively.

car feels small”, observes the first time she rides in Well, it is a compact car, I But she’s right.

  The cabin more intimate than our ’07 GT, but it’s not claustrophobic.

What’s the like on the highway?

On the highway, the is pleasantly quiet and wind is very well controlled.  compliance is very good, a much better ride any of the compact cars we’ve recently, and road noise is well controlled.  This Lexus sportwagon is among the compact cars on the road.

The 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine and motor deliver a combined 134 which is entirely functional for driving.  But on the highway, this feels strained to maintain 120 on some of the steep grades Calgary and Edmonton.

Second row folds flat, unlike in the segment

What kind of economy does this get in real world driving?

In a mix about 15-percent city and highway driving, the CT200h a real world 5.6 L/100 km some 800 km.  That’s impressive fuel consumption.  If we have done more driving, fuel usage have likely been lower.

Main gauges are and highly readable


Is the Lexus CT200h hybrid the money?

No, not from a strictly cost perspective.

Let’s at the numbers.

Our test 2014 came with the F Sport and a $39,037 MSRP ($37,400 + F Sport pkg + $237 block

That’s pricey, but let’s at fuel economy savings.  a rating of 4.5/5.8 city/hwy km, we’ll compare the CT200h to a sportwagon.

We priced out a loaded GS Skyactiv sportwagon ($21,895 transmission plus these leather pkg $1400, touring $1400, power moonroof aero body kit $747, fog $535, cruise control satellite radio $480, in dash CD player $914, a $27,851 MSRP.  The Mazda’s Skyactiv engine is rated at 155 7.1/5.0 city/hwy L/100 km.

At 20,000 km per year and today’s gas of $1.13/litre (worst case for the non-hybrid Mazda, highest consumption, all city driving), the will cost $1605. costs for one year of city in the CT200h will cost The Lexus hybrid will you $588 dollars per year in cost.

But. the CT200h is dollar MORE than the While driving the CT200h save you $588 dollars year, it will take you years to ‘break even.’

Ok, an apples and oranges comparison, but you see the

From a pure financial buying the Lexus hybrid make economic sense, but does wearing an Armani Jimmy Choo shoes or a watch.

If you can afford it, the 2014 Lexus hybrid sportwagon is a fine and as stated previously, it’s the one I’d buy if I had to.  But it is a pricey choice.



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