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LEXUS CT200h

First Drive: 2011 CT200h

The Lexus CT200h is the luxury brand s fifth offering.

Say the word, “hybrid,” and likely to respond with, And for good reason, considering the accounts for 75% of the gas-electric vehicles on the road, primarily in the form of the Prius.

But the Japanese maker’s marque has arguably made an bigger commitment to hybrid with four models accounting for nearly 15% of its total Now comes number five if Lexus planners have their homework, the launch of the new could bump that notably higher.

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Early on, Lexus saw technology as a way to deliver better without the mileage impact of bigger engines.  That approach was abandoned with the of the HS250h, the brand’s first – read: Prius-like – hybrid.  the HS proved that there’s room to deliver a truly product in today’s market, senior Lexus officials for the quirky little cars unappealing quirks.

With the of the 2011 Lexus CT200h, the hopes to get things in better using its high-tech, Prius-derived to not only deliver solid economy, but also to boost the quotient of what might be a lackluster Euro-styled hatchback.

The new Lexus CT200h is the smallest in the Lexus line-up.

Indeed, the CT is, at its heart, a car for the European market, compact size and functionality become the dominant driver – along with good of course.

If the basic appearance is that’s no surprise.  The CT200h is a Scion tC that’s been the Lexus L-finesse styling and that Prius powertrain.  To our surprise, it’s a more vehicle to drive than the tC or the Prius – and a major improvement the lame HS250h.

Measuring 170 inches, nose-to-tail, 69.5 wide and 57 inches tall, the is the smallest model in the Lexus  It’s crossover/wagon-style layout, with the rather upright design belies its small and provides a reasonably roomy with an acceptable back for something this small.

The CT200h can be operated in four modes, three of which are set this dial.

Where Prius has, if become a more ordinary and inspiring package, in its fourth when it comes to interior and creature comforts, the Lexus delivers a lot more of what expect from a vehicle in segment.  That means niceties as satellite radio, climate control and 17-inch We were particularly impressed by the seats and the optional bamboo

Considering the target buyer is a or Millennial, Lexus has incorporated nice high-tech features.  includes a special holder for an or other Smartphone, which it easy to use functions like Meanwhile, the mouse-like controller Lexus introduced on the redesigned RX, in has migrated to the center console of the

A mouse-like controller makes of operating vehicle systems on the

A significant amount of design inside and out, was done the environment in mind.  The body yields a slippery 0.29 coefficient.  Interior materials, the leathers and plastics, were to minimize the use of noxious chemicals, and 80% of the vehicle is recyclable, Lexus

Slipping behind the tilt/telescoping you hit the big start button and wait for the to come to life.  Once we’d like Lexus to a distinct tone that when its hybrid offering is to go.

Expect a price tag of around

Before you slip into you have the option to choose four different driving Sounds easy, but it’s a bit since you can set three – Sport, ECO or the default with the twist of a but must press a button for the EV mode.  In that setting get a mile or so on pure electric at up to 23 mph, depending on how charged up the are.

That gearshift by the way, is another source of While it’s better than in the HS250h, where it can jam the of a long-legged driver, the design is too awkwardly minivan-like.  We’d to see Lexus go to a more conventional especially if it wants to portray a like the CT200h as having a character.

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The CT200h drivetrain a total of 134 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of with both the 1.8-liter Cycle gas engine and the 500-volt driveline engaged.  In an interesting when you’re in Sport or slam the throttle down in Mode, the system switches to for an extra dose of power the nickel-metal hydride power

Borrowed from the Prius, the driveline on the Lexus CT200h at 500 volts — except in Mode, when it jumps to

Even then, acceleration is a bit on the side of sporty, with a 0 to 60 of just 9.8 seconds and a top speed of 112 The trade-off is that a less driver should get 43 mpg in the EPA’s cycle, 40 on the highway – and a few mpg more in ECO


The hefty battery drivetrain in a nose-heavy vehicle, a 60/40 weight balance, though has done a surprisingly good job of the apparent imbalance.  It’s done a good job using dampers, among other to minimize noise, vibration and It’s the brand’s first use of the which bridges the front towers.

Despite its small footprint, the CT200h has an unexpectedly roomy

Switching between modes more than impact acceleration.  In Sport, for example, becomes a little heavier to while the throttle becomes responsive.  Even the gauge changes, the battery status in the left LCD screen replaced by a

In keeping with Lexus the CT200h features an array of features, including the new Smart – which can spot and respond to a collision even before a motorist – as well as ABS, Control, and 8 airbags.

The left of this reconfigurable gauge from battery status to in Sport mode.

In the U.K. the CT200h is going for roughly pounds, which would into nearly $40,000 but American buyers should rolling out of Lexus showrooms for closer to $30,000, after a few and the usual destination charges.

For the they’ll get a car that’s a lot more fun to than the Toyota Prius – Lexus is still stretching the of sporty.  But compared to the soggy the new Lexus CT200h is a welcome to the brand’s expanding hybrid

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