2013 Lexus CT200h F Sport disappoints — National Auto Reviews | Examiner.com

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Developing and that right entry vehicle is a very delicate in getting the right level of the DNA, luxury and performance that vehicle in a size allows an attractive price retaining the brand DNA attributes.

We it is questionable that the manufacturer the objective — in many — in getting, and then a brand loyal customer forward. Particularly in the high or luxury brand vehicles the size of the vehicle is so often a key in its luxury and performance cache for the

Each manufacturer who tries to that train of thought to offer a low price, with identifiable features in an entry vehicle for new customers, who have purchase resources to, in this own a Lexus branded vehicle.

For we are not sure that their entry level vehicle, the Lexus CT200h — at at the base level, meets objective. Let’s take a

Starting with a couple of factors, the CT200h offers a access to the Lexus luxury of automobiles at a low price point $32,050), with an environmental hybrid electric power and excellent fuel economy of mpg City/Highway with an average of 42

Lexus is able to borrow their Toyota parent considerable expertise in hybrid and, accordingly, the CT200h heavily on the reliable Toyota power train engineering for its gear.

The power train is a inline-4 gas engine that with a pair of electric generators to deliver 134 horsepower to the wheel drive system the continuously variable transmission

From the Lexus heritage, it the Drive Mode Select to enhance its performance by enabling the to make the CT200h more or efficient with the simple of the switch. ECO mode moderates the response, engine power and climate settings for increased efficiency. Normal mode the optimal balance of fuel and engine performance.

For performance driving the Sport alters the power train for and more dynamic throttle and the EV mode enables short driving at low speeds on the battery alone.

So much for the good

As for the CVT integration with the Drive Select system . we do not like ECO as it is sluggish and pretty unresponsive in for it to give maximum fuel

Normal mode delivers a good driving experience, the Sport mode takes it to a closer to how we would expect a to perform.

Overall, to cut to the chase, we find the size (compact) of the CT200h to be a in making this look, and perform like a Lexus at the level — especially at the level MSRP price For $32,000 — without — it is just not a Lexus.

We been driving a 2013 CT200h Premium F Sport for the past week and find loaded up with available the CT200h does begin to be like the Lexus we would but that experience and satisfaction comes with a higher

Our test CT200h Premium F came with the Premium with Navigation for $890 added some normally standard interior features and the audio system to a 10-speaker unit.

Also added was the F Package with Black Interior for $2,930 which the more responsive F Sport suspension along with assortment of F Sport accessory which make it look like a Lexus, but do not add measurably to the


LED auto leveling headlamps another $1,215 with the package being the HDD Navigation for another $2,785 which the higher end assortment of infotainment, and convenience technologies you would associate with a Lexus.

these added packages, CT200h (now a Premium F was a lot more like a Lexus be in appearance, interior amenities and offerings than the base entry priced CT200h

With delivery this up, 2013 Lexus CT200h F Sport priced out at a pretty $40,515.

Unfortunately even these options added, our experience in the CT200h Premium F was less than our expectation and not to the level of the F Sport experience in the (larger) Lexus F Sport

We found it very small to get in and out of, the seating to be uncomfortable with not placed properly — seating and head room and the power train to be more for economy than performance ride quality that was not Lexus.

A better choice for — with a probable factor of satisfaction and customer — would be to not try and engage new owners at the compact segment.

The (MSRP $35,950) or the ES350 $36,470) models (which we driven) would make far choices for entry level at the next segments up.

Adding available options to the IS or ES would, of increase those price but the size of the vehicles makes a better choice performer for a true Lexus DNA drive and experience — and keeping the in a Lexus going forward.

The is continued for 2014 with minor changes on the exterior and to bring in more of the Lexus factors such as the distinctive grille and some other adjustments to lines and lighting.

Sales for the CT200h continue in the of 12-15,000 per year and we expect 2014 will not be better that.

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