2013LexusCT 200h Review By David Thomas

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Minor changes may not make the CT 200h feel like an model, but it remains one of the most hybrids on the market.

A luxury isn’t an easy sell. A hybrid with sporty is an even harder one. Yet since Lexus’ compact CT hatchback debuted a few years it has impressed by exuding cool and delivering results at the pump.

The edition gets a few minor most notably a new schnoz takes on the spindle design of the new GS, ES and the RX SUV. There’s also a new F version, which I tested for review.

You can compare the 2012 and models here .


The CT 200h looks a lot faster it is; I wouldn’t call acceleration the strong suit. Other pointed to sluggish off-the-line an uncivilized continuously variable transmission and unresponsive throttle.

Hit a road with even the curvature, though, and you realize why the CT is so appealing. The little hatch around curves with a nimbleness reserved for small not front-wheel-drive hatchbacks. In fact, its radius is even smaller the standard Mini Cooper

Three drive modes Normal and Sport allow for adjustments. Indeed, when set in the steering tightens and the CVT revs stronger. Eco dampens the accelerator than any other setting, the CT slow for the sake of better

And what of mileage? Rated mpg city/highway/combined, the CT falls in the middle of hybrids, but it holds a unique in the luxury market. There are no 50 mpg like the Toyota Prius luxury brands. Acura’s new ILX sedan has EPA numbers of 39/38/38 A gas-powered automatic Mini in comparison, rates 28/36/31

Driving aggressively around with the kids over a and on a few 45-mile round-trip commutes, the computer read an impressive 39 mpg the entire time, dipping that figure mostly in The weather was in the low 30s most of the time, can lower mileage in any vehicle but especially hybrids.


The may have gotten a few upgrades, but remains the same as the last CT I a few years ago. It’s a interior, but it doesn’t scream and it just feels small.

Our car’s all-black interior an already tight cabin even more confining, but I had of headroom and legroom when alone. After I put my kids in the however, I had to move my seat up than I was comfortable with to them room.

I’m average height, at and I found the front to be a bit small. editors complained loudly, one he felt like he was in a cave.

The are decent for an entry-level luxury but at $32,945 to start, the CT 200h exactly cheap (all cited include destination The roomier ILX Hybrid starts at but packs less driving For another $1,000, the F Sport on the Lexus added a claustrophobia-inducing headliner to the black interior, as as a unique steering wheel. Yet the car with faux-leather seat called NuLuxe. Leather an additional $1,330.

Lexus’ optional navigation and system in my test car is a generation versions I’ve tested in the new GS and ES. The mimics a computer mouse, but commands to be entered via a button on the where your thumb Newer versions let you click on the itself. The 7-inch display is also considerably smaller the 12.3-inch screens the larger pack.

Despite its ease of I’m not sure the option is its $2,735 price. An upgraded isn’t part of the package; it in an $890 Premium Package, buyers are unlikely to escape on the already on dealer lots.

I was a bit surprised by how much room the provided. I was expecting something to the Mini Cooper’s 5.7 cubic but it’s rated at 14.3 feet. The CT 200h fit a day of shopping with my kids meaning the had to fit without the rear seats down.

The added utility of the hatch and rear seats definitely the CT apart from the ILX: The sedan has only 10 cubic of trunk space.


The Institute for Highway Safety the CT 200h a Top Safety Pick, Good ratings in side, and medium-overlap frontal crash as well as roof strength. A strenuous small-overlap front has yet to be performed on the CT 200h.

The National Traffic Safety Administration has not the CT 200h.

CT 200h in the Market

Is even a market for a sporty, hatchback hybrid? Judging by CT sales to date, there’s a one; it has clearly been a as a niche car.

It’s easy to see why people it. It delivers inspired handling and 40 with a small amount of thrown in.

The price may keep shoppers away, though are plenty of thrills for less at dealerships, even if they do more at the pump.


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