Lexus CT 200h: Lexus CT 200h is a hybrid in many ways — Los Angeles Times

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Lexus CT 200h is a multifaceted

The five-door hatchback is a hybrid of and efficiency, entry-level economics and luxury and, unfortunately, and cost cutting.

The car starts at for a well-equipped base model, and a options (Toyota )

Lexus introduced an all-new car, the CT and it’s a hybrid in more than one.

To that this five-door hatchback is a of performance and efficiency, entry-level and stylish luxury and, Lexus and cost cutting.

The CT sits at the bottom of the Lexus and the company hopes to use the car as a gateway to lure younger consumers Lexus dealerships for the first Frankly it’s surprising didn’t come out with car sooner.

The car starts at $29,995 for a base model, and a short list can top out a CT at an eyelash shy of $40,000. price range, the hatchback and the younger, more urban audience mean its competitors other premium compact such as the Audi A3, Volvo C30 and BMW 1

Putting the hybrid in this is the same drivetrain that’s in the Prius. In this application, the Protection Agency rates economy at 43 miles per gallon in the and 40 mpg on the highway. Over about 250 I averaged almost 38 mpg.

The is a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder piece puts out 98 horsepower. Working in with this engine is an motor with a maximum of 80 horsepower (60 kilowatts).

Yet the total for this Lexus is 134. Do not your calculators; 98 plus 80 doesn’t equal 134. says the car puts out only much because the nickel-metal battery is capable of transferring 36 horsepower from the electric hence the total of 134 horsepower.

Drivers can choose how to wield power using the standard Mode Selection feature. a dial on the center console, can choose from Eco, (the default setting) and settings.

The Eco mode limits ability to accelerate and restricts the air to maximize efficiency. Sport bumps the electric motor’s to its maximum voltage, firms up the and allows the gas engine to rev high. It the point at which the CT’s traction control and stability intervene. Unfortunately, these cannot be turned off completely.

the CT into Sport mode switches the efficiency gauge to the speedometer into a tachometer and the backlighting to an ominous red.

this display change is a trick, it has no practicality. Knowing engine speed is useful in cars, but that’s because you can the gear you’re in. However, Lexus uses a single-speed, variable transmission (CVT) to its power to the front wheels. In instance, rpm is meaningless.

The transmission worked fine in Eco and modes; it was content to keep the operating at a low speed, making quiet in the cabin. Only switched to Sport and the engine was to explore higher rpm did things get noisy for a Lexus.

Had Lexus the ability to simulate shifts, as on other CVTs, it’s to think passenger enjoyment and engagement would have greater.

Also making unfortunately loud given the pedigree was road noise. You too much of it while driving on the Purely anecdotal evidence to the insubstantial body panels and that close with a sound that might be on a low-end Toyota Yaris but not a that can run you $40,000.

Noisy oversights aside, the CT can actually be fun. It’s that one can appreciate the, hybridization of fuel efficiency and dynamics. Can you say that about Prius?

With a 0-60 time of 9.8 seconds, this car performance through the lens of prowess rather than strength. Neck-snappingly powerful it not even close.

But the CT’s composure and communicative steering for an entertaining dance partner on roads. This was especially with the car in Sport mode. It well throughout turns, only hints of understeer and made the most of its independent suspension.

The inside of the CT also spirited driving. The seats are supportive and comfortable. The size and of the steering wheel merits a I wanted to take it with me to my car.

The rest of the cabin has a substantive, feel to it with one exception.

CTs come with a stereo that looks as if it was pulled out of the Lexus LS 400 (circa 1989). But at it’s attached to decent Adding the optional navigation is a pricey venture at $3,545, but the includes a better sound and a backup camera.

The $32,325 CT Premium I tested lacked the system but did have fake seats, XM satellite radio, air bags and Bluetooth connectivity. A roof, heated front and a backup camera that’s placed in the rear-view mirror options.

Lexus expects to sell a month, but hitting this will depend on whether buyers can look past the noise and pricey options and find that it strikes the balance between economics and

Which it does. It’s a hybrid. Gregor Mendel be proud.

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