Unlike many hybrid cars, which began life as a gasoline-only model, the Lexus CT 200h was designed as a hybrid. The five-door hatchback has a sporty look with plenty of power and handling to place it squarely in the fun-to-drive category.
The Lexus Hybrid Drive system makes effective use of its 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine and electric motor (which produce a combined 134 horsepower) to offer enough torque to put a smile on your face every time you leave a stop light. Top-end power means you can easily pass other cars on the highway.
For more fun, select the Sport driving mode to make the CT 200h even more responsive. Thanks to the hybrid setup, the sporty driving experience doesn’t compromise fuel economy It has an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated rating of 43 city/40 highway mpg – the best of any Lexus.
With a starting price of $31,250, the CT 200h is the least expensive model in the entire Lexus product line. Yet even as the entry-level Lexus, it comes with a long list of luxury items. Standard features include eco-friendly NuLuxe upholstery that has the look of high-quality leather, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, dual-zone climate control, and a six-speaker audio system with voice recognition and Bluetooth hands-free capability.
Additional luxury options include premium audio with a six-disc CD changer and 10 speakers, perforated leather seats, heated seats, rain-sensing wipers, moonroof and Lexus’ Pre-Collision System with automatic cruise control. The top-of-the-line F Sport brings the sportiness to the next level with a specially tuned sport suspension and a sportier look inside and out with a unique grille, two-tone 17-inch wheels, black upholstery, aluminum pedals and metallic trim on the dash.
The test 2017 Lexus CT 200h, which included the luxury and navigation packages as well as intuitive park assist and power moonroof, is priced at $38,475.
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