• Dec 14, 2010
2011 Lexus CT 200h – Click above for high-res image gallery

If Lexus has any hope of meeting its goal of selling 1,000 CTs here in the U.S. each month, the little hybrid hatchback is going to need an attractive price point. Whether or not $29,120, the rumored base price of the 2011 CT 200h (*not including destination, taxes, etc.), will be enough to get foot traffic in Lexus dealerships remains to be seen.

According to the website The Lexus Enthusiast, this pricing data was mistakenly leaked a day ahead of its planned-for arrival by the official blog for Lexus of Reno, apparently since removed. If true, a tad over $31K out the door ought to nab you a nicely equipped CT with a moonroof and heated seats, and of course there are a slew of available options that include premium audio, navigation, leather seating surfaces and Lexus' Pre-Collision technology.

For what it's worth, assuming these prices are accurate, the 2011 CT 200h will be the least expensive new Lexus sold in America. The base price for the IS series and HS 250h hybrid sedan is several thousand dollars higher. And, perhaps more importantly, the CT looks to be priced about $2,000 less than the 2011 Audi A3 TDI.



Photos copyright ©2010 Damon Lavrinc / AOL

[Source: The Lexus Enthusiast]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I sat in it, studied it at the autoshow. In person it looks 5% better than in photos. I'd say it's pretty like a Subaru if you get my drift. It's almost as if they planned to make it 'funky' looking so it didn't go to 'granny'. Doesn't really work for me. Good brown paint and with one exception, a rather nice interior. I'll go on record here though... I really do NOT like exposed cup-holders. It seems really cheap to me. Like Econoline van-cheap. (but you can spend a lot on a car and not have covered/hidden cupholders -see Audi A4, S5, Q5.. )
      • 4 Years Ago
      I understand the appeal of some hybrids, but wouldn't a car of this size, price and type benefit more from being light weight and having a high tech conventional drivetrain?

      On a side note, I didn't know there was such thing as a Lexus enthusiast, much less that they had a website.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I understand the appeal of some hybrids, but wouldn't a car of this size, price and type benefit more from being light weight and having a high tech conventional drivetrain?"
        Not if you want to do really well on crash tests, and giving it a well insulated (sound wise) cabin befitting a Lexus. I don't know why people make it sound like it'd be super easy to hit the same fuel economy levels that hybrids hit just by making cars lighter-what car out there offers the same fuel economy as a Prius?! People usually like to point out older cars like the Geo Metro, except not only does the Prius have far better fuel economy than even that car, it's also way more practical with far more passenger and cargo space. Not to mention that it's not a super under-powered death trap like the Metro (the high fuel economy XFi version was detuned even further to a whopping 49hp).

        And frankly, cars like the Prius and CT200h aren't even that heavy compared to the conventional cars in their class. For some reason people make it sound like the hybrid powertrain is adding a ton of weight, but the Prius really doesn't weigh more than the conventional cars that have similar passenger volumes. It's curb weight is 3042 pounds...which makes it lighter than the Chevy. It also has more leg room in front than the Cruze, more leg room in the rear than the Cruze, more shoulder room in the front (though slightly less in the rear), etc. so it essentially has the same practical passenger space while actually being lighter.

        Similarly, the CT200h only weighs 3120 pounds. Which makes it 200 pounds LIGHTER than the Audi A3 TDI. So quit making it sound like hybrids are insanely heavy-Toyota's dedicated hybrids aren't heavier than similarly sized competitors, and frankly they're probably lighter a good deal of the time. If you're going to call out the CT200h and Prius for weight then show me a similar vehicle that's lighter? I can't think of a single conventionally powered car with the same passenger volume and cargo space of the Prius that's lighter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm a "tech-geek engineer" and I despise hybrids. Most engineers worth their salt will share this opinion. We know they're garbage.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A lot of the EEs I know drive Prius'. And the attorneys I work with drive a smorgasbord of vehicles. It's hardly as simple as EVO and BMW. Not everyone's a diehard car enthusiast.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You don't have to be a car enthusiast to be a whore to brand names.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I meant in terms of efficiency and performance, but, for the record, IT guys would spend that money on an EVO or an STI, and lawyers will always worship at the altar of BMW, the only Lexus exception is the LS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "[W]ouldn't a car of this size, price and type benefit more from being light weight and having a high tech conventional drivetrain?"

        How do you figure?

        In many professional circles, having a hybrid is a good thing. Tech-geek engineers, liberal lawyers, etc. - and Lexus is totally one of the brands they'd consider.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, and I second your sentiment about Lexus "enthusiasts."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nothing about this automobile is attractive, a total design failure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      kind of like a 4 door volvo c30
      but a toyota (lexus)
      and a little ugly / mazdaspeed 3
      • 4 Years Ago
      this car is about $4K too expensive
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, a really expensive Camry! Fail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have started with the Camry Hybrid powerplant and added another motor or two for the rear. Make it AWD with some sort of electric torque vectoring. An extra motor or two at the rear would help with regen.

      Toyota's HSD has some merit, although not for the enthusiast. Very low initial and mid term costs of ownership with HSD. I used to own a 2006 Highlander Hybrid. At 30k and 60k miles there wasn't really anything that needed to be done. No fluid changes other than oil, brakes last much longer due to regen. Yearly cost of maintenance for that thing was really low. True it was $4-5k more when new, but gave back a few mpg more, a little less maintenance, a little better acceleration than the standard V-6. It also had a bit better resale value, further cutting into that $4k to 5k.
      mardis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where is the AWD ? This car will miss the mark in many major snow belt markets. Shame.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not bad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      IT guys would spend that money on an EVO or an STI, and lawyers will always worship at the altar of BMW, the only Lexus exception is the LS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is just no conviction with this design. It looks like a committee was given a photobook of 5 year old designs, and told to cut and paste them into a new design. Sometimes a characterless shape can be given some life by nice detailing, but not here - even the details are soul-destroyingly lifeless. Who would actually buy this thing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very reasonable starting price. My wife's MINI is getting a big long in the tooth and we'd like to have something efficient that seats 4 (and handle well, of course, since we enjoy the MINI's handling). The interior looks pretty luxurious for the price range and we only drive hatchbacks, so this is pretty tailor made for us. I wonder how much the F sport wheels will cost. Those really transform the look of it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you want frugal and great handling steer clear of this hatch, read the European reviews, no match for the current standard bearers. Frugal? Sure. Sporty, fun, great handling? No, the enthusiast was not this cars focus hence the marketing we are seeing, address your shortcomings as an advantage with marketing.

        It'll sell fine with those low expectations and people won't be buying it for the same reason they've loved their minis
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