2013 Lexus CT 200h

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EngineEngine I-4
MPGMPG 43 City / 40 Hwy
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2013 CT 200h Overview

The Lexus CT 200h is a five-door hatchback powered by a hybrid gas-electric powertrain taken from the Toyota Prius.The CT 200h is 6 inches shorter than the Prius, or about the same overall length as the Audi A3 wagon.

You do not plug this car in, you fill the tank with gas.It's propelled at times by both the electric motor and its four-cylinder engine, but at very low speeds it can run in electric-only mode for very short periods of time.The CT 200h achieves an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 43/40 mpg City/Highway.

The Lexus CT 200h F Sport has slightly firmer shocks, but its sports appeal is mainly aesthetic: black leather, racy 17-inch alloy wheels, mesh grilles, big rear spoiler, aluminum pedals, perforated leather steering wheel, titanium-gray metal instrument panel trim, and F Sport badging.

Born of a hatchback, the CT 200h looks like no other Lexus, from the sides and rear.The shape of the CT 200h looks more European than Japanese, and its profile from all angles is very similar to that of the Audi.The design was determined largely by wind tunnel testing, and the coefficient of drag is a low 0.29 Cd.It makes boxy look stylish, with smooth and flowing lines, from the contours on the hood up to the long roofline and straight back to the spoiler with a little lip over the muscular liftgate.The details of the design, trim and wheels are flawless.

Inside, the cabin is cozy with a comfortable driver's seat.Everything is easy to reach.The steering wheel is slightly flat-bottomed, making climbing in and out a little easier, but our knees still rubbed, even with the adjustable steering wheel raised.Rear-seat legroom is tight.Cargo space is about the same as a compact sedan, small for a hatch.The view rearward is restricted, and we recommend the optional rearview camera that comes with the navigation system.

With the Prius powertrain, the CT 200h makes 98 horsepower from the 1.8-liter Atkinson Cycle gas engine and 80 hp 60 (kW) from the motor/generator, for a total of 134 hp, not much.Its 0-60 mph acceleration time of 9.8 seconds is the same lethargic pace as that of the Prius.It corners so well that a driver might be lured into treating the car in a sporty manner, but the small engine and electronically controlled continuously variable transmission cannot respond to that urge.The CT has four driving modes: EV, Eco, Normal and Sport.Don't count on going anywhere in EV, the all-electric mode: We couldn't cross the street from the bank to the grocery store in EV mode.The best fuel economy we were able to extract ourselves was 38 mpg, though we weren't striving to drive green.

We were surprised and delighted to discover the CT 200h handles so well, and the F Sport goes even better.In any model, the cornering is spirited and secure.This Lexus has impressive balance, with a low center of gravity and centralized moment of inertia.The chassis offers high torsional rigidity, using a double-wishbone rear suspension, and sophisticated performance dampers.

Ride quality is very good.We …
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2013 CT 200h Overview

The Lexus CT 200h is a five-door hatchback powered by a hybrid gas-electric powertrain taken from the Toyota Prius.The CT 200h is 6 inches shorter than the Prius, or about the same overall length as the Audi A3 wagon.

You do not plug this car in, you fill the tank with gas.It's propelled at times by both the electric motor and its four-cylinder engine, but at very low speeds it can run in electric-only mode for very short periods of time.The CT 200h achieves an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 43/40 mpg City/Highway.

The Lexus CT 200h F Sport has slightly firmer shocks, but its sports appeal is mainly aesthetic: black leather, racy 17-inch alloy wheels, mesh grilles, big rear spoiler, aluminum pedals, perforated leather steering wheel, titanium-gray metal instrument panel trim, and F Sport badging.

Born of a hatchback, the CT 200h looks like no other Lexus, from the sides and rear.The shape of the CT 200h looks more European than Japanese, and its profile from all angles is very similar to that of the Audi.The design was determined largely by wind tunnel testing, and the coefficient of drag is a low 0.29 Cd.It makes boxy look stylish, with smooth and flowing lines, from the contours on the hood up to the long roofline and straight back to the spoiler with a little lip over the muscular liftgate.The details of the design, trim and wheels are flawless.

Inside, the cabin is cozy with a comfortable driver's seat.Everything is easy to reach.The steering wheel is slightly flat-bottomed, making climbing in and out a little easier, but our knees still rubbed, even with the adjustable steering wheel raised.Rear-seat legroom is tight.Cargo space is about the same as a compact sedan, small for a hatch.The view rearward is restricted, and we recommend the optional rearview camera that comes with the navigation system.

With the Prius powertrain, the CT 200h makes 98 horsepower from the 1.8-liter Atkinson Cycle gas engine and 80 hp 60 (kW) from the motor/generator, for a total of 134 hp, not much.Its 0-60 mph acceleration time of 9.8 seconds is the same lethargic pace as that of the Prius.It corners so well that a driver might be lured into treating the car in a sporty manner, but the small engine and electronically controlled continuously variable transmission cannot respond to that urge.The CT has four driving modes: EV, Eco, Normal and Sport.Don't count on going anywhere in EV, the all-electric mode: We couldn't cross the street from the bank to the grocery store in EV mode.The best fuel economy we were able to extract ourselves was 38 mpg, though we weren't striving to drive green.

We were surprised and delighted to discover the CT 200h handles so well, and the F Sport goes even better.In any model, the cornering is spirited and secure.This Lexus has impressive balance, with a low center of gravity and centralized moment of inertia.The chassis offers high torsional rigidity, using a double-wishbone rear suspension, and sophisticated performance dampers.

Ride quality is very good.We …Hide Full Review