Lexus CT Hybrid | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine. – If you’ve decided your next vehicle will be a hybrid but you don’t want one that stands out like the Prius and also wouldn’t mind increased luxury and fun to drive quotient the 2012 Lexus CT 200h could be the one for you. An entry-level luxury hatchback, the 2012 Lexus CT 200h is a hybrid vehicle powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that powers 134 hp and 153 lb-ft of torque. An electronic CVT transmission is paired with FWD to enable the CT 200h to achieve an EPA estimated 43 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. Features include a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, LED headlights, navigation system, hands-free phone capabilities, remote touch, and the utilization of bio-sourced materials. Safety is comprised of eight airbags, vehicle stability control, smart stop technology, back-up camera, rain-sensing wipers, and whiplash injury protection. The CT 200h is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.
The CT 200h is Lexus’s fifth hybrid offering the most of any automobile nameplate and with a combined city-highway mileage of 42 mpg, it is the only vehicle in the luxury segment to top 40 mpg. Since coming on the market last year, while decidedly below the kingpin Prius in sales numbers, it has otherwise ranked relatively well. Classified as a compact car, the CT (Compact Tourer) is the smallest Lexus at 170.1 inches long, 69.5 inches wide, and 56.7 inches tall. It is built on a version of the platform that also underpins the Scion tC, Toyota Corolla and the larger Lexus HS 250h.
Luxury buyers have a growing list of options when it comes to environmentally friendly, high-efficiency vehicles. The CT200h is based on sibling Toyota’s Prius model, but adds Lexus-style luxury appointments. For a Lexus, it’s inexpensive with base prices starting under $30,000, but the CT comes with the styling, interior appointments and safety Lexus owners expect.
Also new for 2012, all CT 200h models receive an audible pedestrian warning system. As federal regulators study warning sound devices eventually to be made mandatory for electric and hybrid vehicles, Lexus is doing what others are as well and bringing in its version early. The warning system is designed to help make pedestrians to be aware of the presence of hybrid or electric vehicles traveling at low speeds on city streets and automatically turns off above a certain speed. Pricing for the 2012 CT 200h is unchanged from 2011: $29,120 for the base model, $31,250 for the premium trim. Source: hybridcars.com, autotrader.com, autocarrelease.com.