The 2011 Lexus CT 200h is an eco-conscious, somewhat sporty compact hybrid hatchback. It takes Lexus to a new audience the company hasn’t sought out before: Gen X and Gen Y buyers who may be willing to give up their basic compact cars—or Toyota Prius hybrids—for the greater luxury of a Lexus, allied with gas mileage of 40 mpg or more.
The styling of the CT 200h is somewhat squat, but the car attracts almost no attention in public. It’s a dedicated hybrid, meaning there’s no gasoline model, but otherwise it’s a conventionally proportioned hatchback. The slit-like rear window limits rear vision, though, especially before the rear-seat headrests are folded forward.
Using a variation of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system in the Toyota Prius, the Lexus CT 200h is powered by a 98-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of motor-generators. They are powered both by the engine and a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack behind the rear seat, which...
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