Whether it's the rather bland styling or the underwhelming stats, the 2011 Lexus CT 200h hasn't achieved much in creating buzz in the headlines. In fairness, hybrid power, low emissions and claims of high fuel efficiency don’t mean much without the all important EPA-rated fuel economy figures but today we can confirm that the 2011 Lexus CT 200h will come onto the market with a combined fuel economy of 42 mpg.
While the figures appear only marginally better than modern diesels like the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, which achieves figures of 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway, gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles like the CT 200h generates significantly less NOx and zero particulate emissions. Additionally, when operating in a switchable EV mode, it generates zero NOx and particulate emissions, driving for up to one mile at speeds of up to 28 mph.
Lexus’ own HS 250h hybrid sedan, meanwhile, gets 35 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
Peak output of the CT 200h’s hybrid drive system stands at 134 horsepower, which is enough to accelerate the vehicle from 0-60 mph in a leisurely 9.8 seconds--hardly sporty by anyone’s standards. However, Lexus has installed a switchable driving system with four different models, one of which is labeled ‘Sport’.
In Sport mode, Lexus tries to un-hybrid the CT 200h, sharpening throttle response and steering feel, holding higher revs before shifting, and making less intrusion from the stability and traction control systems to allow a little attitude. The other modes consist of EV, Eco and Normal driving modes.
We have to admit that the 42 mpg estimated combined fuel economy is impressive for a fully loaded luxury vehicle, even if it is a compact hatch. We now have to see if Lexus can keep pricing competitive when the CT 200h goes on sale early next year. For more details, check out our previous report by clicking here.