• 2011 Lexus CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback, road test, June 2011

    The 2011 Lexus CT 200h pretty much occupies a class of one. At the moment, it’s the sole luxury compact hybrid hatchback sold in the U.S. And it’s a dedicated hybrid, meaning there’s no gasoline-only version. If you want the compact hatch, you get the hybrid. It’s also terra incognita for Lexus, which is better known for its luxury sedans but actually sells more of its RX luxury midsize crossover utility than any other model. The unusual marketing campaign for the CT—“The Darker Side of Green”—bears witness to the brand’s goal of...

  • 2010 Lexus HS 250h
    2010 Lexus HS 250h Luxury Hybrid Not Selling As Expected

    Last summer, when we first drove the 2010 Lexus HS 250h luxury hybrid--and then did a full test drive--we were quite puzzled by it. Neither as fuel efficient as a hybrid nor as elegant and refined as other Lexus models, it seemed neither fish nor fowl. And in the end, while we appreciated its...

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