The Good The 2012 Lexus CT 200h brings excellent fuel economy in a good-looking hatchback package. The infotainment system includes connected data such as gas prices and weather. Lexus luxury means a comfortable ride.
The Bad With a similar hybrid drivetrain to the Toyota Prius, the CT 200h doesn't have the brawn to back up its beauty.
The Bottom Line The 2012 Lexus CT 200h's good looks are complemented by its excellent practicality, but it lacks power and its cabin tech falls short of the cutting edge.
2012 Lexus CT 200h
After a day spent flogging the 2012 Lexus CT 200h over mountain roads, I was ready to strip the car of the F Sport badges adorning its fenders, busting it down from a rank of which it was not really worthy. I had no problem with the car's handling, but the 134 horsepower from the hybrid power system, combined with the inability to shift, couldn't deliver anything approaching excitement.
The CT 200h looks good enough, but the newis faster. And the F Sport package, a new option for the CT 200h, affects only the suspension and some cosmetic items, not the power output.
For the CT 200h, Lexus chose the same 1.8-liter engine-based hybrid system used in the. That means a Lexus-tested 0-to-60 mph time of 9.8 seconds, not fast in anyone's book. On the plus side, this power train gives the CT 200h excellent fuel economy, with an average over 40 mpg in real-world driving.
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