The CT 200h represents Lexus' second effort at a compact luxury car, the first being the mundane-looking HS 250h. For 2012, Lexus offers an F Sport package, with which this car is equipped. Back to review.
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The CT 200h shows standard Lexus styling language in compact form, with a much smaller grille than found on other models. LED running lights give the CT 200h a distinct look at night. The F Sport package adds an aggressive front air dam. Back to review.
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The hybrid power train in the CT 200h is essentially the same as in the Toyota Prius, with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine complemented by an electric drive system. It makes a total of 134 horsepower. With the CT 200h's heavier weight and inferior aerodynamics, it gets worse fuel economy and slower acceleration than the Prius. Back to review.
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The F Sport package adds a rear spoiler just above the rear window, which gives the car a much cooler look than standard versions. This spoiler is the single best reason to get the F Sport package. Back to review.
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The F Sport package means a lower and more sport-tuned suspension, but Lexus does not sacrifice much in the way of ride comfort. The CT 200h feels like it would handle very well if it had the on-demand power necessary for fast driving. Back to review.
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Getting into the cargo area requires some ducking and bending, typical in a compact hatchback. Back to review.
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Power-adjustable front seats are bolstered just enough, maintaining the cabin's accessibility and comfort while keeping driver and passenger planted. Back to review.
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The rear seat area is functional, but shows less attention than the front. Back to review.
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Lexus uses a flip-up motorized LCD for the infotainment functions. The tilt is adjustable. Back to review.
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The electric power-steering boost is very obvious in the CT 200h, the wheel turning easily and emitting a whirring sound at slow speeds. Back to review.
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Lexus integrates phone and audio controls smoothly with the wheel spokes. Back to review.
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The drive mode selector is a strange little chrome handle, and there's a dial for choosing between Normal, Eco, and Sport modes. Back to review.