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Lexus CT 200h has hot hatch looks (pictures)

With its F Sport trim package, the Lexus CT 200h looks fast and handles well, but the hybrid driveline is more focused on fuel economy than speed.

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The CT 200h is Lexus' entry-level vehicle.

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It only comes in hatchback form with a hybrid gasoline-electric driveline.

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With the F Sport trim, Lexus gives the suspension a sport tune.

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The CT 200h should qualify as an upscale hot hatchback, but its drive system only produces 134 horsepower.

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Even with its sport suspension, the ride quality remains comfortable.

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The hatchback allows for flexible cargo space.

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2014 is the first model year in which the CT 200h gets Lexus' now-standard spindle grille.

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The hybrid driveline consists of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a 60-kilowatt electric motor, helping the car get over 40 mpg average fuel economy in real world driving.

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LED headlights are optional.

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The black roof comes as part of the F Sport trim package.

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This spoiler is also courtesy of F Sport.

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The power adjustable seats are very comfortable.

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As is typical in smaller cars, the rear isn't the best seat in the house.

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Despite its premium segment, Lexus makes the navigation system optional.

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Electric power steering is well-tuned in this car.

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In normal or Eco modes, the instrument cluster shows a power gauge on the left side.

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In Sport mode, the power gauge changes to a tachometer.

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The console includes a drive selector, a drive mode dial, and the Remote Touch controller.

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Aluminum pedal covers come with the F Sport trim.

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Voice command is very extensive in the CT 200h, controlling normal cabin tech features along with app integration.

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The main menu screen makes it easy to find all the functions.

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New maps in the navigation system look good while showing traffic conditions and rendered buildings.

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Lexus adds a Web search category to destinations, giving quick access to Bing and Yelp searches.

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The audio source screen also shows music apps.

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The playback screen shows album art when playing from a USB source.

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The music library screen offers a quick alphabetical look-up.

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The hands-free phone system includes phonebook integration.

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The 10-speaker premium audio system delivers very good music reproduction.

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Lexus is a little short on driver-assistance features, offering only this back-up camera.

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