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2014 Lexus CT 200h Preview

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Pros: The Lexus CT 200h combines the attributes of a sporty 5-door hatch and a fuel-efficient, atmospherically responsible Lexus hybrid into a flexible, high-utility package. With a freshened premium presence, street-smart looks, and the sensible luxury that comes along with Lexus ownership, the CT 200h should connect readily with a shopper after performance and luxury that’s easy on the wallet and easy on the environment.

Cons: The CT 200h is available only in a single 4-cylinder, front-drive, CVT-equipped powertrain configuration, so shoppers after AWD, more power or the ability to row their own gears will need to look elsewhere.

Lexus CT 200h
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2014 Lexus CT 200h Pricing: Pricing for the recently refreshed 2014 Lexus CT 200h represents improved value through revised feature packaging and lower MSRPs across the lineup. The CT 200h with Touring Package opens the model range at $34,150, while the Premium Package, which adds a premium stereo, backup camera, and plenty more starts from $37,750. A Technology Package adds leather memory seating, rain-sensing wipers, navigation, and more from $39,350. Enthusiast shoppers can also check out the sport-enhanced CT 200h F SPORT, complete with unique styling, chassis, and feature upgrades from $38,400.

2014 Lexus CT 200h Fuel Economy: Lexus CT 200h shoppers get a total system output of 134 horsepower alongside Tier 2 Bin 3 emissions, and a combined mileage figure of just 4.6L/100km.

Improvements and Changes: For 2014, the CT 200h boasts a fresh, more sculpted new body that incorporates Lexus’ new spindle grille treatment, as well as new wheels, features, colours, and a revised interior with added refinement.

Don’t Miss: the road-trip readiness. The 2014 Lexus CT 200h packs over 400 litres of cargo space behind its rear seats, while giving four grown-ups ample room onboard. A 45-litre fuel tank means plenty of highway cruising range, and features like automatic climate control, premium audio, and a sunroof dial up comfort along the way.

2014 Lexus CT 200h Powertrain: Utilizing an all-aluminum 1.8L 4-cylinder gas engine with numerous fuel-saving technologies lays the foundation for great mileage while the CT’s high-output electric drive system completes the package. The gas and electric systems can combine their efforts or take turns powering the CT, depending on the type of driving at hand. A drive-select dial lets drivers customize powertrain response in real time, encouraging fuel efficiency or sportiness on the fly. Eco, Sport, and other modes are available.

Safety: All models feature Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control, and a cutting-edge antilock brake system that ensures fuss-free stops on all surfaces. A backup camera system and Vehicle Proximity Notification System, which makes a sound comparable to a gasoline engine when the CT is in its noiseless electric mode, make the area around the CT even safer, too. Active front head restraints are fitted to reduce whiplash-related injuries should the vehicle be rear-ended.

Comparables: The 2014 Lexus CT 200h is comparable to other sporty, fuel-saving compact hatches, including the Audi A3 TDI and Mazda3 Sport Skyactiv.