2011 Lexus CT 200h Premium new car reviews

Combine a Prius with a Carolla and a five-door wagon, and you get the new Lexus CT 200h.
As we discovered during our test drive, Lexus owners get a bonus when visiting South Florida's BankAtlantic Center: free parking!

Better than: Toyota Prius
But not as good as: Mazdaspeed3
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 69.49

The Lexus lineup has featured hybrids for a while, but here's their first model that's only available with gas-electric propulsion. Meet the CT 200h. Sorry, a straight-up gasoline-powered version is not available.

What exactly is it? It's more or less the Prius drivetrain fitted inside the Corolla chassis. It's topped off with a five-door wagon that invokes the Mazda3 and then equipped with some Lexus niceties.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

You know, I could have sworn that I wrote my comments for this one. Sorry about that.

As far as a highway vehicle, I liked this one: quiet, smooth and typical Lexus. I'm also a big fan of small wagons, something I wish were more common. Is a hybrid the answer? Let's just say this about that: If you want a small, premium hybrid wagon, this is one to consider.

Check out my blog for more about our time with this one.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/11/11 10:20 a.m.

Yeah, sorry so short. Just posted some comments--plus a link!

integraguy
integraguy UltraDork
8/2/11 8:35 p.m.

Haven't driven this car and never expect to. That said, I imagine one reason (the principal reason?) GRM was given this car to evaluate is that Lexus/Toyota is HEAVILY marketing this as THE sporty hybrid, both in the U.S. and Europe. Talk about a total con...

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

The Lexus lineup has featured hybrids for a while, but here's their first model that's only available with gas-electric propulsion. Meet the CT 200h. Sorry, a straight-up gasoline-powered version is not available.

What exactly is it? It's more or less the Prius drivetrain fitted inside the Corolla chassis. It's topped off with a five-door wagon that invokes the Mazda3 and then equipped with some Lexus niceties.

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