I have previously owned three Lexus vehicles an ES 300, ES 350 and my last car a GS 350 AWD. When the CT 200h came out, I took a test drive and fell in love with the car. I drove it home that day. I liked the looks, red with black leather interior, and sporty. It's very quiet and has the ride quality of the ES 350 I had. You do hear the CVT under acceleration but it quiets down once up to speed. The car's computer indicated I got 44mpg on the first tank of gas. This includes some interstate driving. Currently, it shows 46.5 mpg will do an actual check on my next fillup. Go out and test drive one. Would make a good entry level to Lexus or 2nd vehicle
Purchased a black one (only Black or yellow left... yellow either love or not and I am a... not). Was wanting a Hybrid for a while. Was a Lexus owner already and I needed more space than my IS250 but not neccessarily as much as the RX.This was the perfect combination of the two. Good use of the space with the folding down back row of seats and access through the hatchback... and hey it is a Lexus what's not to love? :0)
This Isn't A Sports Car...It's A Sporty Car with Great Mileage and Comfort
written on 07-03-2011
This car is different from most. It is a Lexus so the comfort is great inside as are the appointments. However, it isn't that cushy ride you get in a Lexus ES or LS....you DO feel the road more. The car is scary quiet. The seating position for the driver is excellent. I never feel like I'm in a small car as the seat is very adjustable. Rear seat room, however, is what it is...good for three kids or maybe two adults. Cargo space in the rear is a little tight as well. Trips to Home Depot will be different than if you were in an SUV (but hey, you couldn't get nearly 50 MPG in an SUV either). The mileage is GREAT..better than what Lexus quotes.
Believe it or not, I've been waiting for this car for about 18 months. Originally, it was considered a "future concept vehicle", so I never really expected it to become a reality. As I racked up miles on my 2005 Prius, I patiently followed this Lexus dream to it's fruition. I find the CT sporty, plush, and quite attractive. At some levels, it does feel somewhat cobbled together (no rear seat cupholders? Really?), but even a cobbled-together Lexus is still a Lexus. The seats are a dream. The interior cabin is well thought-out and you don't sit there wishing they did things differently (other than the missing cupholders). The more I play with the car, the more it surprises me.
Naturally aspirated, port-injected, inline-4 with auto-stop/start
1,800cc (110 cu-in)
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
98 @ 5,200 (gasoline engine); 36 hp (battery pack); 134 maximum when blended
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
105 @ 4,000 (gasoline engine)
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Final-drive ratio: 3.267
Quite Prius-like in acceleration process. Snail-like off the line, with not even a hint of wheelspin. Just barely reaches 5,300 rpm by the end of the quarter-mile mark. All five runs were within 0.05 seconds of each other through the quarter-mile and it didn't matter whether Eco, Normal or Sport modes were selected or whether brake torquing was used at launch. Battery power remained at 1-2 bars down from full charge through the test.
Initial pedal feel is dead, giving way to some firmness toward the end of the travel. Occasional bit of rear locking, which causes a minor amount of tail-wagging from the chassis. Even so, stopping distances were utterly consistent from first stop to fifth, and although pedal feels vauge, it never worsens.
Skid pad: Non-defeat stability control was not a big problem here, although it does cut power at times. Car attitude can be significantly altered with interplay of throttle and computer intervention -- a good thing. Slalom: Though firmer suspension than Lexus HS 250h and Prius, the CT 200h exhibits plenty of body roll. Electric-assist steering has decent-effort weight, but lacks real road feel. Yet the CT has far more dynamic abilities than its speed in slalom suggests because stability control intervenes long before the chassis limits are reached.