EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2011 Lexus CT200h are 43 city/40 highway and I experienced 35.3 miles per gallon during a week of mixed driving conditions. That might seem disappointing to some but you have to take into account the fact that I never took it out of “Sport” mode which adjusts the throttle and steering responsiveness and I tend to have a heavy right foot.
Alright, I never get anywhere near the EPA fuel economy figures in any car I have ever driven. So for the CT200h to return that figure with me is mighty impressive. I can guarantee that if someone drove the car in a more hybrid friendly manner they could easily crack the 40 mile per gallon mark. I am just not that kind of driver. I like to have fun driving a car and let me tell you now that I actually had a lot of fun driving the 2011 Lexus CT200h.
In fact, I can unequivocally say the CT200h is the most fun to drive and refined hybrid I have ever driven. And I have driven a lot of them. My hybrid history includes the Toyota Prius, Honda CR-Z, Lexus HS, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid, Chevy Tahoe Hybrid and possibly a few more that I have blocked out because I found them traumatizing.
The most amazing part of the 2011 Lexus CT200h is its CVT automatic transmission which is a miracle in itself. Due to a lot of fine tuning Lexus was able to take a style of transmission that I usually find obnoxiously jerky and annoying and turned it into a seamless part of the driving experience. At cruising speeds the CT200h is Lexus quiet with only a bit of engine noise from the 1.8 liter gas engine coming into the cabin at high revs. Otherwise wind and tire noise are very well suppressed.
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