>First Drive in Pre-Production 2011 Lexus CT200h


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Hybrid vehicles are usually just not my particular cup of tea. Nor are Lexuses for that matter but something happened along the way to my first encounter with the 2011 Lexus CT200h. Is this the Lexus built for 30-somethings like me?


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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