2015 Fiat 500L Trekking vs. 2015 Ford Focus C-Max


By James Hamel (Excerpts taken from Examiner.com.)

Now we do comparison tests all the time where we declare winners in categories ranging from family sedans to minivans to compact cars to luxury sedans. But what if we decided not to declare a winner but rather point out two unique and tasty alternatives to the gold standard of the subcompact class right now and most likely for a generation—the Honda Fit. It is roomy, fuel efficient, affordable, well equipped, powerful enough, nice looking and beats the snot out of the usual suspects like the Yaris, Versa and Spark. But there must be other options surely?


Why yes there are in the form of the Italian oddball meatball the five door 2015 Fiat 500L hatchback as well as the hybrid 2015 Ford C-Max which too many people overlook in favor of a Prius. Admittedly, both the Fiat 500L and the Ford C-Max have more than a few awkward styling cues but with all of that comes a tremendous amount of utility for families. Yes, space enough to rival even the Fit with the 500L just beating out the C-Max for cargo capacity due to the Ford hybrid’s batteries are beneath the cargo floor. A fix a flat sealant is located under the passenger seat. We’d say if you buy a C-Max and get a flat tire, call a tow truck.

But let’s check out the C-Max and 500L more closely now…


Ford Tries to Build a Prius, out comes the C-MAX

Now you could easily construe that as a bad thing that the C-Max is really nothing like the holy and virtuous Prius as a bad thing, we actually meant it in a complementary sense because where the Toyota is a silent, serene and numb isolation chamber you actually find handling liveliness, agility and a peppier feel off the line. Or maybe we were having fun flooring it too often. The C-Max is also down on the Prius EPA fuel economy at 42 city/37 highway. Frankly the only vehicle we have ever gotten 50 miles per gallon in regularly is with VW’s TDI on the freeway.


Now if when you hop into the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid and it seems familiar that’s probably because it shares much of its design and parts with the Focus. So that means you have the luxury of the razor sharp steering from the Focus in a hybrid which in and of itself should be cause for a Government holiday. What we are saying here, people, is fun to drive hybrids do exist. There is also a plug-in hybrid “Energi” variant of the C-Max but if you don’t have much access to charging stations then the regular hybrid will suit most folks just fine.


The Italian Job—(2015 Fiat 500L)

Whereas the original and admittedly rather cramped Fiat 500 coupe and Fiat 500 Abarth are undeniably cute and/or muscularly adorable, the 2015 Fiat 500L Trekking four door multi-activity wagon can take a bit of getting used to visually. People tend to love it or not so much when they first see it but in a world where people rarely turn their head when $100,000 BMW’s go by, you can bet people will be checking out your 2015 Fiat 500L Trekking which for us after options, delivery and a nice $1,500 discount came to just over $21,000 lavishly equipped. And what’s more, with the standard six-speed manual gearbox and the 1.4 liter 160 horsepower/184 lb. feet of torque Multi-Air turbocharged 4-cylinder, this endearingly odd four door hatchback is a laugh riot to drive. But more on that in a minute.


First off, let’s talk value. The 2015 Fiat 500L Trekking can be differentiated from its brethren thanks to some chunky body cladding, a slightly raised ride height, a unique yet truly well done interior treatment featuring a tan dash fascia and Morrone (brown) heavy duty cloth seats, Sirius XM, cruise control, power windows, locks and mirrors as well as some truly styling 17-inch alloy wheels all as standard for a starting price of $20,945. This also includes a generous 4 year/50,000 mile warranty with 3 years of free maintenance.


As Fiat is relatively new (again) to the U.S. market, if you purchase one of the Trekking options packs you get a back-up camera with rear sensors, a 6.5-inch dash mounted U-Connect screen with integrated USB/i-Pod integration and charge function, AM/FM/CD with 6-premium speakers, navigation, Bluetooth functionality, steering wheel audio controls, heated side mirrors, leather wrapped shift knob and steering wheel and an audio/visual impact system to alert you of possible collisions at low speeds with, perhaps, a curb. Not that you have ever done that. Neither have we.15235957499_780da9b9b5_k

Our Giallo Yellow came equipped with Trekking Group 4 which also added a stylish white roof accent, rear seat armrest with large American sized cupholders, dual zone climate control, power dimming rear view mirror, a year’s subscription to Sirius/XM (standard is 3 months), power driver’s seat and various interior appearance upgrades. Our total? Just a shade over $23,000. For all those features, that’s a steal.

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First Drive Impressions of 2013 Acura ILX Lineup (Autobytel)

Acura was not only the very first Japanese luxury auto brand in this country but it also has managed to bring a number of other firsts to the U.S. market over the 25 years it has been in business. Acura was the first to introduce an in-dash navigation system, third row seating in a luxury suv, the first company to build a supercar (NSX) with an aluminum monocoque body. They also brought enthusiast performance to the common man and woman with the iconic and affordable Integra.

Fast forward to 2012 and the entry level luxury car is again a hot concept in the market as older baby boomers downsize and Gen-Y is expected to start coming into some money (though we doubt anyone with mountains of college loans to pay off could afford the ILX’s $25,900 starting price on a Starbucks Barista’s salary).

Still, Acura is wise to lower the point of entry into its brand as this so often leads to customers returning to buy TL’s and MDX’s or RDX’s as their needs and wants change over time. But with a hope for 40,000 sales a year, did Acura play it a little bit too safe with the styling of this new entry level luxury model based on the Civic platform? Part of the answer to that question will depend on what you look for in a new car and your perception of what an Acura should be. The only thing we are sure of is that the ILX, for better or worse, is not the rebirth of the Integra. Maybe someday.

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Consumer Road Test: 2012 Kia Soul

Now, you might think that the new 2012 Kia Soul got us so excited, what with its “Alien/Kermit the Frog Green” exterior, that we’d decide to punctuate every sentence like a peppy cheerleader. No one can be that excitable and nice all of the time, however, not even cheer happy sorority girls.
But when you are driving the 2012 Kia Soul you find yourself smiling to yourself a little bit more than usual. Not many cars can pull off this exterior paint scheme and even fewer can pull off the odd splashes of color that Kia throws seemingly willy-nilly across the otherwise staid and straightforward cabin. On Sport models, a bright red plastic and cloth/leather motif is the order of the day and makes the inside of the Soul look like a bordello run by vampires. You know, after dinner.

We preferred the Soul ! with its offbeat “houndstooth” (sort of a gray/white interlocking pattern) mixed with beige trim on the seats which in our tester came equipped with very well finished leather seats that really help dress up the interior of this delightfully odd boxy hatchback. But the Soul avoids the wacky appearance of the Nissan Cube or the soullessness offered by the current Scion xB all the while still offering cargo carrying capacity of 23.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 53.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat.

Our test Soul ! model also came equipped with a pricey but well appreciated Premium Package (new for 2012) which adds the aforementioned leather, heated front seats, push button start with a smart key, automatic climate control and an in-dash navigation system. The total for all this? Just $22,850 including destination charges meaning Kia really hasn’t lost touch with its value for money roots with the 2012 Soul. Standard goodies include 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, an excellent Infinity AM/FM/CD/USB/MP3 audio system, a back-up camera, steering wheel mounted audio controls, a sunroof and tinted windows.

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Alternative Energy Alternatives: 2012 VW Passat TDI vs. 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid

When compared to the current generation Toyota Camry Hybrid that is soon going to be replaced with an all-new 2012 model, the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid is actually the superior vehicle with better power, a longer battery range and a more appealing interior with plenty of hi-tech goodies. But no market segment in the car world sits still for long and a 2012 Camry Hybrid looms on the horizon as does the new menace in the high mileage family sedan market known as the 2012 VW Passat TDI.

So will the Fusion Hybrid be able to handle all of the challenges it will face in the coming model year? As we have already driven the 2012 VW Passat TDI already, we can safely already say that the diesel engine VW with the 795 mile range is not only more fun to drive but also competitively fuel efficient with 31 city/43 highway readings to the Fusion’s 41 city/36 highway EPA figures. Either way, both the Fusion Hybrid and 2012 Passat TDI impress in their own unique ways-the VW mainly if you have trouble with the usual “hybrid quirks.”

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The Truth About the 2012 Ford Focus vs. the 2012 Honda Civic

Introductions taken from Autobytel.com and links to both separate reviews are below. I suggest you read them before you do any car shopping. Or believe the media.

Ford Focus Titanium Sedan Road Test

It is a not very well-kept secret in the auto industry that Ford Motor Company used to suffer from “quality glitches” with its new models as a routine matter of course during their first year on sale. But given how consistently innovative and successful it has been in recent years at maintaining Toyota and Honda levels of vehicle quality in surveys, it came as a bit of a shock to see its customer satisfaction ratings plummet dramatically in just the last few months.

Given our experience with the 2012 Ford Focus it’s clear that a lot of the blame lies in a few teething problems with their most recently launched models. To say our test car had “issues” would be to understate the matter quite a bit. Still, the Fusion, Flex, F-150, Taurus, Mustang and many of the Blue Oval’s best sellers, do continue to maintain excellent quality rankings.

So what’s the problem with the 2012 Ford Focus? We are sure that time and little bit of engineering hard work, Ford can fix every wrong thing we experienced. But given the number of problems our 2012 tester suffered from it is very hard to recommend that anyone buy this model at least until Ford gets these quality control issues ironed out.

There were small niggles like a trunk that routinely liked to pop open as you crossed speed bumps and it definitely didn’t help matters that the standard six-speed dual-clutch automatic hesitated for at least five seconds when going from park to reverse and then would only do so with a jarring clunk. This gearbox also routinely shook the car with such abrupt judders through the entire body during various downshifts that it made you wonder if in fact you were piloting the Titanic and had hit an iceberg. No transmission with only 4,500 miles on the odometer should behave that way.

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2012 Honda Civic EX-L Review

As far a new car launches go, the 2012 Honda Civic’s introduction to the North American market couldn’t have been any bumpier or more badly timed. First off, soon after the Civic’s press introduction in Washington, D.C., Japan was devastated by the most costly natural disaster the world has ever seen when an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown put the country into chaos. Honda, unfortunately, has its headquarters in Tochigi, Japan which means it was the closest Japanese automaker to all of the devastation.

Although most Civics are manufactured at plants in North America and only 20 percent of their parts are sourced from Japan (the rest are purchased locally), the company found itself with assembly lines full of partially assembled vehicles that should have already been on dealer lots. Thankfully, things have been steadily improving and Honda tells us that production has returned to near normal levels so if you want a Civic you should be able to find the trim level, body style and color you want at your local dealer.

As if that wasn’t enough, for some reason many in the automotive media decided that Honda’s misfortune was the perfect opportunity to begin relentless and rather misguided attacks on the Civic which has dominated American compact sedan buyer’s hearts for decades. So what, exactly, is wrong with the 2012 Honda Civic? Has Honda, as so many headlines have proclaimed, lost its way with the Civic?

Before we look into that we’ll just make one thing very clear. To paraphrase a sentiment uttered by the similarly iconic author Mark Twain, “rumors of the Honda Civic’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.”
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The 2011 Smart ForTwo Cabrio and Losing My Religion

Starting in the 5th Century A.D. there began a new religious movement known as “self-flagellation” where certain Christian sects would actually inflict wounds upon themselves (usually with whips) so that they could feel closer to understanding the pain Jesus went through on the Cross. Spiritually, it was the ultimate way to show reverence to Jesus and while you won’t find many Christians who whip themselves regularly today, there are apparently plenty of people looking for some pain and torture in the new automotive “Green Movement.” But what is the cost of going “green” and will it ever work for you?

As long as there are humans on Earth, we will continue altering our environment and ravenously using up our precious resources. But there are some answers out there. Let’s just say that, as far as we can see, the 2011 Smart ForTwo Passion Cabriolet which we recently test drove for a week was sadly much like a car without a purpose or a punch line without a joke. We had trouble figuring out what it was doing in the United States when clearly our roads are not built for this skittish, jittery and generally unpleasant to drive car.

It may not be quite like “torture” but if you buy a 2011 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet Passion it can only serve as a method of “self-flagellation” for those with serious eco-guilt. And if you have that kind of psychosis then perhaps this is the vehicle for you as Smart claims the car in 95% recyclable which is odd since so much of it feels like it’s made out of Styrofoam.

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Ten Unique Family Cars Priced Under $30,000

Most new car buyers, especially those who have the needs of their family at the forefront of their mind, go out car shopping with frugality and utility at the forefront of their minds with styling, features and safety coming further down the list. But what if you have a family but you still want to enjoy driving your car, don’t want to lose it in mall parking lots and most definitely DON’T WANT A MINIVAN!?
It’s alright, we definitely understand the need to still enjoy shuffling the kids to soccer practice and driving is one of the few times in a parent’s life when they get to enjoy a little bit of “me time.” This is especially true if you order rear seat DVD entertainment screens for your kids in the back seat. Those things work like a charm thanks in large part to hypnotic cartoon phenomenon like “Dora the Explorer.”

Now, these may seem like odd choices for the family man or woman but they are all capable family haulers that for some reason or another stuck out in my mind during road tests as excellent alternative choices. So before you buy an F-150 for your Costco runs, check out this list of ten models to see if there is something else out there that might be more your speed.

Pickup trucks are not for posing or scaring other shoppers in the supermarket parking lot, they are for hauling, working and getting bad gas mileage. A vanity pickup with no dents in any of the body panels is also inherently wrong in a Universal manner akin to the thought of Paris Hilton starting her masters in Chemical Engineering. And since pickup trucks are everywhere, they won’t make you get noticed or qualify under this “unique vehicle” concept. To finish the point-pickup trucks are not family cars!

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2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid Road Test

When compared to the current generation Toyota Camry Hybrid that is soon going to be replaced with an all-new 2012 model, the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid is actually the superior vehicle with better power, a longer battery range and a more appealing interior with plenty of hi-tech goodies. But no market segment in the car world sits still for long and a 2012 Camry Hybrid looms on the horizon as does the new menace in the high mileage family sedan market known as the 2012 VW Passat TDI.

So will the Fusion Hybrid be able to handle all of the challenges it will face in the coming model year? As we have already driven the 2012 VW Passat TDI already, we can safely already say that the diesel engine VW with the 795 mile range is not only more fun to drive but also competitively fuel efficient with 31 city/43 highway readings to the Fusion’s 41 city/36 highway EPA figures. Either way, both the Fusion Hybrid and 2012 Passat TDI impress in their own unique ways-the VW mainly if you have trouble with the usual “hybrid quirks.”

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Mazda2 vs. Honda Fit

As the Honda and Acura Examiner, I compare Hondas with their natural competition. Usually they do quite well but look what happens when a manual transmission Mazda2 meets an automatic transmission Honda Fit. Is this a fair fight? Turns out it isn’t.

There’s something about the gentle sweep of the tail and the grinning front end that makes people like you and the car instantly. To my eyes, the Honda is cool in a boxy bread van kind of way but the Mazda just was more endearing to look at. (Advantage: 2011 Mazda2)

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Best Economical and Affordable 2011 VW Models vs. the Competition

Sales at VW are up a staggering 17% over last year thanks mainly to the runaway success of the larger and less expensive 2011 Jetta. It looks like rosy days may be ahead for VW dealers considering they still have the “Made in the U.S.A” 2012 Passat and 2012 Beetle to bolster their sales numbers. But should it come as any surprise that VW is successful when it sells economical, budget friendly models?

Considering the fact that their most popular models have all been the epitome of “everything you need, nothing you don’t” it is no wonder that models like the Phaeton flopped harder than a romantic comedy starring Vin Diesel. It just doesn’t fit the brand.

So in this mindset I figured I would list out the 2011 VW models that are great budget buy alternatives to used cars (they do come with 3 years free maintenance!) as well as some competing models I have had the pleasure of testing. If you are in the market for a fuel efficient, inexpensive and fun to drive new car then you are truly spoiled for choice.

2011 VW Golf—Two door models start under $18,000 and the Golf’s interior is better built than the Jetta’s no doubt about that. Always appealing with either Golf or Jetta is the 2.0 liter TDI turbodiesel motor which is simply marvelous when mated to the six-speed manual (although a six-speed auto DSG is optional).

2011 VW Jetta—The all new for 2011 VW Jetta has seriously come down in price ($15,995 to start) to compete with the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. Sure, the base model isn’t very well equipped but if you can swing the $18,995 SE version you will find all of the goodies new car buyers want.

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The Top Ten 2011 and 2012 Honda and Acura Models

As I have road tested all of these Honda and Acura vehicles and have a specialist page on :Examiner.com’s national edition dedicated to covering the world according to these two car companies–don’t you think I should know which Honda and Acura products are the ten best? There isn’t a duffer in this bunch. Actually, I have yet to find an overwhelmingly mediocre (yes, Honda’s can be wacky and bizarre but that is their appeal…to me at least. They are Toyota with some risk taking.) So as follows are my ten personal favorite Honda and Acura models. I will post the first two but to see who made it and who got cut you have to follow this link below the picture of the 2012 Honda Civic Coupe!

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Daisy Mae the Dog Picks the Ten Best 2011 New Cars

Now how can a dog write a car review? Well, she may get a little help in the writing department but Daisy Mae knows what makes a car, truck or SUV dog friendly. And check out BarkBuckleUp.com to find out where Daisy learned how to ride safely in the car. So which models made this final top ten list?

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>2011 Honda CR-Z


There are some moments in your life where you see something so inspiring that you wish your eyelids were actually the shutters for some inner camera lens that could record the vision in front of you for the rest of your days. On a recent drive in this 2011 Honda CR-Z along the coast of Southern California north of Camp Pendleton near San Diego, I found myself gazing upon a still and serene expanse of crystal blue Pacific Ocean as two military Apache helicopters ran low and fast across the water. It was mesmerizing.

After my ocular nerves enjoyed that deliciously visual moment another thought struck me. I would never experience that moment again in my entire life. No moment in your life ever really does repeat itself in its exact previous form. Kind of like how a very special car from an automaker’s past can never, ever be repeated no matter how much people might want that to happen. Seriously people, it’s time to get over it.

If you are a little slow then I will let you know which car I am, of course, talking about—the much vaunted Honda CR-X. First off, the 2011 Honda CR-Z is not and clearly was never intended to be a “new CR-X.” I know it has two doors, a hatch and a similar silhouette but if having these design elements makes the CR-Z an homage to anything you could claim it apes the looks of the original hybrid Insight. The lines are purely meant to be as aerodynamic as possible.

Even if the much rumored 1.6 liter turbocharged engine variant arrives, the CR-Z will still never be like the CR-X and while I apologize for being the one to break this to the Honda faithful, I say thank God (more on that in a moment). I have read so many vicious attacks on the CR-Z in various publications and countless websites so instead of screaming like yet another screeching media howler monkey for the rest of this article, I am here to tell you what might just be right about the 2011 Honda CR-Z.

I know that saying all of this will no doubt find me in hot water in countless forums, chat-rooms and blogs across the internet but after recently Googling myself I realize that this happens to me anyway. Maybe you could say I relate to the CR-Z’s misunderstood reputation. Seriously guys, do you talk to your mothers with that kind of language? You know, that woman whose basement you still live in.
(Note: I wrote a six-part report detailing every aspect of the 2011 Honda CR-Z after its press launch back in June so I am going to focus this report on parts of the car that I haven’t previously analyzed. For more information on the 2011 CR-Z, check out the links to those 6-articles at the bottom of the page.)

A Little Perspective
I drove a 1985 Honda CR-X Si on the freeway at the CR-Z’s press launch and was sure I was going to wind up stuck in the wheel well of a passing Semi. I turned the air conditioning on at a stop light and it stalled. The doors were skinnier than a coked out supermodel. It was louder inside the cockpit at freeway speeds than a gaggle of screeching teenage girls at a Jonas Brothers concert. You know, back when they were popular.

Sure, the steering offered up a level of feel you don’t find in any modern car, the transmission was deliciously tactile in the way it moved through the gates and it cornered like a go-cart. Funnily enough, however, the 2011 CR-Z also has terrific steering, a stellar six-speed manual and corners much like same said go-cart. That 1985 CR-X Si and the CR-Z are also both not very fast, either.
Honda has a long history of making utterly unique and memorable two seat sports cars. The CR-X is a member of Honda’s Hall of Fame team along with models like the S2000 roadster and the Acura NSX. But I hate to break it you but none of those cars are ever going to happen again.

Do you realistically think Honda is going to engineer and sell another convertible like the S200 that isn’t offered with an automatic and doesn’t feel fast until you swing the tachometer near the 8,000RPM redline? They are a still a business and need to make sure they actually sell the cars they so carefully and exactingly engineer.

Now, as I mentioned before I attended the CR-Z’s press launch and have now driven it for a week so I am going to try and address some of the more common misconceptions I have noticed in the media and from individuals that haven’t spent as much time with this little sport coupe. Yes, I am daring to be so bold as to do the car review equivalent of speaking into the camera. But don’t worry; I don’t plan on Googling my name any time soon.

But Why Isn’t the 2011 Honda CR-Z More Efficient?
In my rev-happy little hands returned a decent 34 miles per gallon in the real world. That 34 mile per gallon figure impressed me most considering the fact that I never, ever took the car out of the “gas guzzling” Sport mode. Even if I did, from time to time, manage to grow quite a few digital flowers in the eco-gauge on the dash.

For those of you who don’t drive new cars each week I will let you in on a little secret. EPA estimates are still utterly unrealistic and never correct. The best I ever got in a Prius was 43 miles per gallon (not 50), the 35 mile per gallon 2011 Sonata barely cracked 21 miles per gallon and I got 16 miles per gallon in a basic Mitsubishi Lancer that should have returned something in the high 20’s at least. To put that last one in perspective a 2010 Dodge Ram with a 5.7 liter Hemi V8 also returned 16 miles per gallon.

The CR-Z is one of only a handful of new cars that have surprised me by returning real world figures above or near the EPA estimates. So that takes care of the complaint, in my mind at least, that the 2011 Honda CR-Z isn’t fuel efficient enough. Only a VW Golf TDI topped EPA estimates during a week with me by returning an average a little over 41 miles per gallon, in case you were wondering.

What was Honda Thinking?
Well, if you want to know what Honda was thinking when they designed the 2011 Honda CR-Z you might want to talk to Norio Tomobe, the man who was the lead engineer on the project. I should know a thing or two about him because I had a long conversation with him at the press launch and this experience gave me very important insights into what he was thinking during the development process.

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>First Drive in Pre-Production 2011 Lexus CT200h


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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