USNews.com says: "The main selling point of the Lexus CT Hybrid hatchback is that it’s one of the few alternative-fuel vehicles in a luxury class. It also has one of the lowest prices in a class of entry-level BMWs, Audis, and Mercedes, so if you’re looking for an upscale hybrid with great gas mileage that won’t break the bank, the CT Hybrid could be a good choice."
The 2017 Lexus CT 200h gets its power from an Atkinson cycle 1.8-liter I-4 engine paired to an electric motor backed by a nickel-metal hydride battery. Total system output is 134 hp. 60 mph is reached in 9.8 seconds. An electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT) is the only transmission available. Fuel economy is considered good at 43/40 mpg city/highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient luxury hybrids. It's been certified as a Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV II).
The 2016 Lexus CT Hybrid comes with front-wheel drive and the ability to switch between four driving modes: Normal, Eco, EV and Sport. The hybrid’s bolstered front sport seats are specially positioned for a low center of gravity to create optimal comfort and a more dynamic driving experience. Eco-conscious consumers will like the hybrid’s supple textured NuLuxe seat upholstery. The material weighs half as much as leather – its manufacturing process generates far less CO2 and VOC emissions than other synthetic leathers.
During IIHS evaluations, the 2017 Lexus CT 200h garnered the Top Safety Pick+ award, earning a Good rating on all crash tests (Good is the highest possible score) and an Advanced rating on the forward collision prevention and mitigation test after it reduced a 12-mph impact by 7 mph and a 25-mph impact by 6 mph.
Four new exterior colors have been added for 2017: Caviar (replacing Obsidian on the base model only), Autumn Shimmer (replacing Fire Agate Pearl on the base model only), Blue Vortex Metallic, which replaces Ultrasonic Blue Mica, and Atomic Silver. The CT 200h has comfortable front seats but the rear seats are somewhat cramped. Cargo volume is slightly compromised because the car’s nickel-metal hydride battery takes up a good chunk of the underfloor space, however the 60/40 split folding rear seats allow the volume to be expanded. Motor Trend gives the hybrid hatchback a 5 year cost of ownership value rating of excellent. Auto Trader said in 2016: "The CT boasts stellar interior quality along with hatchback versatility."
The car comes with a Hybrid/Electric Components warranty of 8 Years/100,000 Miles.
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