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New cars: 2011 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid

What the critics say about the $29,120 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid

AutoWeek
The Lexus CT 200h “shares a lot of componentry” with its sister ship, the Toyota Prius—including its gas/electric hybrid system. But if it could be called an upgrade on a Prius, it could also be considered “another disappointing pretender trying to pass itself off as a performance hybrid and not fooling anyone.” While you’ll be happy with the “stiffened chassis” and impressive fuel economy, acceleration “takes almost forever.”

Motor Trend
Sure, the CT 200h has the same 1.8-liter engine as Toyota’s signature hybrid, but it’s “certainly not a Prius with a Lexus badge.” It has a “Lexus-quality interior and Lexus-quality ride,” along with a more aggressive exterior look and choice of Normal, Eco, and Sport driving modes. If you long for a car with “real hybrid cred” but need a vehicle that’s a bit upscale, the CT 200h might be the answer.
 
Car and Driver
It’s no sports car, but “the tradeoff is excellent mileage”—estimated at 42 mpg in combined city/highway driving. It also offers lots of standard amenities—including eight airbags and hands-free Bluetooth phone and audio. Still, given this Lexus’ “sloth and dull personality,” we’d opt for the “much cheaper” Prius.

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