The 2011 Lexus CT200h marks one of the new hybrid vehicles on the market today and one of the first hatchbacks by Lexus. In general, when automobile shoppers look for a hybrid car they usually look for an awesome fuel economy benefit, but the CT200h has tons more to offer in the areas of a much sportier driving experience with a smaller price tag. Not only does it measure up to the competitors, it actually serves as the least expensive model in the Lexus lineup.
The CT200h hatchback comes specifically designed for better handling with special suspension components. The adjustable drive modes allow the driver to customize the driving experience to his preference. In the Sport mode, the modifications affect the steering and throttle settings for a quick response to the inputs of the driver.
The combined city/highway mileage reaches 42 mpg, which seems pretty impressive these days. The CT is fuel efficient and affordably priced to suit most drivers. Downsides to the CT include slow acceleration, with the vehicle taking over 10 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph. Even though it may take its time accelerating, the Lexus CT200h has excellent handling and style, making it a great choice for practical and frugal shoppers.
Body Styles: premium-compact hatchback
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: Lexus CT200h Base, Lexus CT200h Premier
The 2011 Lexus CT200h marks the first hatchback by Lexus and one of the very first hybrids. Hoping to attract buyers of all ages, Lexus combines fuel efficiency with sporty style in one worthy hatchback vehicle.
The 2011 Lexus CT200h exterior features apply to base and Premium models. The base style offers heated side mirrors, 17-inch wheels, keyless ignition, and keyless entry. Premium models include a sunroof and heated front seats. Optional packages add to the Premium model. The Leather package remains popular, offering rain-sensing wipers, while the adaptive cruise control and LED headlamps provide standalone options.
With an upscale interior, the 2011 Lexus CT200h has soft-touch surfaces and a high shifter to better accommodate the driver’s reach. Looking inside the vehicle, the features seem to focus on the driver with easy-to-reach controls, like the navigation controller called Remote Touch. It is ergonomically situated on the center console closest to the driver.
Base model features include dual-zone climate control, an adjustable driver’s seat, premium vinyl upholstery, a six-speaker stereo, auxiliary audio and USB jacks, a CD player, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. A Premium Audio package adds the sound system with 10 speakers and a rear-view mirror with auto-dimming. The interior portion of the Leather package includes memory settings for the driver’s seat and leather upholstery.
Performance & Handling
Powered by two electric generators and the gasoline 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine, the 2011 Lexus CT200h has a combined output of around 134 horsepower. The power that gets sent towards the front wheels goes through a CVT or a continuously variable transmission.
Handling feels best when in the Sport mode which sharpens throttle response and steering. The Eco mode is primarily for getting the better fuel economy so it does seem to have a bit of a numb throttle response. Normal mode proves a little better for the type of everyday driving that most drivers do. During acceleration testing, the CT takes 10.5 seconds to get up to 60 mph from a standstill.
The standard safety equipment that comes with the 2011 Lexus CT200h includes side curtain airbags, traction control, stability control, airbags for the front and rear, front knee airbags on both sides, and anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist. Safety Connect also comes standard, consisting of a stolen vehicle locator, automatic collision notification, and emergency assistance.
Optionally, the pre-collision system that gets incorporated into the adaptive cruise control feature can be added. The system actually can determine an impending accident and tightens the seat belts of the passengers. Braking performance remains acceptable with the 120 feet it takes to stop while driving at 60 mph.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lexus CT200h: 43/40 mpg city/highway
- Best fuel economy
- Attractive price
- Engaging hybrid handling
- Superb ergonomics in cabin
You Won't Like
- Slow acceleration
- Not much in-cabin storage space
- Some controls lack a premium appearance
An affordable price, high fuel economy, and sporty handling makes this an impressive premium-compact hatchback hybrid vehicle for any age driver.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Toyota Prius
- BMW 1 Series
- Audi A3
- Volvo C30