road test graphic v5 8 123 VIDEO: 2012 Lexus CT 200h Sport   An Upscale, Sporty Hybrid

2012 Lexus CT 200h Sport

Here’s Lexus’s take on an upscale sporty hybrid. It shares components with its less expensive cousin, the Toyota Prius. Lower the suspension and stance and you get a Prius on steroids.

Remember, this is a hybrid, so this car looks sportier than it drives. Just remind yourself that you are driving a cool looking car that averages 42 miles per gallon.

Here’s what makes this CT 200h tick. This is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a pair of electric motor/generators that make 134 horsepower. The tranmision is a CVT, continuisly variable. The not-so-good news for driving enthusiasts is a zero-to-60 time of 10.4 seconds, even pokier than the Prius.

The interior of the CT hybrid is understated compared to the rest of the hybrow Lexus stable. I really like the intuitive joystick system on the Lexus. It’s intuitive and easy to use. The rear camera is a good idea because rear visibility is pretty sketchy. There are three driving modes: Normal, Eco and Sport. The left side of the dash morphes into a tachometer and the binnacle glows red when you switch to Sport–not to mention a change in throttle response and sharper steering. This part of the interior looks dated.

Rear seat room is OK unless you’re hauling basketball players. The Lexus is a half a foot shorter than a Prius, but it’s one inch wider. There’s enough room for golf clubs and groceries behind the rear seats, 14.3 cubic feet to be exact.


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    rpm, 295 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm premium uneldaed fuelDriveTrain5-speed shiftable automatic transmission rear wheel drive, four-wheel independent suspension front and rear stabilizer baractive suspension self leveling suspensionExterior Featuresalloy rims 17 x 7.5 in. rims, P225/60HR16 tires fullsize spare tirevariable intermittent rain sensing wipers power glass sunroof, rear defogger power rear sunshade, Exterior Features-chrome grilleSafety Features and Ratingsfront and rear ventilated disc brakes 4-wheel ABS, emergency braking assist traction control, stability control front and rear side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, child seat anchors emergency interior trunk release, rear center 3-point belt 2 front headrests3 rear headrests remote anti-theft alarm system, daytime running lights dusk sensing headlamps, auto delay off headlamps front fog lights, turn signal mirrorsComfort and Convenience FeaturesFront Seats5 person total seating capacity bucket front seats, leather upholstery 14-way power driver seat, height adjustable driver seat driver seat with adjustable lumbar support, 14-way power passenger seat height adjustable passenger seat, passenger seat with adjustable lumbar supportRear Seatsbench rear seat folding with storage center armrest, rear heating ductsPower Featuresremote power door locks power windows, 4 one-touch power windows power mirrors, heated mirrors exterior automatic dimming electrochromatic mirror, driver only, reverse tilt passenger mirror provides curb view when vehicle in reverseConveniencecruise control speed-proportional power steering, tilt and, telescopic steering wheel audio controls on steering wheel, front and rear cupholders remote trunk release, front and rear door pockets front seatback storage, front 12v power outlet(s) front console with storage, retained accessory powerComfortdual zone climate controls driver and passenger interior active charcoal air filter, electrochromatic inside rearview mirror front and rear reading lights, dual illuminating vanity mirrors leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather trim on shift knob wood and leather trim on dash , wood and leather trim on doors wood and leather trim on center console, front and rear floor mats trunk light, Memorized settings, memorized settings for 3 drivers memorized settings includes driver seat, memorized includes rear view mirror memorized settings includes steering wheel, memorized settings includes exterior mirrors memorized settings for passenger seat settingsIn Car EntertainmentBose premium brand stereo system AM/FM in-dash single CD, layer, CD-controller stereo, 10 total speakers Bose premium brand speakers, Telematics, CD navigation system TeleAid telecommunications service. $ 120,000600hlMost reviewers reflect positively on the 2009 Lexus LS 600h L. “This newest iteration is arguably more attractive than the S-Class against which it now competes, though it’s a close call,” ForbesAutos reports. “This big sedan has a clean, conservative, yet absolutely contemporary shape, accentuated by a forward-thrusting arrowhead motif carried through from door handles to the front and rear lamp units and even the large, unusual twin exhaust-pipe diverters low in the rear bumper.” Edmunds observes, from the outside it looks identical to the [Lexus] LS 460 L, which it acknowledges is a handsome car, having moved far from its unimaginative origin as a Japanese version of a mid-range Mercedes with more generic styling. Some reviewers from around the Web, however, feel the 2009 Lexus LS 600h L is less distinctive than its ultra-luxury competitors. “Park those high-wattage rivals beside the Lexus, and the modestly styled LS virtually disappears,” the New York Times proclaims.Inside the LS 600h, ForbesAutos feels the dash “has a riot of buttons and switches, some of them half-hidden, with sometimes-incomprehensible acronyms.” Amid the array of controls, Kelley Blue Book reports that in the 2009 Lexus semi-aniline leather highlights the cabin, and leather trim extends onto the instrument panel, upper front doors and door armrests. Edmunds describes the interior of this Lexus 2009 model in glowing terms: Beautifully crafted and comfortable interior rich wood trim is complemented by perforated leather upholstery. But Edmunds says the interior of the 2009 Lexus LS 600h L is “near perfection, in an ergonomic sense.” Its “Optitron electroluminescent gauges are both handsome-looking and effective,” and “the rest of the interior is just as brilliant in an aesthetic sense.”As for differences between the hybrid edition and its gasoline-powered relatives, reports that the 2009 Lexus LS 600h L shares the gas-only L model’s interior appointments, but points out tha

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