2011 Lexus CT 200h Overview
With the all-new 2011 Lexus CT 200h, the Japanese luxury automaker looks to prove that there is a “darker side” to green with this sporty hybrid offering.
The Lexus CT 200h becomes the entry-level car in Lexus lineup and just from looking at the five-door hatchback you can tell that it is made with a different audience in mind than the traditional Lexus owner. Sitting atop 17-inch wheels, the CT 200h is the only hatchback in Lexus’ lineup and has been engineered to be extremely aerodynamic, down to the LFA-like side mirrors, with a coefficient of drag of just 0.29.
Under the hood, the 2011 CT 200h features a hybrid drivetrain that combines a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine on the Atkinson cycle with an electric motor for a total output of 134-horsepower. The only transmission available is an electronically controlled CVT which runs power through the front wheels.
Lexus has marketed the CT 200h as having the properties of both a hybrid car as well as a sporty hot hatch. It definitely has the hybrid part covered – fuel economy numbers check in at 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, which Lexus claims is the best fuel economy of any luxury car. For a sportier ride and feel, the CT 200h’s hybrid components are centrally instead of rear mounted which evens out weight distribution and gives the car better balance and agility. Additionally, drivers can switch the car between four modes that range from Eco to Sport, which alters the throttle response and drivetrain from green to go.
Inside, the 2011 CT 200h delivers the quality and comfort you’d expect from a Lexus, along with environmentally friendly materials like the all-new NuLuxe seating which generates fewer emissions during production than leather and weighs half as much. Even the speakers are made with sustainable bamboo and Lexus claims that 85% of the vehicle can ultimately be recycled. Standard features include Bluetooth® connectivity and audio streaming, automatic dual-zone climate control, push button start with smart key, and USB/auxiliary audio inputs. Also available are a voice-activated navigation system with backup camera, heated front seats, and a moonroof.
There is a long list of standard safety features inside the CT 200h, including eight air bags, vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes, and Lexus’ Safety Connect system. The CT 200h also comes with front seats that a designed to reduce the severity of a whiplash injury should a collision occur.
The all-new 2011 Lexus CT 200h is one hybrid that does anything but play nice.