|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2014 Lexus CT
|200h F Sport||1.8L I-4 + Elec 1.3-kWh||FWD||CVT||10.6 sec||18.0 sec @ 78 mph||43/40/36 mpg||Car and Driver|
2011 Lexus CT
|200h||1.8L I-4 + Elec 1.3-kWh||FWD||CVT||10.5 sec||17.9 sec @ 78 mph||43/40/33 mpg||Car and Driver|
|200h||1.8L I-4 + Elec 1.3-kWh||FWD||CVT||10.1 sec||17.6 sec @ 78.1 mph||43/40/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|200h||1.8L I-4 + Elec 1.3-kWh||FWD||CVT||10.2 sec||17.6 sec @ 78 mph||43/40/40.3 mpg||Motor Week|
About Lexus CT
All luxury cars are naturally gas guzzlers. Not with the Lexus CT. This luxury car has already established itself as a leader in fuel-efficiency. Although you may not be too worried about your fuel consumption since you are driving a luxury car, it would really be nice if it doesn’t consume too much fuel, right?
Being a luxury car, the Lexus CT has stellar interior quality, not mentioning the power it can deliver under its hood. You really need to consider this car if you are in the market for a luxury car that offers fuel economy, along with its top quality features.
A Short Look at Lexus CT’s History
The original designer of Lexus CT is Takeshi Tanabe. His design was patented on September 11, 2009 and production began in December, 2010.
This fine automobile was introduced by Lexus in March 2010 at the Geneva Auto Show. It was branded as a premium sport compact hatchback. The primary target is the European car market.
Later that year, in April, Lexus CT was introduced in the North American markets at the New York International Auto Show. The car started selling in Japan in January, 2011, and in the United States three months later.
If you will examine its most important specs, you will understand why many people want to own this car.
- Engine: Inline-4 Atkinson-cycle, 1.8 L displacement, 134 total system horsepower
- Compression Ratio: 13.0:1
- Hybrid System: High-output, permanent-magnet, electric-drive motor with EV mode
- Valvetrain: Dual cam, four valves per cylinder, with continuously Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)
- Suspension (Front): Independent MacPherson struts with coil springs, low-friction shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
- Suspension (Rear): Independent, double-wishbone with coil springs, low-friction shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
- Steering: Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system
- Brakes: 10.0-in ventilated front, 10.9-in solid rear discs with regenerative braking function
- Braking System: Four-wheel power-assisted discs with Electronic Controlled Braking (ECB), four-sensor, four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
- Transmission: Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT)
- Drive Wheels: Front-wheel drive
The Lexus CT is equipped with a 98 horsepower, 1.8 liter four cylinder engine that is mated with the two-motor Hybrid Synergy Drive system made by Toyota. Its combined total power is 134 horsepower.
At low speeds, and carrying light loads, its electric motor can bring up the speed of the car at around 25 miles per hour. The car is also equipped with an “EV” mode, where you can switch the power of the car to an all-electric mode up to the maximum charge of its battery.
You can also enable the car to deliver its maximum power which will make it run a little more energetic, together with a robust engine roar. But if you drive it gently, this vehicle is neither sporty nor energetic.
This car also offers strong acceleration because it will take you from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 10.6 seconds.
Most test drivers give this car good mileage scores. It earns a consistent 42 miles per gallon combined, which is economy-rated. This number is more than what its competitors can provide.
But real-world mileage could be rated realistically into the high 20s or the lower 30s. Most people however, would be experiencing close to the fuel rating of the EPA which is 41 miles per gallon on the highway, and 42 mpg in the city.
The IIHS have given the Lexus CT good crash test scores. However, no tests were done by the NHTSA on this car yet.
This car earned good safety scores mainly because of its long list of active and passive safety features. There’s a good view out front in the Lexus CT, even for shorter drivers. The vision at the rear is also good even with its thick roof pillars and the slit-like rear window on its tailgate.
The IIHS gave the car a Top Safety Pick+ award for 2015. That score means the car did well on the IIHS different crash tests, with a braking system that is incorporated in its forward collision warning system.
Standard safety issues of the Lexus CT include anti-lock brakes, eight standard airbags (with knee bags at the front seats), stability control, and Brake Assist.
Comfort and Quality
The Lexus CT might not offer the same quantity of space as the Toyota Prius, but this is due to the fact that it is targeting a different car market. But still, there’s plenty of room for the front passengers.
For taller passengers, the rear seat may be a bit challenging. In addition, the battery pack which is rear mounted has somewhat limited the cargo space. But still, you can use this car for grocery shopping or occasional weekend trips.
The materials used inside the cabin are top-quality and the car is quiet. You won’t hear any noise, or wind coming from outside the cabin.
To learn more about Lexus CT, visit the official Lexus website.
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