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Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« on: June 01, 2011, 04:05:45 am »


The Lexus CT 200h luxury hybrid is for those who 'want to have a little driving fun while they save the planet,' reports Grant Yoxon, at least when it's in Sport mode.

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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2011, 06:56:01 am »
I saw one of these parked on my walk with my dog.  It was white and I found it to be a very good looking hatch back.  I find it has a body shape that resembles the Mazda 3 hatchback more than any other hatch back on the market.  That is a good thing as I think the Mazda 3 hatch is one of the best looking hatches on the market today.  I understand this who this vehicle is for but I'm not sure if there will be a lot of these on the road.  If it was my money I think I would buy a fully loaded VW Golf TDI and get pretty good fuel economy and much better driving dynamics with a comparable luxury feel.

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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2011, 07:27:20 am »
I also think it looks a lot like a Mazda 3.

I own a Mazda 3 and I was walking through a parking lot here in MontreaL and spotted what I thought to be a white Mazda 3. I thought to myself "That is a pretty sharp looking Mazda 3". It was not till I got a lot closer before I realized it was the new Lexus.

Looks good but way to similar in design to current car already out there. It does not distinguish itself.

I sat in one while in Florida last winter. The interior did not wow me.
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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2011, 09:45:24 am »
I also think it looks a lot like a Mazda 3.

I own a Mazda 3 and I was walking through a parking lot here in MontreaL and spotted what I thought to be a white Mazda 3. I thought to myself "That is a pretty sharp looking Mazda 3". It was not till I got a lot closer before I realized it was the new Lexus.

Looks good but way to similar in design to current car already out there. It does not distinguish itself.

I sat in one while in Florida last winter. The interior did not wow me.
It does look, in a basic way, like a Mazda3...an ugly Mazda3...I can think of scads of ways to spend 35 grand excluding this ugly load..Wow...a luxury compact with plastic seats...and only 35Gs...Must really get up and go, eh...With 134 flaming horses and 3200 pounds to toss around...
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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2011, 10:48:19 am »
I also think it looks a lot like a Mazda 3.

I own a Mazda 3 and I was walking through a parking lot here in MontreaL and spotted what I thought to be a white Mazda 3. I thought to myself "That is a pretty sharp looking Mazda 3". It was not till I got a lot closer before I realized it was the new Lexus.

Looks good but way to similar in design to current car already out there. It does not distinguish itself.

I sat in one while in Florida last winter. The interior did not wow me.
It does look, in a basic way, like a Mazda3...an ugly Mazda3...I can think of scads of ways to spend 35 grand excluding this ugly load..Wow...a luxury compact with plastic seats...and only 35Gs...Must really get up and go, eh...With 134 flaming horses and 3200 pounds to toss around...
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Well, I took one for a test drive 2 days ago. In short, I wouldn't buy one. The interior is a mixed bag, in general very nicely appointed with some cheap shiny plastic bits that will throw you off (the bit around the power window switches immediately comes to mind). But I'm nit-picking. Inside it is very nice.

But the drive... I would get annoyed at the slow throttle response withing an hour. Sporty this car is not with this powertrain. The chassis is good but the powertrain is a big letdown. The engine, when you hear it, sounds like a Corolla (wait, it is a corolla engine! :)) and robs the car from its luxo feel.

But even if all of the above wan't enough, be prepared to wait AT LEAST 9 months for delivery once you place an order. And no room for negotiation, high interest rates. Basically, since the earthquake, due to the shortage they decided to jack up the interest rates to keep the demand ni check instead of raising prices.

After driving the CT, my Fit felt like a jumping jack with its immediate throttle respose and felt MUCH more lively.

Drove a BMW 323i immediately after, and despite the (relatively) spartan interior, it is a clear winner with MUCH lower lease payments, far superior ride quality with the sweet I6 and overall enjoyment. I've made my choice. Your mileage may vary.

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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2011, 12:44:20 pm »
Hmmm. I had to go back to the photos and squint hard, but yes, there is a basic similarity to the Mazda3. Thankfully it foregoes the 'smiley face', making this a better looking car overall. But, $40,000 for this? I don't think so. I do like the concept of upscale, fuel efficient, fun to drive cars though. But, there's no way they should hit $40k IMO.

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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2011, 12:48:54 pm »
I'm glad to see hybrids with at the very least intentions of being sporty. I think the CR-Z, while very different in design, aims at a similar audience - people who enjoy driving but want better fuel economy. With a very reasonable entry price for a Lexus, this certainly is an interesting entry into the market - I hope it spurs on better things to come. For me, no manual and no right-hand e-brake means no deal. Guess I'm stuck with gas for a while yet!


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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2011, 02:34:26 pm »
how does this look like a mazda 3?????  this thing is a mangle of design cues.    the mazda 3 and this blob only have one thing visually in common..they are both hatches.   also, this car is equipped with a cvt transmission.   this cancels sporty intentions and driver involvement utterly and completely.  save yourself and go buy an audi a3.

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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2011, 03:06:49 pm »
Buy a NEW mazda 3 and save enuf fer a trip to the Galapogos and free gas fer a year............. ???..Darwin can Ya hear me......... :rofl: he's prolly rolling ov'r his flippers as we speak.....can ya hear tha revolution.... ;D
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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2011, 03:14:50 pm »
I don't think Lexus built this car for the enthusiasts on this board. Isn't it for somebody that wants a hybrid that has a little big of luxury and a little bit of sport in it? If so, I think that is what they have here.

Believe it or not, everybody doesn't care how fast a car gets to 100kph or the next street light.

I think once the supply comes back, this car will sell quite well.

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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2011, 03:17:08 pm »
 ::) Oh take a BIKE...like anyone will come back and call You on yer call inna YEAR.... :stick: >:D :think: :P

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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2011, 04:54:27 pm »
I don't think Lexus built this car for the enthusiasts on this board. Isn't it for somebody that wants a hybrid that has a little big of luxury and a little bit of sport in it? If so, I think that is what they have here.

Believe it or not, everybody doesn't care how fast a car gets to 100kph or the next street light.

I think once the supply comes back, this car will sell quite well.

 :iagree:  Sportier than a Prius. Still green. Hatchback practicality. Predictably good reliability and dealer experience. For $30K, one could certainly do worse.

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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2011, 07:12:01 pm »
But obviously BETTER would be easier.............than a Near $40K optioned Matrix.......... ??? ::) :P

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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2011, 12:06:07 am »
I don't think Lexus built this car for the enthusiasts on this board. Isn't it for somebody that wants a hybrid that has a little big of luxury and a little bit of sport in it? If so, I think that is what they have here.

Believe it or not, everybody doesn't care how fast a car gets to 100kph or the next street light.

I think once the supply comes back, this car will sell quite well.

 :iagree:  Sportier than a Prius. Still green. Hatchback practicality. Predictably good reliability and dealer experience. For $30K, one could certainly do worse.
Bingo. I could see myself driving one... it looks like a good size, it looks very good in person (better than in pictures) and it's got the efficiency of a Prius with a nicer and less wonky interior. Definitely appealing.

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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2011, 08:33:20 am »
I don't think Lexus built this car for the enthusiasts on this board. Isn't it for somebody that wants a hybrid that has a little big of luxury and a little bit of sport in it? If so, I think that is what they have here.

Believe it or not, everybody doesn't care how fast a car gets to 100kph or the next street light.

I think once the supply comes back, this car will sell quite well.

 :iagree:  Sportier than a Prius. Still green. Hatchback practicality. Predictably good reliability and dealer experience. For $30K, one could certainly do worse.
Bingo. I could see myself driving one... it looks like a good size, it looks very good in person (better than in pictures) and it's got the efficiency of a Prius with a nicer and less wonky interior. Definitely appealing.

I thought so, too, until I drove one. Seriously, my Fit feels like a genuine sports car compared to the CT. The throttle is muted, and even in 'Sport' mode, it's still not up to snuff.

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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2011, 08:51:50 am »
Unfortunate timing once again... I'm in this next week.

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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2011, 08:57:34 am »
Put a decent gas engine into it, and it would be an awesome little car. Just found it to be terribly busy in traffic with it cycling everything on and off. And even the engine in sport mode was no fun.
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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2011, 09:41:17 am »
Agree. Nice car wrong engine.

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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2011, 10:08:05 am »
Agree. Nice car wrong engine.

There are lots of nice hatchbacks with gas engines for $30K. If you want that there is no shortage in the market - Audi A3, Volvo C30, VW GTI 4-Dr, Subaru Impreza, etc. This is something different and it will appeal to those who want 50-80% better fuel economy in the city along with a luxury brand.


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Re: Test Drive: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2011, 10:18:43 am »
I don't think Lexus built this car for the enthusiasts on this board. Isn't it for somebody that wants a hybrid that has a little big of luxury and a little bit of sport in it? If so, I think that is what they have here.

Believe it or not, everybody doesn't care how fast a car gets to 100kph or the next street light.

I think once the supply comes back, this car will sell quite well.
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