2014 Lexus CT 200h Review

2014 Lexus CT 200h

There are only small changes for a 2014 Lexus CT 200h model. Those changes are mainly about equipment that this vehicle brings and Premium trim level is now available as an option package. Even with no significant changes this car remains pretty competitive.

You’ll discover there’s not precisely a broad choice if you’re shopping for a premium compact car. It’s only been given that the economic crisis that luxury-vehicle makers chose some of us prepared to accept the concept that luxury does not have to indicate huge. With the 2014 CT 200h, Lexus aims to meet these compact luxury automobile desires, and ups the fuel-efficiency ante with a hybrid-electric powertrain.

The CT 200h isn’t really fast by any measure, but it certainly is the most fuel-sipping automobile with a luxury badge you can purchase short of costly all-electric models. It makes sense for Lexus to produce a hybrid compact luxury vehicle, given parent business Toyota’s substantial expertise with the technology. As one might expect, the 2014 Lexus CT 200h borrows much of the Prius’ tried-and-true– and remarkably effective– hardware.

Just to be sure that nobody mistakes the CT 200h for a leathered-up Prius, there are a couple of upgrades for the CT. For one, it looks a lot sportier than a Prius; with its modern, angular look, the CT has a decidedly hip and urban style. It’s also more involving to drive than a Prius, with a lowered stance and a sport-tuned suspension. If you so desire, highlighting the CT 200h’s focus on sportier mannerisms is a driver-adjustable setting that enables you to sharpen steering and throttle feedback.

2014 Lexus CT 200h Review

That said, the 2014 Lexus CT 200h isn’t the sportiest entry-luxury car you’ll find– pick the 2013 MW 1 Series or even the Buick Verano for that. The CT 200h gets the best fuel economy of anything in its course. Its 42 mpg combined tops that of the Acura ILX Hybrid along with that of the diesel-engine version of the 2013 Audi A3.

The luxury compact segment is beginning to provide more choices. However, if your focus is on a budget-friendly but well-built luxury car that also happens to offer some of the finest fuel economy ratings of any vehicle, the Lexus CT 200h is a unique choice.

2014 Lexus CT 200h Back

2014 Lexus CT 200h Back

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Lexus CT 200h is a premium compact four-door hatchback that comes in a single trim level.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, a sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 10-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, premium vinyl upholstery, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and auxiliary audio/USB jacks.

Most options for the 2014 CT 200h can be found in plans. The Premium package includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an upgraded 10-speaker sound system with a six-disc CD changer. The Seat Comfort package brings a four-way power passenger seat and heated front seats.

The CT 200h Leather bundle includes rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming side mirrors, leather upholstery and power passenger and driver-seat memory settings. The Navigation package– which needs the Premium package– adds a navigation system, the Lexus Remote Touch user interface, a back-up camera, increased Bluetooth functionality and Lexus Enform telematics.

The F Sport package includes unique 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a larger rear spoiler, a mesh grille, aluminum sport pedals, leather-trimmed wheel metallic trim and special furniture. Stand-alone options include LED headlamps, a back-up video camera with rearview-mirror screen, park aid and adaptive cruise control with a pre-collision system.

2014 Lexus CT 200h Side

2014 Lexus CT 200h Side

Powertrains and Performance

The 2014 Lexus CT 200h is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine in tandem with a pair of electric motor/generators. Incorporated, they produce 134 horsepower to drive the front wheels through a continually variable automatic transmission (CVT).

In testing, the CT 200h increased from zero to 60 mph in a slow 10.4 seconds. Fuel economy is the CT 200h’s specialty: The EPA estimates fuel economy at 43 mpg city/40 mpg highway and 42 mpg in integrated driving.

F Sport CT 200h

Standard safety equipment on the 2014 Lexus CT 200h includes antilock disc brakes, security and traction control, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags, dual front knee airbags and Lexus’ Safety Connect. The latter is a traditional telematics service with automatic crash alert, stolen-vehicle place and emergency support.

Buyers can pick an optional pre-collision system that comes packaged with adaptive cruise control, which responds and figures out an imminent accident by tightening the front seatbelts and initializing brake help. In brake screening, the CT’s performance was acceptable, with the vehicle stopping from 60 mph in 120 feet.

2014 Lexus CT 200h Interior

2014 Lexus CT 200h Interior

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the CT 200h its highest score of “Good” in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests.

Interior Design and Special Features
What the CT 200h offers up in sheer yardage of luxury product is balanced by a snugly constructed interior. There’s sufficient soft-touch product where it matters (consisting of a now-padded door armrest for the motorist, something earlier CT 200h owners howled about) to let you know you’re in a vehicle that’s an action above the standard.

Perhaps due to the fact that the CT 200h is a hybrid, there’s a certain techy feel throughout– evident in the uniquely high placement of the gearshift lever. Futuristic is Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, which is utilized to scroll through home entertainment and navigation screens and menus. We’re mixed on Remote Touch; some of our editors like the familiarity of the mouse interface, while others dislike the controller’s overly sensitive nature.

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What the interior doesn’t offer is great deals of places to stow your gear. As one would expect from a car with such tidy dimensions, the door bins and glovebox are not especially expansive. Luggage capacity is a decent 14.3 cubic feet; folding down the rear seats provides more opportunity for cargo thanks to the CT’s hatchback body style.

Driving Impressions
f you’re buying a luxury car since you want more performance than you get in a similarly sized everyday model, then the 2014 Lexus CT 200h shouldn’t be the first choice on your list. The CT 200h’s fundamental design places fuel economy as a central theme, and as a result acceleration is, well, Prius-like. Handling is respectable, though, and the CT 200h is a rewarding car to drive in the tighter environments of the city or suburbs, where the tightened steering and body control make delightful work of sharp corners and small parking spaces. The adjustable drive mode selector is a nice touch. Eco mode extracts the best fuel economy, however lots of will discover the dulled throttle response annoying.

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