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2014 Lexus CT 200h F sports review

Lexus 200h Sport 2014 hybrid
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2014 Lexus CT 200h F Sport ReviewProsSporty looks and handling5-door hatch utilityQuiet, comfortable cabinConsStill a bit boring to driveCVT is annoying, & lacks power84SolidThe 2014 Lexus CT 200h...

2014 Lexus CT 200h F Sport Review2014 Lexus CT 200h F sports review

Pros

Sporty looks and handling

5-door hatch utility

Quiet, comfortable cabin

Cons

Still a bit boring to drive

CVT is annoying, & lacks power

84

Solid2014 Lexus CT 200h F sports review

The 2014 Lexus CT 200h F Sport is a blend of sport combined with fuel-efficiency. Can you really have both? For those who aren’t particularly thrilled with the Toyota Prius, the CT 200h takes Prius efficiency and adds a level of sport that makes driving a hybrid fun. This week we’ll test the 2014 Lexus CT 200h with the F Sport Luxury Package ($35,375) with F Sport LED headlamps ($1,265) and Navigation ($3,490). It’s the sportiest hybrid we’ve ever driven.

What’s New for 2014?

Inside the CT 200h

On the road with the Lexus hybrid

Conclusion

What’s New for 2014?

2014 Lexus CT 200h comes with a handful of updates that include refreshed front-end styling, new LED headlights and new wheels and a black-painted roof for the F Sport package. Inside, CT 200h gets a reshaped steering wheel, the latest version of Lexus’ Remote Touch infotainment interface and new audio speakers for higher-quality sound. Lexus kept the price the same as the previous year.

The CT 200h is a five-door hatch that doesn’t look like anything else in the Lexus lineup. It comes powered by a hybrid gas-electric powertrain taken from the Toyota Prius. You just fill this car with gas and there is no need to plug it in. It’s powered by a four cylinder gas engine mated to an electric motor for running in electric-only mode at slower speeds and very short periods of time. The CT 200h is fuel-stingy and achieves an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 43/40 mpg city/highway on regular 87-octane unleaded gasoline.

The Lexus CT 200h F Sport is the sporty version and comes with a sport-tuned suspension, black leather, 17-inch alloy wheels, mesh grille, a black roof, aluminum sport pedals, perforated leather steering wheel, rear spoiler and F Sport badging. This tester also came with the F Sport LED headlamps with auto-leveling, headlight washers and LED Foglamps. The optional Navigation system featured a backup camera, 10-speaker premium audio and an app suite with a host of technology goodies.2014 Lexus CT 200h F sports review

Inside the CT 200h

Inside, the cabin is cozy and snug with a comfortable driver’s seat. The steering wheel is slightly flat-bottomed, making climbing in and out a little easier. Rear-seat legroom is tight as we found out during week while taking some co-workers to lunch. The rearward view is restricted, and we recommend the optional rearview camera that comes with the navigation system. Rounded edges around the liftgate window, rear headrests, and wiper blade, all restrict the view. The backup camera helped as we pulled out of parking spots this week. Cargo space is about the same as a compact sedan, but small for a hatch.

On the road with the Lexus hybrid

CT 200h with the F Sport package is for those who like to drive. It comes with a sport-tuned suspension which sets it apart from the standard model. The CT 200h makes 134 hp, 98 from the 1.8-liter Atkinson Cycle gas engine and 80 hp 60 (kW) from the motor/generator. It’s not a performance hatch, but it shines in the corners. This Lexus hatchback corner so well, that the driver will begin to think it’s made for the track.

The F Sport cornering was spirited and secure as we tackled mountain corners near Evergreen. This Lexus has impressive balance, and a low center of gravity that keeps the hatch planted even at high speeds. The F Sport chassis features high torsional rigidity, using a double-wishbone rear suspension, and sophisticated performance dampers. It makes the hybrid fun to drive.

The 2014 Lexus CT 200h has four driving modes: EV, Eco, Normal and Sport. Even though it features an all-electric mode, it won’t go far or very fast for long. But the ride quality is exceptional as we traveled over uneven pavement and dirt roads this week. The Lexus hatchback is particularly maneuverable in the city and has a short turning radius of just 34.2 feet. It was also very quiet inside the cabin at highway speeds.

The CT 200h engine and electric motor come mated to an electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT). But it’s still a CVT and doesn’t have gears like a normal automatic or manual. But Lexus uses this transmission for efficiency not sport. It would have been more fun to drive if Lexus offered steering wheel paddles for sequential shifting.

In our week of driving the Lexus hybrid we didn’t come close to the EPA-estimated 43/40 mpg city/highway or 42 mpg combined. But we were driving up hills at altitude, at fast highway speeds and not even attempting to be green. And we were never able to drive much on full electric except for slowly driving through a parking lot.

Conclusion

The 2014 Lexus CT 200h F Sport provides a certain degree of driving dynamics, which is different from other hybrid vehicles. It has enough sports attitude to make driving a hybrid car fun. It offers a 5-door hatch utility and is an excellent city commuter with its mobility. The CT 200h has a quiet cab, above-average driving quality and excellent mountain cornering.