Lexus CT 200h review

          The Lexus CT 200h is Lexus Hybrid Drive technology features two motor generators. Each performs specific functions and can operate as both a motor and generator. The engine driven generator can charge the battery pack or provide additional power to the drive motor as needed. The drive motor is driven by electrical power from the hybrid battery pack or generator and provides motive force for the front wheels.

          There's also plenty of tech underhood, where a 98 horsepowers, 1.8 liter Atkinson cycle four cylinder is augmented by an electric motor whirring up 80 more ponies and 152 pounds feet of torque with juice from a Ni-MH battery. Combined system output is rated at 134 horsepower, certainly an adequate sum to pull around the CT is 3,100  pound frame, but nothing to cinch up your Pilotis over. Lexus quotes a leisurely 0-60 mph time of 9.8 seconds and a top whack of 113 mphs.

         Interior focuses on the driver, and is based on clearly divided display and operational zones. This layout positions functional equipment such as Remote Touch, the shift lever and steering wheel mounted audio controls close at hand, allowing the driver to operate them without having to change posture or divert attention from the road. The instrument panel, center cluster and console all make up what Lexus designers call advanced Human Machine Interface.


          * Type of engine: 1.8L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder gas engine
          * Transmission: Front Wheel Drive
          * Displacement cu in (cc): 1.8L
          * CO2 emissions: 94 g/km

          * Fuel consumption (combined): 68.9 mpg

          * Price (est): $31,775

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