The Lexus CT200h
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The 2011 Lexus CT200h

The Lexus CT200h
The car starts at $29,995 for a well-equipped base model, and a short options list can top out a CT at an eyelash shy of $40,000. This price range, the hatchback styling and the younger, more urban target audience mean its competitors become other premium compact cars such as the Audi A3, Volvo C30 and BMW 1 Series. (Toyota)
The Lexus CT200h
Drivers can choose how to wield the 134 horsepower using the standard Drive Mode Selection feature. Using a dial on the center console, drivers can choose from Eco, Normal (the default setting) and Sport settings. Putting the CT into Sport mode switches the efficiency gauge next to the speedometer into a tachometer and changes the backlighting to an ominous red. (Toyota)
The Lexus CT200h
The $32,325 CT 200h Premium I tested lacked the navigation system but did have fake leather seats, XM satellite radio, eight air bags and Bluetooth connectivity. A moon roof, heated front seats and a backup camera that’s cleverly placed in the rear-view mirror were options. (Toyota)
The Lexus CT200h
The cabin has a substantive, upscale feel to it and the rear seats fold down for more cargo room. (Toyota)
The Lexus CT200h
Lexus expects to sell 1,000 a month, but hitting this goal will depend on whether enough buyers can look past the CT’s noise and pricey options list and find that it strikes the right balance between economics and luxury. (Toyota)
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