Lexus added a new model to their 2014 lineup, securing its position as a leader in the hybrid market.
The 2014 Lexus CT 200h claims to be a luxury hybrid that combines performance with eco-friendly technologies, wrapped in a redesigned exterior.
|Vehicle Type: Hybrid Hatch||Base Price: $32,050|
|Fuel Tank Capacity: 11.9 gals (45 L)||Miles Per Gallon: 43 city / 40 hwy|
|Length: 170.1 in. (432 cm)||Wheel Base: 102.4 in. (260 cm)|
|Height: 56.7 in. (144 cm)||Width: 69.5 in. (176.5 cm)|
|Curb Weight: 3130 lbs (1420 kg)||Ground Clearance: 5.9 in. (15 cm)|
|Luggage Capacity: 14.3 cu ft||Maximum Seating: 5 people|
|Engine: Inline 4 Atkinson Hybrid||Displacement: 1.8 Liter|
|Horsepower: 134 HP||Transmission: ECVT - FWD|
|0-60 mph: 9.8 seconds||Maximum Speed: 113 mph (182 km/h)|
The engine used for the model is similar to the one used for the Prius. It is a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine with a max output of 98 horsepower and a 105 lbs ft of torque.
The car has a relatively lower stance when compared with other hybrids. This gives it more stability. The coil springs have been adjusted to provide better agility and responsiveness to road conditions. Cornering at high speeds is decent even at high speeds.
It’s front grille has the center pushed forward to give it a multi-dimensional and more aggressive look. The long headlights have been pushed back while the rear received a bigger bumper giving it an imposing profile.
The central dashboard features a 4.2 inch TFT screen that it controllable via the steering wheel. All additional controls have been located within arms reach.
Chromed elements were used on the doors, dashboard and steering wheel. Overall, the interior is spacious while the controls are located ergonomically around the wheel and central panel.
Lexus managed to build a luxurious hybrid with impressive fuel efficiency. The interior follows the quality standards of the brand while maintaining an attractive appearance.
The visual upgrade and performance tweaks make the 2014 Lexus CT 200h one of the coming year's most anticipated vehicles.