Lexus CT 200h: “Sporty” Hybrids Continue to Disappoint

2011 Lexus CT 200h

2011 Lexus CT 200h

The world of hybrid cars just keeps getting weirder.

Late last week CarGurus released a study supporting the argument that the majority of hybrids aren’t good investments. Yet automakers keep pushing them down our throats, with Lexus being the latest to tout the technology and its forthcoming 2011 CT 200h.

Yesterday Lexus released the full details of its “sporty” hybrid, and I’ll be honest, the numbers don’t lend promise to that claim. A better investment, costing less and providing a more entertaining driving experience, can certainly be found on the used market. Check out the specs for the Lexus and some possible used alternatives after the jump.

The CT 200h looks a bit portly, as though a Toyota Matrix has been mated to the front end of a Lexus IS. Lexus pegs total output at 134 horsepower and claims a 0-60 time of 9.8 seconds. Since when is a 10-second acceleration time considered sporty? 1937? Here’s a little more perspective: The Toyota Prius, which has absolutely zero sporty intentions, has the same amount of horsepower. Then there’s the equally unsporty 2011 Honda CR-Z, which is actually a fraction faster to 60 mph. Needless to say, I remain disappointed in the “sporty” pretenses of hybrid vehicles.

2010 Honda Civic SiOn the positive side, the CT 200h trashes the CR-Z on the fuel-efficiency front, boasting a combined EPA-estimated 42 mpg to the CR-Z’s 34 mpg. Pricing for the Lexus hasn’t been released yet, but you can be sure it’ll come in significantly higher than the $22,800 it costs to get into a new Prius. For that dough, I’d scour the used market for a Volkswagen Jetta TDI, a Ford Focus, or even a Honda Civic Si, all of which cost less to buy, deliver decent fuel economy, and offer sharper performance without the hybrid hassle. Heck, if you must have a hybrid, pick up a used Prius, save a truckload of money, and take home the same performance as the Lexus while getting better fuel economy.

Of course, when researching used cars, DealFinder is a great place to start and will equip you with the knowledge you need to score the best deal.

Would you buy one of the new “sporty” hybrids from Lexus or Honda?

-tgriffith

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2 Comments

  1. I don’t think any hybrid can be truly sporty; they simply don’t have enough HP and to accelerate and travel fast. 0-60 is almost 10 seconds is like grandmother level slow. I think the Lexus GS450jh looks pretty decent for a hybrid and I would consider driving that. Not a fan of the 200h hatchback looks-wise, but I would rather drive a Lexus any day over a Prius or Toyota Matrix, just because it’s more luxurious and will probably have better amenities.

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