Launched at the Geneva Auto show in March 2010, the Lexus CT 200h Luxury Hybrid began to be sold in North America one year later. With worldwide sales at the end of 2011 at just over 50,000 units the model is rather niche for Lexus overall, however, it is leading the compact luxury hybrid category segment and seems to be more than a Prius covered with the Lexus badge. Along with the comforts and refinement associated with the Lexus brand, the CT 200h provides owners with a genuine feel good persona since it is “greener” than any luxury car ever built.
The CT 200h is powered by the same 1.8 litre VVT-i four-cylinder engine (Toyota’s 2ZR-FXE) as used in the Prius, producing 134 net horsepower and instant torque from the electric motor. According to the Lexus Canada site, the CT 200h has an exceptional Tier 2 Bin 3 emissions rating, which means that it is nearly 70% cleaner than gas burning engines and the cleanest diesels. It also delivers remarkable fuel efficiency of 4.5/4.8/4.6L/100km– city/highway/combined, making it Canada’s most fuel efficient luxury vehicle. With prices starting from $30,950.00 CAD it provides good value for those who have a “green” consciousness while also seeking the luxury of a Lexus.