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Lexus CT 200h
Lexus announces pricing, EPA numbers for its newest hybrid

Vehicles like the recently introduced Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf may be grabbing the bulk of the headlines when it comes to electric/hybrid vehicles, but Lexus is looking to make a few headlines of its own with its CT 200h hybrid hatchback.

Lexus today announced that the vehicle will be priced from $29,995 including destination fee. Officials at Lexus seem quite ecstatic about the CT 200h, which they hope will improve upon the lackluster sales of the HS 250h hybrid sedan introduced earlier this year.

“For just $1,000 more than the cost of a non-luxury hybrid, buyers can indulge in a CT 200h with our proven Lexus Hybrid Drive technology,” said Mark Templin, group vice president and general manager, Lexus Division. “Lexus hybrids currently make up 90 percent of all luxury hybrid sales in the U.S., so you can imagine how excited we are to continue our leadership in this market with the CT 200h.”

Standard features of the CT 200h will include:

  • Bluetooth phone/streaming media support
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Six speaker audio system
  • SmartAccess key with push button start/stop
  • Satellite radio
  • 17" aluminum wheels

In addition to announcing pricing for the CT 200h, Lexus also revealed official EPA numbers for the car. The CT 200h will achieve 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway (42 combined). Those figures compare to 50 mpg combined for the Toyota Prius which shares the same powertrain (1.8-liter gasoline engine plus Toyota's Synergy Hybrid Drive).

The Toyota Prius starts at $22,800.

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RE: Who's going to buy this car?
By Flunk on 12/15/2010 4:09:05 PM , Rating: 2
It's smaller, lighter and faster. That's why it gets worse mileage. It's a pretty neat little car, although I have a feeling that if I was spending $30,000 on a car I would want at least 200 horsepower.

What's a Mazdaspeed 3 go for again... 26k? Little more gets you a WRX? Sure the mileage isn't quite as great but it's still not bad.

RE: Who's going to buy this car?
By Jeffk464 on 12/15/2010 4:41:11 PM , Rating: 2
To hell with that, thats getting close to the price of a G37 sedan. Which is one

RE: Who's going to buy this car?
By FITCamaro on 12/16/2010 3:04:59 PM , Rating: 2
Uh the G37 Sedan starts at $35K. 1/3 more than the MS3.

But those two cars are in completely different classes. The G37 is a true four door sedan with some sport to it. The MS3 is essentially a 2 door with backseats that happen to have doors. You're not going to fit 4 adults comfortably in one. A guy at work just got one. Peppy car. Annoying looks from the front.

RE: Who's going to buy this car?
By corduroygt on 12/16/2010 11:11:06 AM , Rating: 2
It's not lighter nor faster than the Prius, that's the problem. It gets worse mileage because it's heavier.

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