Gallery: TEST DRIVE: The Lexus CT200h Compact Hatchback Hybrid Ushers I...

Lexus is clearly expecting younger customers to be the primary purchasers of the CT200h, as the cockpit is decked with navigation, a dedicated smart phone holder, selector tool for working the infotainment system, and more green gadgetry on the instrument cluster and steering wheel for monitoring the hybrid system. Older Lexus customers are not in the market for this kind of green high tech.

Like most small hybrids the CT200h had a level of performance that wouldn’t excite any real car enthusiasts, but there really was more than adequate power for the average driver. When we really wanted to get somewhere, we sacrificed our fuel economy and peeled out into traffic with ease. We’re hoping someone, maybe even Lexus, will be able to fix the traction control for better winter performance in the future, because we really were ready to fall for this little beauty. It’s small, but it’s packed with all the quiet luxury of some much less eco-friendly vehicles. If you’re looking for a green hatchback, just pack up and move to Florida so you can own a CT200h.

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  1. msyin January 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I was wondering if you had the correct tires on the vehicle and who was driving that had the seats at the maximum distance from the steering wheel. The seats looked as if they were the furthest they could go back so of course there was almost no leg room.

  2. jasonjasonjason January 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Whether it can make it up your driveway or not is entirely dependent on the tires, and the stock tires are pretty hard and not suitable for snow. A set of snow tires is all you need.

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