We recently test drove a Lexus CT200h hybrid for a week just as the first real snowfall arrived in SE Michigan. The CT200h is one of the first of the new compact luxury hatchback hybrids headed to the states - well-made small cars like this usually go only to European markets. We were very impressed with the ride's attention to detail inside and out. The lit doorsill logos, retracting nav screen, blue LED lighting elements and leather-wrapped everything spoke of serious quality. The 40+ mpg and under $30,000 price tag rounded out the package nicely, although our tester pushed the limits with a $38,000 sticker. But then the snow fell, and the CT200h couldn't make it 10 feet up our driveway. Scalloped door shapes and adorable hatch aside, the CT200h's inability to handle even one inch of snow put a lid on our enthusiasm for this little car. Check out our photo gallery to see all the fabulous details, and we'll tell you why you definitely will want one of these hybrid hatches... as long as you live in a sunny state.
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.