2014 Lexus CT 200h

Base FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4

Base FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4

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2014 Lexus CT200h F Sport Front Top View
Plastic glasses. Unbiased opinion. Living dead. Government organization. To the long list of oxymorons, Lexus adds one more: CT200h F Sport.

F Sport everything

We get that Lexus wants popularize its newfound F Sport sub-brand, but that sub-brand will soon be meaningless if the automaker keeps slapping an F Sport badge onto vehicles that are not remotely sporty. An F Sport version of the RX350 makes no sense, and an F Sport version of an aged hybrid hatch that crawls from 0 to 60 mph in ten seconds makes even less sense.

Vague performance

There's never been anything sporty about the Lexus CT200h since it debuted in 2010. Neither a refresh for 2014, which updates the car's aesthetics but not much else, nor an F Sport badge has changed that. The $1180 F Sport package must improve the performance of the Lexus CT200h, right? Only by adding an F Sport-tuned suspension -- to translate, that means higher spring rates. Lexus says the suspension changes "help realize superb handling stability, particularly during low- to mid-speed driving." One, there is no noticeable change in handling at any speed, and what we experienced with this Lexus CT200h was far from "superb." And two, something with F Sport-tuned suspension should cater to driving enthusiasts who care more about high-speed driving anyway.

Gussied up

If not a performance-boosting package, what is the pricey F Sport option? It's mostly an appearance package for the Lexus CT200h, which includes two-tone, 17-inch aluminum wheels, a mesh front grille, fog lights with even more mesh, a shift knob scantly trimmed in leather, and seats trimmed in black NuLuxe (faux leather). We admit that we like the package's black roof, but the Lexus CT200h already looks like Predator wearing Paul Wall's grill -- why dress it up even more? If one were compelled to do so, they should go ahead, but the option box they tick shouldn't say "F Sport."

Bad move

Lexus isn't the only automaker diluting its sporty sub-brand. The M Sport package for a BMW X3 doesn't improve the crossover's performance whatsoever. Squandering the potential of sporty sub-brands will hurt champion brands, the F's and M's of the world, in the long run. The Lexus CT200h F Sport is simply an oxymoron that shouldn't exist.

2014 Lexus CT200h F Sport Specifications

Base price $34,140
Price as tested $39,030
Engine 1.8-liter DOHC I-4
Power 98 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque 105 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Motor 80-hp AC permanent-magnet synchronous
Battery pack 201.6-volt nickel metal hydride
Total power 134 hp
Transmission Continuously variable
Drive Front-wheel
Fuel economy 43/40 mpg (city/highway)
0-60 mph 9.8 sec
Top speed 113 mph
Cargo capacity 14.3 cu ft
2014 Lexus CT200h Front Three Quarter 1
The refreshed 2014 Lexus CT200h starts at $32,960 after a $910 destination charge, unchanged from last year's price for the hybrid hatchback. The sticker is unchanged even though the 2014 Lexus CT200h received a handful of revisions and a mild face lift for the new model year.
2014 Lexus CT 200h Profile
As expected, the 2014 Lexus CT200h made its official debut at the 2013 Guangzhou auto show sporting refreshed bodywork, with the major changes taking place on the front grille, rear fascia, and wheels. The 2014 Lexus CT200h falls in line with the rest of the Lexus lineup, adopting the gaping “spindle” grille as well as slightly sportier taillights and more horizontal bumper design.
2014 Lexus Ct200h Front
The 2014 Lexus CT200h will be the last Lexus model to gain the signature Lexus “spindle” grille, as a revised version of this compact hybrid hatchback will debut at the 2013 Guangzhou auto show next week. This is the first refresh for the Lexus CT200h since the car debuted in 2010.

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2014 Lexus CT 200h Specifications

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1.8L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
43 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
40 MPG
134 hp
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
10,000 miles / 12 months
IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength

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