Lexus' company motto might as well be "leave no grille un-spindled" because that's exactly what the Japanese automaker is doing right now. First came the GS, followed by the IS and facelifts for the RX crossover SUV and the LS flagship sedan. Last but not least, the humble CT hybrid hatchback adopts the companies' prominent front gape.
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The 2014 CT 200h made its official debut in Los Angeles last fall, but we got another chance to see this gem in Detroit. The refreshed hatchback is a car we'd recommend, even though it's not cheap. At $32,050, it's the same price as a BMW 228i, but if speed and performance aren't what you're looking for the hybrid is keen to drive and frugal at the pump.
Besides the all-new fascia, the CT 200h also has new five-spoke 17-inch wheels, a spoiler at the back and even a BMW-like shark fin antenna. Inside, there's new trim levels a new Display Audio (DA)/Navigation screen and a crisp stereo with 10 speakers
Power continues to come from the same 1.8-liter electric/gasoline drivetrain with 134 horsepower. 43 mpg is what you can expect from this car, not in on the highway, but in the city.
Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida. Full profile
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