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I read that article. Those editors have a chip on their shoulders against hybrids and don't think any car slower than 5 seconds to 60 is any good. They just don't understand.
 

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well, i don't care about negative reviews since it's subjective anyways, but...you know they're idiots when they list the car as a 2.8 liter inline-4. i even copy-pasted it just in case they decide to edit it soon... :rolleyes:

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2011 Lexus CT 200h Premium
Base Price: $31,775
As-Tested Price: $39,874
Drivetrain: 2.8-liter I4 hybrid; FWD, continuously variable transmission
Output: 134 hp @ 5,200 rpm, 142 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Curb Weight: 3,130 lb
Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 42/22.2 mpg
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I test drove and looked at the A3. The TDI was on my list due to the torque and economy. Problem was that just like the CT is a "Re-badged Toyota", the A3 is a re-badged VW..... bottom of the barrel VW none the less. I went and test drove the CT with a friend of mine who has an 04 TDI 5speed Jetta. He ordered and purchased brand new and even he said it'll be the last VW he ever buys.
My father loves his Audi's and even he agree's that they are 3 year/15000 mile cars. After that parts start failing, and noises appear.

Different strokes for different folks
 

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Also how in the hell do you get 22.2 mpg in it? I mean even if you left the parking brake on and drove around at WOT I don't think it could get that low.
 

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People who can't get the facts straight, by at least rereading their article to ensure the facts are correct, and do not objectively rate something have no right being an editor of anything....
 

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anyone else seeing a discrepancy in the torque numbers, too? do we have that much torque? i thought it was closer to 104 ft/lbs or something. :confused:
 

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I test drove and looked at the A3. The TDI was on my list due to the torque and economy. Problem was that just like the CT is a "Re-badged Toyota", the A3 is a re-badged VW..... bottom of the barrel VW none the less. I went and test drove the CT with a friend of mine who has an 04 TDI 5speed Jetta. He ordered and purchased brand new and even he said it'll be the last VW he ever buys.
My father loves his Audi's and even he agree's that they are 3 year/15000 mile cars. After that parts start failing, and noises appear.

Different strokes for different folks
My GTI, sister car of the A3, had noises from the beginning. Also, it would turn the bass all the way up on the radio when I held the steering wheel at a certain angle. And the AC failed twice. And cruise control failed 200 miles into a 5000 mile roadtrip. And paint was chipping off a portion of the bumper that couldn't have physically been hit. And the clearcoat was chipping off the wheels. Do I need to go on? Completely unacceptable for a three year old car. I loved the car, but it was terrible to own.
 

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The automobile world has changed forever.
Instead of being the first to feel the winds of change and lead the way, those power-edicted guys calling themselves "experts" are left behind...

Giora.
 

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I voted with my wallet to go for the CT after considering the A3, so I don't agree Lexus 'missed the mark' in competing with Audi. In general I don't go to Autoweak for useful information given they are not exactly the pinnacle of automotive journalism. But every auto rag will no doubt knock the acceleration figures of the CT.
 

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Auto rags better get used to the acceleration figures of hybrids like the CT. With the government requiring auto makers to achieve an average of 35.5 MPG by 2016 it's going to become a lot more common.
 

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Weak article by a guy still stuck on a V8 and 250HP. If they don't wake up and smell the coffee they will be doomed. The times they are a changin ! Cars averaging 18-20 mpg are dinosaurs already, they just don't know it. Maybe in 5 years the next CT will get 75mpg, but for now 45mpg is stellar for a compact luxury car. I doubt you can squeeze much more mileage out of straight gasoline so I think the key to increasing MPG is increasing the battery capacity, giving the gas engine more of an assist and propelling on electric a greater amount of the time. Toyota/Lexus will figure it out. I love my CT200h. No, it is not a rocket, but that isn't the point at all. Personally I think the Sport mode when needed is very adequate. i am very pleased with my purchase.
CT200H Premium, Starfire Pearl, Navigation, Black interior, Premium Sound.
 

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Weak article by a guy still stuck on a V8 and 250HP. If they don't wake up and smell the coffee they will be doomed. The times they are a changin ! Cars averaging 18-20 mpg are dinosaurs already, they just don't know it. Maybe in 5 years the next CT will get 75mpg, but for now 45mpg is stellar for a compact luxury car. I doubt you can squeeze much more mileage out of straight gasoline so I think the key to increasing MPG is increasing the battery capacity, giving the gas engine more of an assist and propelling on electric a greater amount of the time. Toyota/Lexus will figure it out. I love my CT200h. No, it is not a rocket, but that isn't the point at all. Personally I think the Sport mode when needed is very adequate. i am very pleased with my purchase.
CT200H Premium, Starfire Pearl, Navigation, Black interior, Premium Sound.
Ditto.... and besides if I really want to get over my need for speed I just take the Carrera out :D.
 

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The first reader comment on the article was pretty nice:

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kpetro wrote:
Wow, Autoweek. I'm shocked at how little research was done with this review.

For starters, it's a 1.8 engine. And the EPA gas mileage is 43/40/42. It's funny how when you review cars such as the M3, C63 AMG, or RS4, there are never comments on how horrible the gas mileage is, as those cars are built for performance. This car is built for gas mileage, not speed, and it seems that speed (or lack thereof) is all you're focusing on.

This car is the first in its' class as a luxury compact hybrid. It also handles the most like a car out of any other hybrid - thanks to low-center of gravity and MacPherson Struts. I had low hopes when I decided to test drive this car, mainly looking at the 134hp and all I could think of was "ugh." Driving around in sport mode, I was pleasantly surprised. It is peppy enough to merge onto the highway and move through traffic. Is it going to move as fast as most cars? No. Most cars are not getting over 40mpg. Again, that's what this car was made for.

As others have said about the price, I think you had EVERY possible option on your test car. Most cars come as a Premium Model, which adds a moonroof and heated seats on to the base...which MSRP's for $32,151 (for a Premium). Did I mention it takes 87 octane fuel? Drive it yourself before taking this review as the end-all-be-all.

Now whether I agree with Lexus taking a step in this direction is an entirely different matter. Call any dealership and mostly all of the stock models are sold out, so consumers have made their opinion known.

Read more: 2011 Lexus CT 200h Premium, an AW Drivers Log - AutoWeek Magazine"
 

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Agree with you all, unless the car pulls at least 0.9G and hits 60mph in under 5 secs, the car sucks right? I lost complete respect for these stone-age testers. Get with the times and changing consumer needs!:mad:
 
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