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So I am sure that all of you guys know about the NY auto show that is going on right now. I've been trying to keep in the loop about whats going on and saw several cars that were revealed at the show.

One of the two cars that I thought were interesting was the intro of the 2012 Mazda 3. The new mazda 3 is supposed to be paired with SkyActiv-G engine and transmission. This combo delivers 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of torque from a 2.0 liter DI engine. The car is also expected to get 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the hwy.

The other car that I thought was interesting was the 2013 Chevy Malibu ECO. The car has a 2.4L DI I4 with an eAssist mild hybrid system that delivers 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the hwy for the mid-sized Malibu. With the engine producing 180 hp and the mild electric motor adding another 15 hp, the combined 195 hp should give the car some pretty good performance right?

With all of these very high FE cars coming out, it just seems that the numbers for the ct200h are a bit subpar. I do admit though, I love the design of the car and the interior looks very neat (haven't actually test driven it yet), but the 0-60 times of almost 10 seconds while at the same time delivering on 40 mpg on the hwy seems kinda outdated by comparison.

Does anyone think the same thing? What would we expect if Lexus combined the engine from the new mazda 3 with their hybrid system? Would we get much better performance and higher FE?


EDIT: FIY, I am not really a car guy and all the above numbers I got from a third party site that is publishing articles about the event.
 

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@darkside: Oh I agree about the reliability, exterior and interior comforts, top ranked service. However, I just don't think power and FE wise the CT is up to par to the other cars that I mentioned. The engine technology in the car just seems outdated to me. I don't mean the hybrid components, but more of the atkinson 1.8l engine. Like what would be the power and FE if say lexus dropped the engine from the 2012 mazda 3? Can we expect EPA of say 50 in the city and 45 on hwy but 0-60 times of 8 secs or less?

I am definitely not arguing the other points of the car. Hence why I am interested in it, but think I will wait for the ct300h/ct400h.

FIY...I don't care about power all that much. However, after having driven my civic hybrid the last 3 years. I can clearly say I want something faster than that POS.

@rehabmax: that are some impressive numbers. To boot, you should see even higher FE after the engine wears in, after about 5k miles (saw that on my civic and pretty much everyone reports the same thing on the prius forums). However, just because you are getting those numbers, doesn't mean everyone else with. I have a short commute, about 10 miles each way (80% hwy and 20% fast city). I am stuck at about 42. However, when I used to commute 20 miles, I would be at a constant 46.
 
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