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So what is the collective experience of ct200h members about tailgaters? Do people in Jeeps and pickup trucks and small POS cars just like to try to intimidate me in my ct200h because it has such a low roof? Because it's a Lexus and they resent it? or is it just me being overly annoyed by the fact that the car does sit low and so every 19 out of 20 cars' lights beam directly into my rear view mirror? It seems that on any day driving into work I'll pick up at least 1 tailgater who would love to just knock me off the road if they could! There have been a few instances where trucks have been literally within a foot of my bumper at a red light; so close it makes me want to put it in park, step out, and put a couple of .38 rounds into their radiator. Or worse (better?).I can tell you for a fact nobody gets that close to me in my F150 supercrew truck. I mean, WTF, does the ct200h invite this kind of attraction from some element of the deranged US driving public? In all of these cases I've been on short 1-2 mile stretches of 2 lane roads with traffic heavy enough that if they passed me they'd just be behind somebody else, with me behind them 60 seconds later at the next light. I drive the speed limit or 5 mph over usually.Yes, I know a-holes are everywhere but I'm just wondering if this car model in particular doesn't attract them. Other than that effin moonroof bar rattling around, this is the only real gripe I have with the car. And I've owned it for about 3 years now.Comments?
 

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I think part of the problem is that this car is incredibly slow. What other car's normal acceleration is equivalent to this' car's full power. So while you feel like you're accelerating off of a stop light at normal speed, you're really accelerating slower than normal traffic.
Yeah, this might be it. Come to think of it, I almost invariably switch it to Sport Mode to avoid the very problem you mentioned. That truly does make a difference, and in about 20 tanks of gas, I've noticed no difference in MPG. I didn't do real statistics on it, but just eyeballing my numbers it all looks the same. It would be nice if I could make the car transmission boot up in Sport Mode by default, but that's probably a dealer tweak, if it is even possible.
 
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