Although the slowest in its class, the new 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid is a distinctive choice for a premium-brand hybrid car, thanks to its upscale ambience, superb handling, excellent fuel economy, and a hatchback body style. The Lexus CT Hybrid release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017.
Lexus has long dominated the luxury hybrid market thanks to Toyota’s leadership in hybrid vehicles. Despite the spirited fight emanating from other automakers for a slice of the hybrid market, the model under review has managed to remain a solid option for buyers looking for a conventional gasoline-electric hybrid compact luxury vehicle.
It has also managed to keep its mojo going strong due to its appealing combination of upscale amenities and inspired styling. Other strengths that endear many to the CT Hybrid include the larger-than sedan’s cargo volume thanks to the utilitarian four-door hatchback design. Tack on an impressive fuel economy rating of 42 mpg/combined and you’ve got yourself an excellent vehicle that pretty much gets everything going for it.
Interior wise, the seats are comfortable and provide excellent lateral support for a sporty feel. Cell phone storage pockets are limited to pint-size door pockets and glovebox. When it comes to backseat space, the vehicle offers laudable leg- and headroom for its occupants although easy ingress and egress are complicated by the narrow rear door openings. Further aback, the cargo volume is ample and Lexus puts it at a maximum of 34.8 cubic feet when the seats are folded down, and 14.3 cubic feet in a regular setting.
On the other side of the coin, the new 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid provides admissible reasons enough to suggest you think twice before penning that purchase agreement down. This is because the new CT Hybrid provides a pokey acceleration, the optional infotainment system isn’t driver-centric and can be distracting to use, the luggage space is modest, and the engine noise is painstakingly substantial.
2017 Lexus CT Hybrid Review of the Exterior & Interior Accessories
Standard equipment offered include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, keyless entry and ignition, automatic headlights, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker sound system, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, automatic dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, vinyl upholstery, a USB port, a CD player, a six-speaker sound system, Siri Eyes Free, and a split-folding rear seatbacks.
Options here include a premium 10-speaker audio system, a four-way power front passenger seat, Remote Touch Controller, a rearview camera, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, automatic wipers and headlights, , heated front seats, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a six-CD changer.
The Luxury package offered include driver memory settings, ventilated and heated steering wheel, rearview auto-dimming mirrors, a sport-tuned suspension system, a blacked-out rooftop, distinctive seventeen-inch alloy wheels, smartphone app integration, voice controls, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a large rear spoiler, unique styling tweaks, HD radio, a navigation system, seven-inch display, front and rear parking cameras, a sunroof, a back-up camera, rearview auto-dimming mirror, pre-collision warning system, LED headlights, and a leather upholstery.
2017 Lexus CT Hybrid Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
Under the hood of the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid is a four-cylinder 1.8L engine mated to a nickel-metal hydride battery pack and a pair of electric motors/generators. The output, according to Lexus, is estimated to be 134 horsepower, which is then routed to the ground via the CVT system.
The CT Hybrid 0-60 mph only takes 10.5 seconds, at least according to Lexus approximations.
When we come to the fuel economy ratings, the CT Hybrid shines brighter with estimations of 43/40/42 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Some of the safety features offered for the hybrid car include stability and traction control, automatic collision notification, front-and-rear-seat side airbags, active front restraints, antilock disc brakes, a rearview camera, emergency assistance, adaptive cruise control with rear cross traffic alerts, brake assist, adaptive cruise control, and stolen vehicle location.
2017 Lexus CT Hybrid Release Date & Price
Rumors are rife within industry circles that the vehicle will probably go for sale sometime in the second half of 2017. As for the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid price sticker, the same sources allege the vehicle will cost around $31,250.