I have been driving the CT 200h for about a week now. I drive 80 miles each day to and from work (about 3 hours round trip), so I have a pretty good feel for it by now. I've been averaging 43.0 MPG an...
I have been driving the CT 200h for about a week now. I drive 80 miles each day to and from work (about 3 hours round trip), so I have a pretty good feel for it by now. I've been averaging 43.0 MPG and I have been driving in "Eco" mode only.
First of all, I only briefly test drove the car twice at two different dealers. I put a refundable security deposit down and waited two weeks for it to arrive. In the meantime, I test drove a Prius, Mazda3, and Chevy Cruze. The Mazda3 hatchback looks very similar to the CT 200h, but it only gets 22 MPG, so if you drive as much as I do, then the CT is the same price with the cost of gas taken into account. While the Prius and the Chevy Cruze were a bit less expensive, it wasn't that much different in a payment and I just love the look of the CT.
I love all the features and actually like the NuLuxe faux leather. Plus, it saves a cow hide and has low VOC emissions, so you can feel good about this upholstery. I also like the claim that the car is 85% recyclable. And at 43 MPG, I really feel like this car helps towards the goal of running a more efficient, earth-friendly society.
I also did not go for the navigation. I've been living in Chicago my whole life and think I know where I'm going. I have a Tom-Tom for roadtrips. Wasn't worth the additional $3,500 to me.
I've also truly enjoyed my experience with the Lexus staff. Everyone is very professional, friendly, and low pressure.
Overall, I just love this car! Granted, it's only been a week with me and I drove a 1999 Saab that was falling apart before this, so I probably would have liked anything better than that! But, I truly feel that I made a good decision (and believe me, I'm an analyst for a living and spent countless hours analyzing car choices, prices, options, etc.).
If you're a commuter and want to travel in a little more style than the Prius, I highly recommend this car. I can't wait until 5:00 today when I can go back and drive it home :)