Not what I expected in Lexus
September 22, 2018
Purchased CT200h to replace a 2001 Prius we drove for many years. We were trying to decide between a 2015 Prius plugin and Lexus, ended up going for the Lexus.
The first impression was it was very solidly built, and I was confident it would be reliable being a Lexus.
Only two pros for me now that I've been driving it for a week, nice leather driver seat and it does handle well, like a sports car.
Lots of cons:
No passenger lumbar and the seat is very concave and low, hard for us older people to get out of. Also no height adjustment for passenger.
Dash and center console are designed in a very confining way, feels claustrophobic. The center dash especially is unnecessarily large with only one plug.
Can only call it a weird shifter. unusual configuration of auto gears and "park" is a push button...hard to get used to, why do this???
Car sits low to the ground and windows angled so as not to give a great view of your surroundings. I removed the rear seat headrests so I could see better.
Almost no leg room in the rear. I'm only 5'9", and with the front seat in a comfortable position there's only a few inches in the back.
Sluggish acceleration in normal driving. If you punch it hard, it will rev and go, but it doesn't accelerate very smoothly if you're going from 0-60 quickly. It'll do it ok, but it doesn't feel natural to it.
HORRIBLE bumpy ride. It sits so low that you feel every bump way more than I would have expected for a "luxury" vehicle.
Lots of road and engine noise, again way more than I would have expected from a Lexus.
In conclusion, I wish we would have went with the Prius. This car has a nice look, but for me now that I'm driving it, that's where the charm ends. It's pretty clear that Lexus really was lacking refinements for this vehicle as they're "best value". Overall, very disappointed and want to trade in already.