The hybrid for enthusiasts
March 2, 2019
Look, as a car guy, I swore I'd never own a hybrid because most seem dull, awkward looking, slow, and just not fun to drive at all. That being said, recently our commute has increased to between 80-100 miles per day, so gas mileage and practicality became a priority. We'd driven the Hyundai Ioniq, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Kia Niro, and Honda Insight, and each had sacrifices. Then we came across this used CT200h, and took it for a spin. A day later, we came back and signed the paperwork.
This car has already won me over into the hybrid world. Yes, it's still slow. It is still a Prius powerplant, after all with a CVT. But, the steering and suspension feel is great, throttle response is good in "Sport" (also love the hidden tachometer), brakes are a bit of a change but you adapt pretty quickly... It looks good, has the practicality of a hatchback, has the soft, luxurious feel of a Lexus interior, backed by the reliability of a Toyota.
It's not fast by any standard, not even for a hybrid these days, but it's still fun. It does have a bit harsher ride than you'd expect of a Lexus, but I credit that to the "fun to drive" aspects of the suspension. That's a fair trade off to me.
The interior is pretty comfortable, albeit tight in the rear seats especially if you have a front passenger or driver over 6ft tall, and the trunk isn't very big, but there are folding seats, and we don't have back seat passengers often.
Overall, this car is great. It gets around 41 mpg on our typical commute, it's fun enough to drive, comfortable, and practical. I'm happy with it, and coming from a petrolhead, that's worth something!