Family safety is always primary, and the 2011 Lexus CT 200h delivers with a full complement of standard safety equipment. Eight airbags (including knee bags for driver and front passenger), vehicle stability control, traction control, four-wheel power disc brakes, four-sensor, four-wheel anti-lock braking system, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, and tire pressure monitoring system.
Also included as standard are whiplash lessening front seats, in which headrests are designed to push backward in the event of a rear-end collision. This reduces the space between the occupant’s head and the headrest, limiting excess head movement and helping to reduce the severity of whiplash.
For security, there’s safety assist, which includes automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location service, enhanced roadside assistance, and emergency assistance button. Safety assist is a subscription service, but the first year is included with purchase of the CT Hybrid.
Optional pre-collision system (packaged with adaptive cruise control), when it detects an imminent front-end collision, automatically tightens front seatbelts, initiates brake assist, and can even apply brakes in some instances to help reduce impact speed.
How a vehicle fits front- and rear-seat passengers is all about comfort – as well as convenience. Storage capacity is also important. How does the 2011 Lexus CT 200h stand up? Although it’s a compact – and a hybrid – the 2011 Lexus CT 200h offers front/rear headroom of 37.8/37.0 inches (without moonroof), front/rear leg room of 41.5/32.9 inches, front/rear shoulder room of 53.9/52.6 inches, and front/rear hip room of 53.0/51.8 inches.
As for storage capacity, the CT Hybrid provides 14.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the front seats.
Basic warranty is 48-months/50,000 miles. Powertrain warranty coverage is 72 months/70,000 miles. Rust warranty is also 72 months, regardless of mileage. Compared to the Audi and BMW warranties, basic warranty is the same, but Lexus is two years/20,000-miles better in the powertrain coverage. Rust protection is two times longer for Audi/BMW models, 12 years compared to Lexus’s six years, all with unlimited mileage.
Want another perspective? See more at TheCarConnection, where editors have this to say: “The 2011 Lexus CT 200h is an iconic, stylish, and actually quite fun-to-drive car, with Lexus levels of refinement, and it’s a strong value – both as a way of entering the Lexus brand and as an exciting new green icon.”