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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
As a radio or CD player, the system is easy to use, but the small, green-backlit LCD display (the same one Toyota has been putting in cars for some twenty years now) isn't sufficient for iPod song-hunting
impressive configurable dash
If you actually want to see your iPod playlists as you scroll, the optional top-of-dash navigation unit is a must.
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A clever device holder plugs into the dash near the power and stereo input ports and adjusts to hold everything from an iPod Nano to a Droid X.
The optional navigation system takes care of the display problem but adds Lexus's polarizing, console-mounted joystick.
Since the CT 200h bears the Lexus badge, a strong feature set is expected, and that's what is delivered here. Lexus appears to have hit all the commonly desired features—including plenty for those younger, more tech-savvy shoppers.
Keyless ignition, fully integrated iPod control, Bluetooth hands-free voice and audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Lexus Safety Connect are all a starting point, and included at the base level. Among the many options are LED headlamps, the Lexus Enform real-time information and navigation system, and rain-sensing wiper.
Dealers can also install a full line of performance and appearance accessories under the F-Sport label, and for 2012 there's a special Lexus CT 200h F-Sport Special Edition model that adds a host of performance upgrades plus aluminum sport pedals and NuLuxe leather-trimmed seats, along with special 17-inch alloys, a larger rear spoiler, and pearlescent paint. Functionally, it gets a slightly lowered suspension with anti-sway bars, plus premium audio and navigation.
Otherwise, there's plenty of potential for options, and we predict that choosing liberally from the list will drive the CT's sub-$30,000 base sticker price up over the $40k mark. Possibilities include LED headlamps with washers, a power moonroof, heated front seats, an in-mirror backup camera, rain-sensing wipers, and a couple of substantial packages that bundle premium audio with a moonroof and/or the hard-drive based navigation system. Nav systems also include the Lexus Enform information system.
The 2012 Lexus CT 200h is a decent value, and while there's plenty in standard guise to make those stepping up from a Prius happy, deep-pocketed luxury shoppers have plenty of potential extras to add.