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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.
Because the 2013 Lexus CT 200h carries the badge of Toyota's luxury brand, buyers expect a healthy set of features--and the CT delivers. It includes almost all of the functions, features, and fittings you'd anticipate in a luxury car, but skews them toward younger, more tech-savvy shoppers.
The base vehicle includes keyless ignition, Bluetooth hands-free voice and audio streaming, SiriusXM satellite radio, fully integrated iPod control, and Lexus Safety Connect as a starting point. Then there's the lengthy list of options, among them the Lexus Enform real-time information and navigation system, LED headlamps, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
For buyers who want sportier looks and more customization, Lexus dealers offer a full line of performance and appearance accessories under the F-Sport label. The Lexus CT 200h F-Sport Special Edition model adds a host of performance upgrades, plus special 17-inch alloys, a larger rear spoiler, aluminum sport pedals and NuLuxe leather-trimmed seats, along an expanded range of paint colors for 2013. Functionally, it gets a slightly lowered suspension with anti-sway bars, plus premium audio and navigation.
The CT carries a base price around $30,000, but choosing extravagantly from the options list can push that up by another $10,000. 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. For 2013, Lexus Park Assist is now offered as a standalone option, and a new Seat Comfort package has been added, with heated front seats and power adjustment for the front passenger seat.
The 2013 Lexus CT 200h comes into its own with a features list, both standard and optional, that beats almost any other compact.