Lexus CT coming to the US next year.

This will be the smallest and cheapest Lexus model.

So far, it uses the same 1.8 Liter engine as the Prius. Unlike the HS sedan which uses a larger 2.4 Liter, and only gets a 35mpg rating.
(Unless they decide to go with the larger engine for the US.)
Let’s hope the smaller CT gets closer to the Prius’s 50mpg.
Otherwise, it will be a flop. Which is pretty much what happened to the HS.
They have to understand the main reason why people buy hybrids: gas mileage.
Not because they’re the best cars in the world.
So a 35mpg hybrid is sure to fail.
By the way, most people who have driven the Audi A3 diesel in the US average almost 40mpg.
The A3 is a few years old (new design coming withing a year or 2), and it still looks so much better than the “not out yet” Lexus.
We’ll see….

Conversation 10 comments

  1. Actually surprisingly the HS is selling well. At current rate they'll sell about 15,000/year and it's not a cheap car.

    I hope there will be more hybrid competition since these are extremely boring. The CT may not be most dull but back looks akward. An IS with back tacked on from another hatchback.

  2. MPG's is not an effective indicator of a car's fuel efficiency. When comparing the fuel efficiencies of vehicles, consumption provides a more accurate comparison. The fuel savings of a 40mpg car (A3) to a 35 mpg car (HS) is a minimal 0.83L/100km. Resulting in negligible financial savings in terms of fuel usage.

  3. "Actually surprisingly the HS is selling well. At current rate they'll sell about 15,000/year and it's not a cheap car."

    You're dreaming. The HS is tanking.

  4. The HS is selling well in Japan, that's why the supply is constrained in the US. Surprising considering its non-Lexus looks.

    IMO the CT looks way better than the HS, and I think it looks better than the A3. Audi styling seems to be one shape, 3 sizes lately. But definitely the mpg rating is key.

  5. The concept was more engaging. I wouldn't mind seeing sedan and coupe variants of this, though.

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