Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


The 2014 Nissan Rogue found its way back to the No. 1 spot this week on our list of most-read reviews. Meanwhile, all the way down at No. 10, the 2013 Lexus CT 200h reappears on the roster. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2014 Toyota Highlander
3. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
4. 2014 Chevrolet SS
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
7. 2014 Infiniti Q50
8. 2013 BMW 328i
9. 2014 Mazda3
10. 2013 Lexus CT 200h

By Matt Schmitz | February 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Lexus CT 200h Video

Lexus' hybrid hatchback is updated for 2014, and reviewer Kelsey Mays says although the exterior revisions make the CT 200h more distinctive looking, its new large spindle grille overtakes the car's front end.

Inside, the cabin dimensions haven't changed, so the interior remains tight in terms of passenger room, Mays says. Other changes inside include a new version of Lexus' multimedia system, new steering-wheel controls and more padding. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Lexus CT 200h Starts at $32,960


Lexus is wasting no time in launching its refreshed hybrid hatchback. The 2014 CT 200h was just unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it's going on sale next month. Even better, its price isn't increasing. The 2014 Lexus CT 200h starts at the 2013 version's base $32,960 price, including a $910 destination fee. 

The biggest change is a more aggressive look in front; the 2014 model adopts Lexus' large spindle grille. Other visual differences this year include revised front and rear bumpers, LED daytime running lights, a larger rear spoiler and what Lexus describes as a "shark fin" antenna.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 2, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Lexus CT 200h Photo Gallery (27 Photos)


Introducing an aggressive new look and the promise of improved driving dynamics while maintaining its estimated fuel economy of 43/40 mpg city/highway, Lexus fancies the 2014 CT 200h as both "mean" and "green." The redesigned hybrid hatchback is now debuting simultaneously at both the Guangzhou Motor Show in China and the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, where we got a peek. The most obvious styling update is the expansive new hourglass-shaped Lexus spindle grille, the center of which has been pushed forward to create a three-dimensional form. Other exterior cues include 10-spoke 16- or 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a new "shark-fin" antenna, revised rear bumper design, L-shaped reflector housings and a black lower-center section emphasizing the vehicle’s broad rear stance. Inside is a new door-panel trim and stitched upholstery design, while new available interior trim finishes include "striped wood" and metal film.

More 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Lexus says performance enhancements include increased body rigidity, suspension retuning and improved aerodynamics to create a "more agile, engaging" driving experience, while noise-reduction measures have quieted the cabin and reduced vibrations. Check out the photo gallery below; photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Lexus CT 200h Will Debut in China


When reviewer David Thomas critiqued the 2013 Lexus CT 200h, he praised it for its fuel economy, handling and overall coolness, but wondered about the demand for a sporty luxury hybrid compact. Evidently there's enough to freshen up the 3-year-old niche nameplate for the 2014 model year. The 2014 CT 200h will make its world premiere later this month at the 11th China (Guangzhou) International Auto Parts & Accessories Exhibition in Guangzhou, China.

For the new model year, the CT 200h gets the family's spindle grille, newly designed alloy wheels and a revised rear end. No word yet on pricing; the current version starts at nearly $33,000 with destination fee. The automaker will release further details at the Guangzhou show.

By Matt Schmitz | November 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

Which Small Luxury Hybrid Isn't a Plug-In?

"Which compact hybrid is upscale and not a plug-in?" 

Sandy, Baltimore

By Rick Popely | September 8, 2013 | Comments (0) Reviews the 2013 Lexus CT 200h


The market hasn't been very kind to luxury hybrids, but Lexus should have no trouble making a sales case for its charming CT 200h. The compact hatchback continues to be a fun-to-drive, fuel-efficient hybrid, and an updated grille and athletic F Sport model keep the hatchback fresh for 2013, says reviewer David Thomas.

2013 Lexus CT 200h Review

By Jennifer Geiger | April 1, 2013 | Comments (7)

Sun Visors That Come Up Short

The dog days of summer are in full swing in the high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains (read: close to the sun with little ozone filtration). My kids are back to school and afterschool activities, so I'm often driving north on the highway with the earlier-setting sun scorching me relentlessly through the driver-side window.

This makes me more aware than ever about sun visors in test cars that I've been driving lately. Some are incredibly effective, like in the Ford Flex, and some simply fall flat, like in the Mini Cooper S coupe and the Lexus CT 200h (above).

By Kristin Varela | August 30, 2012 | Comments (11)

Lexus Marketing Chief: No Entry-Level Cars Needed for Sales Comeback

Premium cars priced below $30,000 are coming back. Last year Buick introduced the Verano, a smallish sedan that's based off the Chevrolet Cruze and starts under $23,000. Acura followed with the ILX, which shares underpinnings with the Honda Civic and will start "well below $30,000" when it hits dealerships this spring. Mercedes is still on track to roll out a family of compact cars stateside.

Toyota's Lexus division wants none of it. Lexus has just one car below the $30,000 mark, the pint-sized CT 200h hybrid, and it sells well enough. But the automaker wants none of the near-luxury pie, said Brian Smith, marketing vice president.

"I don't think [entry-luxury] is a focus of ours right now," Smith said. "Other manufacturers have a reason for going there. Some might be customer demand; some might be government regulation" — a reference to the federal government's corporate average fuel economy program. Lexus has Toyota and Scion to balance the lower mileage of its luxury cars; BMW and Mercedes, on the other hand, lack mass-market U.S. divisions.

By Kelsey Mays | February 21, 2012 | Comments (5)

Niche Cars a Success Despite Lower Volumes

When developing cars that are never intended to appeal to a mass audience, automakers must be careful not to introduce a car so eccentric that it has no audience whatsoever. Even when deemed successful, these niche automobiles remain low-volume, bit players. They form the supporting cast of an automaker's lineup. Think of them as Wallace Shawns (read to the end) of the automotive world and not the Tom Cruises.

One such vehicle that dangerously toed the line when introduced was the Nissan Juke. Thought by many to be too crazy looking on the outside and too cramped inside, Nissan cast the Juke as an alternative crossover that it hoped would pull in buyers bored with the traditional Rogue crossover and Sentra compact sedan.

In 2011, 35,886 Jukes were sold. That's a miserable-sounding total when you consider Nissan sold 124,543 Rogues last year, but it was an unexpectedly fine performance from a car that is so peculiar. The Juke outsold the Mini Countryman and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport combined in 2011.

By Timothy Cain | February 15, 2012 | Comments (4)

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