The 2014 Lexus CT 200h moves into the new model year with the same base price as last year’s Lexus CT 200h. The exterior updates complete the entire line of Lexus car’s new noses. The 2014 Lexus CT 200h now has a spindle-shaped nose that’s nearly indistinguishable from other Lexus cars. There are no mechanical updates to speak of and the F-Sport version remains a trim package – not a performance upgrade.
Everything under the skin remains pretty much the same. The same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine combined with a 650 Volt motor which has a combined output of 134 horsepower resides under the hood. The continuously variable transmission is hooked up to the mixed powerplant. The same 42 MPG combined rating is a carryover too.
“The 2014 CT gets a fresh, sporty look with an updated front fascia that includes a full Lexus spindle grille, new front bumper, LED daytime running lights and updated fog lamp surrounds. A new five-spoke 17-inch wheel design, new rear bumper design, LED rear license plate lighting, larger rear spoiler (3 cm), aero-stabilizing fins, shark fin antenna and scratch-resistant clear coat rounds out the other exterior changes.
The available fixed and thinner Display Audio (DA)/Navigation screen adopts the next generation multimedia system featuring complimentary HD Radio real-time traffic and weather. Models equipped with the optional navigation system receive generation two Remote Touch Interface. An improved speaker design for both the standard six-speaker and premium 10-speaker audio systems enhance the overall listening experience. A redesigned leather shift knob and sliding sun visors are now standard. DA and navigation get Bluetooth 3.0 and dual USB.
Drivers will appreciate the updated steering wheel redesigned for better feel and the metallic interior ornamentation that enhances the luxurious cabin. Color and trim choices are enhanced with the addition of Parchment NuLuxe and perforated Flaxen leather. The 2014 CT also receives a new exterior color, Redline, which features a highly scratch resistant self-restoring coat. New headliner color (ecru) and dash panel.
The 2014 CT 200h F SPORT also receives noticeable styling enhancements that make the sporty exterior even more impressive. The F SPORT rides on newly designed 17-inch 5-twin spoke alloy wheels with two-tone graphite and machine finish. In line with the brand’s other F SPORT models, the CT receives a front bumper with F SPORT mesh grille. The CT F SPORT will stand out with its new black contrast roof, new rear spoiler with two large air ducts, and mesh fog lamp inserts and black surround.
F SPORT exterior badging further differentiates this vehicle from the rest of the CT line. The CT 200h F SPORT also comes with two unique exterior colors: Ultra White and Ultra Sonic Blue Mica.” – – Lexus Media
The 2014 Lexus CT 200h should prove to be as enjoyable as the current mode – and that’s a good thing. The toss-ability of the Lexus CT 200h and its fun character make it a standout in the world of entry-level luxury. Lexus is smart to continue the $32,050. I only wish they would add some real performance to the F-Sport version.
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