Review: 2016 Lexus CT200h

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You won’t find too many small luxury hatchbacks with a hybrid engine out there, despite the growing number of hybrids in the marketplace. Lexus has been dominating this niche market for years.

The compact five-door Lexus CT200h is fuel-efficient, sporty, has a luxurious interior, and boasts a decent amount of cargo space to boot. It’s even one of the top-selling eco-friendly cars on the market.

So is the CT200h everything you’re looking for in a car? Here’s our review.

Safety Features

The CT200h isn’t just good on fuel. It’s also an incredibly safe car.

The 2016 CT200h has earned the Top Safety Pick+ rating with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with best-possible ratings on all crash tests.

Its safety features include airbags, 4-wheel ABS, remote anti-theft alarm system, emergency braking assist, daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, auto delay off headlamps, dusk sensing headlamps, turn signal mirrors, stability control, traction control, post-collision safety system, tire pressure monitoring, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intuitive Park Assist and backup camera mounted in auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Entertainment

The CT200h has all the standard entertainment features.

It features Bluetooth® technology, voice-activated control, a six-speaker audio system, AM/FM stereo, satellite radio with three months of provided service, speed sensitive volume control, auxiliary input jack, and USB with external media control.

If that just isn’t enough, a variety of tech and entertainment upgrades are available with premium and F Sport packages, such as Lexus Display Audio.

New Styling

Not much has changed by way of styling with the 2016 model.

The CT200h comes with a leatherette interior, bucket front seats, cruise control, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, as well as a leather and simulated alloy steering wheel.

On the outside, you’ll find variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, rear window wiper, power glass sunroof, rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels, and 215/45R17 all-season tires.

New Technology

In terms of technology the 2016 CT200h comes with plenty of bells and whistles. The CT200h includes tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, cruise control, electric power steering, dual zone climate control, turn signal in mirrors, Safety Connect telecommunications service, and Bluetooth® wireless data link for hands-free phone.

Optional features include heated front seats, a navigation system, an electronic parking aid camera, power sunroof/moonroof, real-time traffic information, DVD entertainment system, interior day/night electrochromic rearview mirror, adaptive cruise control, and universal garage door opener.

Fuel Economy

43 MPG city / 40 MPG highway / 42 MPG combined

Pricing

Starting at $31,250 MSRP

Review: 2016 Lexus GX460 Series

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The Lexus GX460 is a mid-size luxury SUV with one capability the alternatives do not offer – namely, the ability to take it off-roading.

The GX460 features a soft ride, a powerful 301-horsepower V8 engine, and beautiful interior. It’s everything you’d expect, and some things you wouldn’t, from a traditional luxury SUV.
So how does it stack up with other SUVs in its class? Is it the car you’ve been looking for? Let’s take a look.

Safety Features

The 2016 GX460 has yet to be rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The car nevertheless features robust safety features and is definitely for the safety-conscious.

Standard safety features on the GX460 include four-wheel active traction control, Enform Safety Connect, 10 airbags, active front headrests, LED headlamps and taillamps, Smart Stop technology, a backup camera, tire-pressure monitor system, downhill assist control, and hill-start assist control.
Some optional features include a blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert, headlamp washers, and intuitive parking assist.

Entertainment

If off-roading capabilities just aren’t enough to keep you entertained, the GX460 also comes with a premium surround-sound audio system, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth audio technology, steering-wheel-mounted controls, and SiriusXM® satellite radio.
Entertainment-minded drivers might opt to add the Enform App Suite, voice command, Fuel Guide, and Sports and Stocks.

New Styling

With this seven-seater, drivers can choose from two different trim levels, either Base or Luxury. The Base model comes with a sunroof, automatic LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and premium vinyl upholstery.

As you can imagine, there are a variety of optional features for those who are more style-conscious. Some features include automatic wipers, LED fog lights, and perforated leather upholstery.
At the Luxury level, you get headlight washers, auto-dimming side mirrors, mahogany wood trim for the shifter and steering wheel, and upgraded leather upholstery.

New Technology

As with most Lexus cars, the GX460 comes loaded with all manner of technology. Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, Lexus Enform Service Connect, Premium Audio System, SmartAccess key fob, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth audio, steering-wheel-mounted controls, SiriusXM® satellite radio and the Enform Remote mobile app all come standard with the GX460.
For those who want more tech, you can also add Enform Destinations, the Enform App Suite, voice command for Bluetooth, Navigation System with voice activation, as well as Fuel Guide, Sports and Stocks to keep tabs on your teams and investments.

Pricing

Starting at $50,780 MSRP

Comparison Lexus RC200t vs BMW 2 Series

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If you’re in the market for a two-door luxury coupe, practicality probably isn’t a major concern. These cars are not built for passenger accommodation or cargo space, but rather performance and styling.

Coupes are all about the driving experience. They’re about style and performance. And if you want to get from A to B in style, then the Lexus RC200t or the BMW 2 Series might be exactly the car you’ve been looking for.

But how do the two cars compare? Let’s take a look.

Safety

Lexus RC200t
We’re all for traveling in style, but it’s also nice to have the reassurance that you can put the pedal to the metal without compromising safety.

The Lexus RC200t has received the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, passing all crash tests with flying colors.

The RC200t features the usual bevy of Lexus safety features. Standard items include LED headlamps and LED daytime running lights, an advanced braking system, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System with sport mode, Enform Safety Connect, backup camera with dynamic gridlines, eight airbags, rigid body structure with crumple zones, Hill-start Assist Control, LED taillamps, and Smart Stop technology. The safety-conscious can also opt to add a Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Cross-Traffic Alert, rain-sensing wipers, windshield wiper de-icer and headlamp washers.

BMW 2 Series
Much like the RC200t, the BMW 2 Series was the recipient of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, getting the best possible scores in all crash tests.

Its safety features are also robust. The 2 Series comes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), engine immobilizer, airbags, front safety belts with automatic pre-tensioners, Coded Driveway Protection, impact sensor, programmable daytime running lights, Tire Pressure Monitor, Anti-theft alarm system, and BMW Assist eCall™ with Emergency Request and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification.

Features

Lexus RC200t
Luxury two-door coupes are for those who want to have fun on the road, and if that’s what you’re looking for in a car, the RC200t won’t disappoint.

Standard entertainment features include Siri® Eyes Free, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth audio technology, HD Radio™ with iTunes® Tagging and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio.

The RC200t’s optional features aren’t anything to sneeze at, either. You can opt to add the Enform App Suite, voice command, Fuel Guide, Sports and Stocks, Navigation System with Voice Activation, and a Mark Levinson® surround sound audio system if entertainment is your thing.

But if that still isn’t enough fun, the F Sport models come with a lot of extras, such as the LFA-inspired digital instrumentation, Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), Sport S+ driving mode, drive mode select, as well as G-Force and Turbo-Boost Displays.
The base model interior features a leather trim with NuLuxe seating, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone climate control with smog sensor, Personalized Settings, electrochromic inside mirror with compass, ambient lighting, and illuminated door handles.

F Sport models come with badged steering wheel and shift knob, bolstered seats, sport exterior styling, as well as heated and ventilated front seats.

BMW 2 Series
Shoppers looking at the BMW 2 Series will notice the base model lack the maby standard featres found in the RC 200t. The 2 Series interior features SensaTec vinyl upholstery, high-gloss black plastic trim, as well as eight-way manual adjustable front sport seats.

As far as entertainment is concerned, the 2 Series comes with a HiFi sound system and Radio Data System (RDS), HD Radio™ with multicast FM reception, pre-wiring for SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Tuner, Bluetooth technology, and iDrive with and a 6.5-inch display.

Outside, you’ll find Y-Spoke alloy wheels, halogen free-form front fog lights, chrome-line exterior-trim and sport kidney grille.

Fuel Economy

Lexus RC200t
22 MPG city / 32 MPG highway / 26 MPG combined

BMW 2 Series
23 MPG city / 35 MPG highway / 27 MPG combined

Pricing

Lexus RC200t
Base: starting at $39,995 MSRP
Sport Model – RC 300 F Sport: starting at $46,310 MSRP

BMW 2 Series
Base: starting at $32,850 MSRP
Sport Model – M240i xDrive Coupe: starting at $46,150 MSRP