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2011 Lexus CT Hybrid

The 2011 Lexus CT Hybrid is also called 2011 Lexus CT 200h because it has got only one trim that is 200h, well there is another option too called 200h Premium and the letters CT stands for comfort touring. It is a small beautiful car with lots of high-tech features. As the name suggest, it is highly fuel efficient car but with a switch of a button you can change your setting to less economical sports mode.

The Lexus CT Hybrid uses 1.8-litre four-cylinder gasoline engine providing 134 horsepower and it can reach zero to sixty in 10.4 seconds while a electric motor teamed with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT). The nickel-metal-hydride battery pack below the rear seat stores charge accumulated from vehicle braking and uses its energy to drive the electric motor. The Lexus CT 200h consumes 4.1 litres/100km of premium unleaded fuel on the combined cycle and emits 95g/km CO2.

This small car is loaded with features, some of the motable features are automatic climate control, maintenance interval indicator, AM/FM/Satellite radio/CD/MP3/WMA sound system with 6 speakers, voice activated controls for bluetooth wireless enabled devices and tilt and telescopic steering column. Safety features include anti-theft alarm, front dual knee airbags, front and rear crumple zones, front and rear side head curtain airbags, drive and passenger dual stage airbag, crash sensor sending GPS signal, safety connect telematics with automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, emergency assistance button (SOS) and roadside assistance connectivity.

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The 2011 Lexus CT Hybrid features MacPherson struts suspension in front and a fully independent, double-wishbone suspension in back which reduce body vibrations and provides pretty comfortable ride.

Front seat can be adjusted multi-ways to make room for tall drivers, there’s enough room in the rear seat for passengers bellow six feet. Loading capacity is 14.3 cubic feet, which is competitive in its calss. C-pillar and rear-seat headrests restricts rear visibility.

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2011 Lexus ES 350

The Lexus ES 350 is the latest version of the company’s long-running ES series.

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2011 lexus es 350

The Lexus ES is one of the best selling sedan from lexus stable in America. The front-wheel-drive ES always has been a luxury version of the popular Toyota Camry. The wheelbase of the new ES has been increased 2.2 inches to 109.3 inches for a smoother ride and roomier interior.

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The standard wheel size is up to 17 inches from 16 inches.

The Lexus ES 350 is powered by a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is rated for 272 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission sends it all to the front wheels. Reaches 60mph in about 7 seconds. Estimated economy is 21 mpg in the city and 30 on highways. The new transmission also is more responsive, although its shift gate is notchy, especially during quick gear selections. The transmission has a manual shift feature.

Standard equipments in Lexus ES 350 includes a moonroof, a telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless start, power front seats, an in-dash CD changer and wood trim. Other options includes Mark Levinson surround-sound stereo, a navigation system, adaptive HID headlights, adaptive cruise control, heated/cooled seats and a panoramic sunroof that provides an additional fixed skylight over the backseat.

Standard Lexus ES 350 safety features are stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, antilock brakes, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags.

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Optional features include a radar-based pre-collision system and the Lexus Enform and Safety Connect emergency telematics system.

The ES 350 has good room in the extremely quiet interior for four tall adults, with an especially roomy rear-seat area. Major dashboard controls are easy to use, as are the front cupholders. A large, covered console bin, and front doors have storage pockets. Starting the car now is done with a keyless fob and a dashboard pushbutton, which also turns off the engine. Steering is precise, and the soft ride is smooth, without being sloppy. Braking power is good, although the pedal has a rather soft action.

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2011 Lexus IS

Lexus is known for quiet, powerful, refined cars, so one can be blamed for being a bit skeptical when it

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brings out a car to tromp BMW’s iconic 3-series sedan. Lexus attempted to do just that with its brash, first-generation IS compact sedan, which arrived in America as a 2001 model called the IS 300. By then, that car had

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been sold for a few years in Japan with a smaller engine as a Toyota. (Lexus is Toyota’s upscale division.)

What was Lexus thinking? There was no way it could seriously challenge the 3-Series with such a car.

However, the trim IS 300 has been the most fun-to-drive Lexus and has gained it experience in the entry luxury sports sedan market. More importantly for Lexus, it’s captured a young audience because the median buyer age of an IS 300 is only 29.

Higher Sales Expected

Lexus hopes the newly revamped compact IS, which is more refined and more liberally equipped than its predecessor, will retain the younger crowd and grab older buyers to boost annual IS sales in

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America to 40,000 cars.

The IS 300 attracted only 9,972 buyers in this country in 2004. The 3-Series—also sold as coupe and convertible versions—found 106,549 buyers in 2004, making it BMW’s top-selling auto series in this country.

Larger and More Stylish

The more stylish, high-waisted 2006 IS resembles the BMW 3-Series sedan, which was revamped for 2006. The new Lexus is as solid and smooth as that BMW and is a big improvement over the IS 300.

The new IS looks sleeker and more muscular than its predecessor and is partly derived from the redesigned new Lexus midsize GS sedan. The IS wheelbase is up 2.4 inches to a fairly long 107.5 inches, and the car is 3.5 inches longer overall, 3 inches wider and nearly an inch higher.

The new rear-wheel-drive IS is less edgy than the rear-wheel-drive IS 300 but is far more of a 3-Series sedan rival. Car and Driver magazine’s October 2005 issue compared eight respected entry-level sports sedans, including the top-line IS 350 and BMW 3-Series, and said the IS finished a close second to the winning 3-Series.

One criticism of the IS 300 was its cramped rear-seat area. One might think that the larger dimensions of the new IS would give it more rear-seat space. But no dice—it’s still too tight back there, especially for long-legged adults, and narrow door openings impede entry and exit.

However, there’s good room up front in the quiet, upscale, nicely designed interior, which has good materials, supportive bucket seats and easily read Optitron gauges with needles that appear to float.

The trunk is roomy, but the car’s racy styling causes its opening to be rather small.

Hot Rod Version

The IS 350 is the hot rod, with an engine that outpowers all others in its class. It does 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. The IS 250 is no slouch, though, despite having less power and torque. It reaches 60 mph in 7.9 seconds with rear-wheel drive and in 8.3 seconds in heavier all-wheel-drive form.

The IS 350′s engine will make this version hard to pass up, but Lexus says most buyers of the new IS will choose the IS 250, if only because of its lower price. Lexus also says a good percentage of buyers in northern states will order the all-wheel-drive version.

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Nice Roadability

The electric power steering was quick but heavy in an all-wheel-drive IS 250 I tested. New front and rear suspension components and powerful new anti-lock brakes provide sharp handling and sure stops—although the brake pedal action is a bit grabby. The supple suspension shrugs off most road imperfections, but is firm enough to occasionally cause a jerky ride on freeways.

The IS 250 versions have traction control and a Vehicle Stability Control system. The IS 350 gets a more sophisticated Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system. Both help keep the car on the road under trying conditions.

An optional performance package with 18-inch (vs. standard 17-inch) wheels and lowered sport suspension isn’t really needed unless one is a genuine car buff.

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Well Equipped

All IS trim levels have a long list of standard comfort and convenience features, including a 13-speaker audio system. Safety items include a wide array of airbags.

Options include a sunroof, heated-ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, wood interior trim, easily operated navigation system with a rear TV camera, more upscale audio system, steering-linked headlights and a collision avoidance system with radar cruise control.

Lexus has proved that it knows a thing or two about building highly competitive cars. If I were BMW, the IS would make me a little nervous.

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