Why Drive a Hybrid?
The Lexus CT200h was recently named best small premium car for the 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS). This is impressive, especially since the CT200h was up against all “small premium cars” and not just hybrids. The versatile hybrid ranked highest for all small premium cars as having the fewest number of problems experienced by vehicle owners within the first 90 days of ownership. Since Hybrid Technology is still considered relatively “new”, we wanted to explore all the reasons to drive a hybrid, especially since this 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study shows that a hybrid can compete and dominate the premium car market that is primarily made up of gasoline or diesel cars.
In the race for greater fuel efficiency, European Luxury brands have favored the use of diesel fuel whereas Lexus and Toyota has found hybrid technology to be the best in reducing emissions while offering cost, smoothness and driving experience benefits. There are pros and cons to both systems, but we have compiled a list of reasons why you should drive a hybrid- or at least consider one...the CT200h… when shopping for your next premium small car.
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- Lexus hybrid owners benefit from Lexus and Toyota’s worldwide leadership and experience in hybrid development. Gasoline/electric hybrids are another approach to enhance fuel economy ratings. Lexus and Toyota are the leaders in hybrid technology, with more than five million sales worldwide. No other car manufacturer has more experience, or more miles on the road, than Lexus and Toyota.
- A hybrid driver can refuel just about anywhere. Hybrids have no special fueling requirements, so any gas station that can fuel a conventional vehicle can also fuel a hybrid. And because the batteries are charged on board, a Lexus hybrid owner doesn’t have to plug the vehicle into an electrical outlet to recharge.
- A hybrid’s electric motors add a significant amount of torque at low speeds. When it comes to torque, electric motors and gas engine complement each other nicely. The electric motors create high torque at low speeds, while the gas engine generates high torque at higher speeds, creating a seamless blend.
- Hybrid NVH characteristics are bout the same or better than a comparable gasoline-only vehicle. The root of the hybrid system is the gasoline engine, which mean gas-engine smoothness and quietness are part of the package. As a bonus, the electric motor makes for near silent running when in electric mode only (like when stopped in traffic).
- Lexus hybrids are designed for greater fuel efficiency benefits than comparable gas-only models, especially in city driving. Overall the hybrid system could enhance the overall fuel efficiency by a significant amount- especially in city driving were diesel engines and gas-only powertrains are not as efficient.
- The hybrid driving experience is very similar to that of a gasoline-only vehicle. Driving a hybrid is very much like driving a gas-only vehicle which is an added benefit for drivers that want the most efficient vehicle without having to think about the process of driving efficiently- let the car do the work for you.
- Every new Lexus hybrid includes an exceptional warranty package, but Lexus Hybrid Drive vehicles include added coverage for hybrid components. The Lexus Hybrid System Warranty coverage is for 8 years or 100K miles, whichever occurs first, and covers the following components: Hybrid control module, hybrid battery control module, hybrid battery and inverter with converter. Extra peace of mind!
All in all, if you are looking for a more refined ride, the hybrid is the best choice. While Diesel has it’s own advantages, it does not compare to the hybrid in terms of refinement. Diesel fuel contains sulfur compounds, giving a “rotten egg smell” quality to the exhaust. This smell of sulfur has reduced compared to the smell from 10 or 20 years ago, but some people may still find it unpleasant. Hybrids have no odor. Diesel engines also have a distinctive sound that results from shock waves in the cylinders during combustion. The sound inside the cabin can be reduced through technology and sound insulation, but a diesel is inherently not as refined as a hybrid powertrain- and it’s especially apparent to anyone outside of the vehicle.
The Lexus CT200h is not only the most fuel efficient, problem- free premium car on the road today, as reported by J.D. Power, but the Lexus CT200h is driving change with an innovative crop of sustainable materials. The CT200h proves that luxury and the environment and are no longer mutually exclusive in the auto industry.
The Lexus CT uses many plant-based plastics that contain 30% sustainable materials, including significant use of sugarcane- how sweet! The CT also features the industry’s first speakers constructed with sustainable bamboo charcoal resin- harnessing the beauty of one of the fasted growing plants on Earth. The innovative CT200h was also the first Lexus to introduce NuLuxe trimmed interiors. Weighing half as much as traditional leather, NuLuxe generates 65% fewer CO2 emissions during the manufacturing process than other leather substitutions- and produces zero volatile organic compounds during the production process. The lightness of the NuLuxe interior also contributes to a more efficient vehicle.
So, why drive a hybrid? Today’s question is, why not?
Learn more about the Lexus Hybrid model line up here or stop by our Lexus showroom in San Antonio, Texas located just a few minutes up IH 10 West from the Shops at La Cantera and the Rim.