Toyota announced that the 2011 Lexus CT200h—brand’s second dedicated hybrid model—has a projected EPA combined city/highway fuel economy rating of 42 mpg.
This news immediately invited comparisons with the 2011 Toyota Prius, which has a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 50 mpg, according to the EPA.
The 42 mpg figure is the second-highest mileage of any hybrid on the market. The CT 200h also packs about 400 more pounds than the Honda Insight, which gets 41 mpg combined.
The CT 200h—the first Lexus vehicle in the premium-compact segment—was displayed at the Geneva International Motor Show in March earlier this year and at the New York International Auto Show in April.
The Japanese launch of the CT 200h is scheduled for early 2011.