When a luxury brand creates a pseudo-sporty trim package – whether its name starts with the letter M, S, or F – and makes it available to almost every model it builds, there are bound to be a few awkward cousins born along the way. Such is the case with the 2013 Lexus CT 200h F Sport, a respectable compact hatchback that just so happens to be an efficiency-focused hybrid – and ergo, not the best candidate to receive a set of tweaks intended to bring out its sporty character.
There’s something funny about the Lexus CT 200h F Sport, however: it actually almost works. You see, lurking underneath the sleek lines of what is the least expensive Lexus money can buy is a legitimate hot hatch waiting to burst out. At least, I think there is, because the car’s anemic powertrain only revealed so much during my time with the car. I think what I am trying to say is that the CT 200h F Sport is a good idea, but one that’s ahead of its time, and will continue to be until the compact gets the power boost it truly deserves.