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Yes, so a bit of difference of opinion. I would err on the side of caution, as Harv says, it would be a right cock-up if I buggered up the handbrake on the way to the test !!!

I have a Lexus 300h and I hardly ever use the handbrake, although it is a footbrake like Mercedes, except for sometimes if I am waiting at long roadworks or slow traffic lights. The car doesn't object like the P38 when you pull it out of "P" on an incline so I just leave it in "P" whenever the car is left.

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Uhm ... it does not 'object' in the same manner probably because the gearbox is linked by wire and not cables, like in my woman's CT200h. It nevertheless produces an audible 'tic' when it gets in and out of P, and under load the 'tic' is louder.
I use it with the same caution as with a traditional auto gearbox ... you never know, and this one must be more expensive to fix - and no Ashcroft around! 🤣

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The 300h box has a mechanical/cable linkage from the shifter to the box, whos entire purpose pretty much is engaging the parking pawl in "P".

The gearbox otherwise is entirely electronically controlled, infact its not really a gearbox at all, its a pair of electric motors.

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Aragorn, yes, the gearbox is a CVT gearbox, rather than the traditional type gearbox.

Leolito, I would think that my 300h probably has the same CVT transmission as your CT200. I have only driven a CT once, and that was 4 years ago. My sister asked me to have a look at it as she was interested in buying one. In the end she stayed with her older IS200, which has a cracking six cylinder engine, and she still has it.

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I think calling it CVT is actually a bit of a disservice, as that name has been applied to a range of pretty crap mechanical gearboxes, originally developed by DAF and used by Volvo and Audi amongst others, which are nothing like the Toyota box.

The Toyota/Lexus hybrid transmission is really very clever in comparison, with the CVT ratio being created by a planetary gearset and electric motor working together.

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I quite like the Lexus auto-box, to be honest. Being a really old donkey sort of a person the quiet, seamless changes make the car very nice to drive. I often use the gear stick to down-shift the gears when driving in traffic and it slows the car very effectively. Being a bit lazy I often drive with one hand beside the gear stick so it is very easy to just move it through the gears when a gentle slow-down is required.

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