James R. Healey

Owners of the new
cars reviewed by this
critic give him/her
an overall credibility
rating of:

7.1 out of 10
Critic's Review History

In their published
reviews, this critic awards
an average score of:

83

The highest score
awarded by this critic is:

92

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

70

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

02/02/12
83
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
SUV/Truck

Tiguan is kinda cute. It’s a squirty little quickster, has a crisp and sporty feel in the twisties, is comfy, classy inside and fits urban-scale parking and maneuvering. But the relatively high price will be a deal-breaker for some.

2011 Volkswagen Routan

03/18/11
82
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 Volkswagen Routan
Minivan

If the VW peculiarities don’t bother you, then the good ride-handling blend, the minor styling differences and especially the second-row seating are reasons to favor the Routan over the Chrysler and Dodge models.

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI

04/14/12
85
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI
Sedan

The 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI is a honey of a cruiser, despite flaws. And it has a spacious interior. And, while not cheap, it is pretty reasonable. And it has elegant styling that probably will wear well on the eye.

2012 Volkswagen Passat

07/09/11
83
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Passat
Sedan

While the Passat isn’t exactly exciting, it’s comfortably roomy and well beyond competent on the road, with a starting price that is among the lowest in the segment.

2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

08/04/11
85
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Sedan

On balance, Test Drive is happy to forgive the interior faults because the Jetta TDI is roomy and comfy, and the engine’s personality quickly makes the car such a pal.

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

07/29/10
84
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Sedan

Judging the overall package based on the test cars, we’d have to say that the 2011 Jetta will be VW’s best car. If it’s reliable, it could slam into the compact sedan market like an angry rhino.

2012 Volkswagen Golf R

05/12/12
86
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
Hatchback

The 2012 Volkswagen R is an extraordinary small car. It’s a superb driving machine, almost unbelievably satisfying in most circumstances. And it’s remarkably expensive.

2010 Volkswagen Golf

10/16/09
85
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2010 Volkswagen Golf
Hatchback

Numbers and hard data are helpful in judging a car, but the real chemistry happens – or fails to – when you settle into the driver’s seat. That’s when Golf’s satisfying road feel makes it shine, especially so in the TDI.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

09/15/11
83
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
Hatchback

The 2012 Beetle is a redesign that’s bigger, still rounded but sleeker, more powerful and sits on a wider stance. It’s satisfying, but not as overtly manly as VW probably hopes.

2012 Toyota Yaris

02/25/12
81
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Toyota Yaris
Hatchback

Short take on Yaris: Cheap-o, but roomier and more fun to drive than expected. The angular lines on such a stubby car won’t please all eyes.

2012 Toyota Prius C

06/09/12
86
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Toyota Prius C
Hatchback

You have to consider Prius c a success: frisky, inviting, easy to park, classier than expected, comfortable (at least in front) and faithful to its mpg promise.

2010 Toyota Prius

04/03/09
91
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2010 Toyota Prius
Hatchback

Toyota has moved the 2010 Prius toward the mainstream, to broaden its appeal. It’s bigger, fancier, more powerful, and more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

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