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:

73

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI

04/14/12
85
100

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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.

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan

12/09/10
85
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Sedan
Sedan

When a car’s as close to the family sedan sweet spot as Hyundai’s 2011 Sonata is, you have to be careful about jazzing it up. If you live where the road surfaces are bad, you’ll wish you bought a softer-riding machine. Otherwise, prepare for automotive delight.

2011 Chrysler 300

06/16/11
85
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 Chrysler 300
Sedan

The Chrysler 300 is an evocative and exciting alternative to Detroit rivals Lincoln and Buick and maybe Cadillac. That’s a compliment. Detroit DNA and chemistry are lures, not drawbacks.

2010 Hyundai Tucson SUV

12/17/09
85
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2010 Hyundai Tucson SUV
SUV/Truck

Hyundai needed a small crossover-utility vehicle to get U.S. buyers to pay attention in a market segment dominated by Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. The new Tucson could be the new champ among small SUVs.

2013 Mazda CX-5 SUV

11/24/11
85
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Mazda CX-5 SUV
SUV/Truck

The CX-5, a technical stunner, isn’t likely to be a home run among small SUVs. Short take: Handles great; needs more power. But there are many aspects that make CX-5 worth considering.

2010 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

10/16/09
85
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2010 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback
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.

2013 Ford Escape SUV

08/04/12
85
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Ford Escape SUV
SUV/Truck

Ford Motor remade its Escape compact SUV so thoroughly that only the name and one engine carry over into the 2013. It’s a sexy-looking, comfy package that could use a little more drivetrain refinement.

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SUV

01/12/12
85
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SUV
SUV/Truck

In addition to the sweet outside appearance, Evoque has such a classy, comfy interior that the vehicle almost could have square wheels and a steam engine, and you wouldn’t care. And the four-cylinder has enough beans to move the grin meter.

2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

08/04/11
85
100

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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.

2012 Mazda 3

12/22/11
85
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Mazda 3
Hatchback

Overall, the Mazda3 was fun, generally satisfying, and reasonably comfy and roomy, and a nice reminder that attention to the proper details can make mainstream cars drive as nicely as premium sports sedans.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

11/03/11
84
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
Hatchback

Sonic is a good car: useful, easy to drive, a good value. It’s just not the high-class, scintillating little scooter we were expecting. For many buyers, though, it could hit the sweet spot.

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

07/29/10
84
100

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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.

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