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

2011 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

12/09/10
85
100

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

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.

2012 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback

10/27/11
84
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback
Hatchback

The most exciting car yet from South Korean automaker Hyundai is the 2012 Veloster. Plenty of standard features mean you’re getting not only an unusual car but also a nicely appointed one, with unexpected highway composure.

2013 Infiniti JX

04/21/12
84
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Infiniti JX
SUV/Truck

Infiniti’s 2013 JX 35 is a big crossover SUV that breaks the brand’s self-imposed rules and gets by with the transgressions. It’s not cheap, but buyers would do well to knock on JX 35’s door and ask to come in.

2011 Infiniti M

08/12/10
83
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 Infiniti M
Sedan

The lower-price Infiniti M37 is such a well-done, satisfying machine (based on our time in a preproduction rear-drive model) that the much higher-price, well-optioned M56 seemed overdone, gratuitous, crass.

2012 Infiniti M Hybrid

07/28/11
81
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 Infiniti M Hybrid
Sedan

The M35h’s fuel-economy benefit doesn’t seem worth the price premium, the odd-feeling regenerative brakes and the palpable shudders when the gas engine restarted to add power whenever the electric motor summoned the cavalry.

2011 Infiniti QX

07/09/10
75
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 Infiniti QX
SUV/Truck

If you need the size, can afford $60,000 or so and a big premium-fuel appetite (midteens with prayer), can live with the quirky steering and (possibly) numb brakes and like a distinctive, often satisfying machine, you might be a match for the new QX56.

2012 Jeep Wrangler SUV

12/08/11
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 Jeep Wrangler SUV
SUV/Truck

The 2012 Wrangler’s new drivetrain and the suspension changes that accompany it make it a Jeep to savor. Not only can you still do hardcore Jeep things — slam around off-road, take off the doors and the top, fold down the windshield — but now you also can take it home to meet the family.

2012 Kia Rio Sedan

03/03/12
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 Kia Rio Sedan
Sedan

Distinction is often what sells a car, but the 2012 Kia Rio sedan is endearing among small cars because it lacks distinction — the negative kind that hobbles most subcompacts. Rio’s main virtue is absence of vice; it lacks those unpleasant signals of cheapness.

2011 Kia Sorento SUV

04/08/10
81
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 Kia Sorento SUV
SUV/Truck

The 2011 Kia Sorento has grown into a credible contender. There were no oversights or flaws in the testers, and they had a classy look and feel. Whether you’d pick it depends mostly on whether you prefer Kia’s theme of stiffness and its starting-price edge.

2012 Kia Soul Wagon

01/05/12
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 2012 Kia Soul Wagon
Wagon/CUV

The Kia Soul gets drivetrain updates for 2012 and a few filigrees that make it more desirable without compromising its funky appeal or the plain, old usefulness of a car shaped like a box.

2011 Kia Sportage SUV

08/05/10
73
100

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

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 Kia Sportage SUV
SUV/Truck

For its good looks, thoughtful packaging, above-average drivetrain, we’d love to give Sportage a hearty recommendation. For its nearly intolerable ride, seats and steering, we’ll do no such thing.

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