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

2011 Nissan Quest

02/03/11
78
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 Nissan Quest
Minivan

The 2011 Quest’s styling was off-putting. The front appears tapered, stylish. But the upright, overly festooned rear seemed a mismatch. Overall, better than its predecessor, but perhaps not the bull’s-eye Nissan wants.

2010 Honda Insight

01/16/09
77
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2010 Honda Insight
Hatchback

If Honda prices it low enough, Insight finally could make full-fledged hybrid technology available to car buyers with tighter budgets.

2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas

11/10/11
77
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas
Sedan

While reducing emissions and using a cheaper U.S.-produced fuel are worthy goals, the extra upfront costs and compromises seem a formidable barrier to widespread acceptance of the Civic CNG.

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander

03/10/11
77
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander
SUV/Truck

Nice to see Mitsubishi still producing vehicles that are a ball, but you’d have to be blind to a lot of annoyances, faults and flaws — and be smitten by driving dynamics — to settle on the Outlander GT as your first choice.

2010 Audi A3 TDI

02/18/10
77
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2010 Audi A3 TDI
Hatchback

If you can find an A3 with no noises, don’t need the latest-greatest interior and perhaps actually like the MMI control system, you are dead meat. You will find it pretty close to impossible to leave the Audi store without buying one.

2011 Chrysler 200

07/14/11
77
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 Chrysler 200
Convertible

Maybe all you need to know about the 200 drop-top is that it’s derived from the Sebring, and the overhaul had to be done quickly and on a tight budget.

2011 Infiniti QX

07/09/10
75
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 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.

2011 Kia Sportage

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/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.

2010 Jeep Patriot

01/21/10
70
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 Jeep Patriot
SUV/Truck

As a foul-weather appliance, the Jeep Patriot served quite well. As a solid entry in the very competitive small SUV segment, it seems subpar, even after the three years of changes.

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