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

2013 Acura RDX SUV

07/07/12
84
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Acura RDX SUV
SUV/Truck

The 2013 RDX is bigger, softer-feeling, smoother-driving. All worthy. But it’s also a bit dumbed-down from Acura’s historic high-tech/high-class approach. On the other hand, it works fine and probably will suit most people most of the time.

2011 BMW X3 SUV

09/22/11
83
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 BMW X3 SUV
SUV/Truck

Mainstream-mobiles don’t offer the excitement and satisfaction that the X3 delivers. Whether it’s worth a big price premium is up to you.

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

10/13/11
81
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist
Sedan

Overall, the LaCrosse is quite an appealing machine, but the eAssist, in real-world use, doesn’t seem like the magic bullet.

2012 Buick Verano Sedan

12/01/11
87
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Buick Verano Sedan
Sedan

The 2012 Buick Verano drives great. Looks cool. Makes you feel like somebody special behind the wheel. Perfect? Nothing is. Among premium small cars, though, Verano is close enough.

2013 Cadillac ATS Sedan

07/28/12
92
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Cadillac ATS Sedan
Sedan

The Cadillac ATS is roundly satisfying to drive. It provides crisp handling, quick acceleration, snappy braking, responsive steering, entertaining technology and an alluring base price of $33,990. Bull’s-eye.

2012 Cadillac SRX SUV

01/19/12
83
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Cadillac SRX SUV
SUV/Truck

Cadillac put a much-needed new engine under the hood of its SRX midsize crossover SUV, and boy, what an improvement. Smaller, but nice improvements are additional features, but the transmission still didn’t shift as quickly or smoothly as it should.

2013 Cadillac XTS Sedan

06/02/12
88
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Cadillac XTS Sedan
Sedan

The XTS is visually pleasant, inside and out. It is comfortable, quick, easy on fuel and technologically gee-whizzed to the gills. The main threat to success, though, seems to be that XTS might fail to fit the brand’s intended image as a perfect blend of sportiness and luxury.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

09/01/12
90
100

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

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Convertible

The 2013 Camaro ZL1 convertible is a magic carpet for wealthy folks who have thick-enough skins to shed eco-villain barbs from neighbors. Except for some really cheap-looking plastic interior trim. Chevy’s gotta do something about that.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

05/26/11
84
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan
Sedan

The Eco version of the Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan is the fuel-mileage special, with space, style, satisfaction and strong mpg for a modest price. Watch out, hybrids.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

11/04/10
81
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan
Sedan

The Chevy Cruze test car had its issues, but there’s plenty to like. It’s styling is sweeping enough to avoid dorkiness, normal enough to avoid exhibitionism. Stewed together, Cruze’s attributes support Chevy’s ad claim it can match or best the likes of Civic.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan

08/11/12
86
100

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

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan
Sedan

It’s hardly a stretch to call the 2013 Malibu the best modern Chevy. Styling is crisp and restrained. Interior is roomy and quiet, outfitted with classy trim. Engine’s strong.

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