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

2013 Acura RDX

07/07/12
84
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Acura RDX
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 Acura TSX

01/27/11
84
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 Acura TSX
Sedan

The TSX eschews the complicated-is-good theme of electronic gadgetry, and the over-accessorized engines and gazillion-speed transmissions that reign today. We applaud that, and credit it for much of what made the TSX sport wagon test car a delight every mile.

2010 Acura ZDX

09/25/09
83
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2010 Acura ZDX
SUV/Truck

The 2010 ZDX is entertaining and exciting if judged (as Acura intends) as an all-weather, all-road sports sedan rather than as a family-oriented SUV.

2010 Audi A3 TDI

02/18/10
77
100

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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 BMW 5 Series

08/26/10
84
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 BMW 5 Series
Sedan

The 535i turbocharged six-cylinder with six-speed manual transmission, drove very well — expected from a BMW, but an attribute that shouldn’t be overlooked. The options list on the tester ran to $15,700 (enough to buy a Mazda2 subcompact).

2011 BMW X3

09/22/11
83
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2011 BMW X3
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

12/01/11
87
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 Buick Verano
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

07/28/12
92
100

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

01/19/12
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 Cadillac SRX
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

06/02/12
88
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 Cadillac XTS
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.

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