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 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

09/01/12
90
100

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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.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

08/11/12
86
100

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

2013 Ford Escape

08/04/12
85
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Ford Escape
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.

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.

2013 Scion FR-S

07/14/12
88
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Scion FR-S
Coupe

The Scion FR-S is a gorgeous, joy-generating, modest-price, small sports coupe that turns out to be slightly more appealing than its near-clone, the Subaru BRZ.

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.

2013 Cadillac XTS

06/02/12
88
100

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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 Nissan Altima

05/26/12
82
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Nissan Altima
Sedan

There’s enough good about the car that we’d love to give the new Altima a fist-bump and unreserved applause. But until that steering gets retuned, and the cloth seats and their lumbar setup are upgraded, no can do.

2013 Dodge Dart

04/28/12
87
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Dodge Dart
Sedan

It has the distinct advantages of being roomier and more powerful than rivals. In fact, among open-minded shoppers, we’d bet that it’ll be hard to justify a Corolla or Civic or Elantra after driving a Dart.

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.

2013 Subaru BRZ

03/31/12
89
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Subaru BRZ
Coupe

Subaru’s 2013 BRZ sports coupe is such a ball that you seldom notice the few aggravations. The price is remarkably reasonable for the look, feel and joy that you get.

2013 Lexus GS

03/24/12
83
100

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James R. Healey James R. Healey 7.1 out of 10 2013 Lexus GS
Sedan

Brakes feel responsive enough. Steering is firm.Styling, ugly in photos, is better in real life. All-in, the GS 350 is a strong start toward an admirable goal. Where you get cheated is space.

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