Jason H. Harper

Owners of the new
cars reviewed by this
critic give him/her
an overall credibility
rating of:

8.3 out of 10
Critic's Review History

In their published
reviews, this critic awards
an average score of:

87

The highest score
awarded by this critic is:

95

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

78

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Sedan

06/04/09
78
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Sedan
Sedan

I feel a bit giddy driving the Fusion Hybrid. Green can be fun. I wonder how long it takes for this feeling to fade. I’m guessing the first time you’re late for work.

2011 Honda CR-Z Hatchback

07/01/10
80
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Honda CR-Z Hatchback
Hatchback

The Honda CR-Z shows the direction that many car companies will travel in an effort to make fun and fast compatible with green and economical.

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS

06/23/11
80
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Convertible

I had a decent time, especially on the highway with a flood of sunshine pooling into the cabin. I’m not sure it was $36,000 worth of fun — the price as tested — but it clarified my opinion. The Camaro with a V-6, top down, in a state where the sun shines.

2013 Cadillac XTS Sedan

09/27/12
82
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2013 Cadillac XTS Sedan
Sedan

The release of the XTS is flummoxing. Cadillac has spent years trying to escape its old-fogey-with-a-cigar image. Driving character is lackluster and it isn’t even interesting to look at.

2010 Lexus RX Hybrid SUV

02/11/10
82
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2010 Lexus RX Hybrid SUV
SUV/Truck

The RX 450h rides smoothly and is very quiet, but is not a heck of a lot of fun to drive. But the hybrid system is so seamless that I barely noticed. The company has so clearly won the hybrid wars that it was basically a Velvet Revolution.

2011 Lexus CT Hybrid Hatchback

10/27/11
82
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Lexus CT Hybrid Hatchback
Hatchback

The Lexus CT 200h falls well short of prestige, yet drives way better than a Prius. Yet I’ve seen Lego sets with less plastic inside, and I was underwhelmed by the busy exterior.

2011 Nissan Leaf Hatchback

04/21/11
82
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Nissan Leaf Hatchback
Hatchback

The arrival of a mass-produced electric vehicle (EV), sans gas tank or tail pipes, should feel momentous. You’re not spewing bad stuff into the sky. However, the act of driving the Leaf oddly belies this buzz, feeling like a run-of-the-mill hybrid.

2011 Ford Fiesta Hatchback

08/05/10
83
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Ford Fiesta Hatchback
Hatchback

The Ford Fiesta’s a cheapie with adult swagger. It’s a car that I found myself living with easily. I didn’t mind the small size, I generally liked driving it and, most surprising, I didn’t mind being seen in it.

2012 Fiat 500 Hatchback

02/10/11
83
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2012 Fiat 500 Hatchback
Hatchback

Fiat’s 500 will compete against cars like the Honda Fit, which it outclasses in style and ride, and the pricier Mini, arguably still slightly cooler and better handling. The 500 will stand out for its quirkiness and Euro flair, a mostly modern take on a classic.

2012 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback

11/10/11
83
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2012 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback
Hatchback

Your daughter or son may already have an eye on the Hyundai Veloster. It’s a mess, but a happy one, not unlike a college dorm room. It rides far better than the economy cars of yore, but nobody will mistake it for an Audi.

2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

10/07/10
83
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
SUV/Truck

The Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid has the kick of a V-8 with the relative economy of a V-6. Gas savings? Well, sure. At 21 mpg, city driving is where the savings show up most noticeably. It seems a lot of fuss for modest gains, but the first step is always the hardest.

2011 BMW X3 SUV

01/27/11
83
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 BMW X3 SUV
SUV/Truck

A vehicle like this will always have a few compromises, and the BMW X3’s are suddenly scant. Those who would naturally gravitate to a 3 Series might now consider its bulkier brother.

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