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

2011 Chevrolet Volt Hatchback

11/04/10
85
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Chevrolet Volt Hatchback
Hatchback

Frugality and fancy new technology don’t necessarily make a good car. I’ll be honest: My expectations were low. After 200 miles of all kinds of driving, I wanted to hug an engineer. The Volt not only drives like a real, grown-up car, it’s actually lively and fun.

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SUV

10/13/11
85
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SUV
SUV/Truck

The new Range Rover Evoque is a dazzlingly designed Trojan horse, aimed squarely at owners of the X3, RX and Audi Q5, an anti-box that looks like a crossover, while retaining a dash of Land Rover’s legendary off- road capability.

2011 Mazda 2

12/01/10
84
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Mazda 2
Hatchback

While the 3 hatchback is a personal favorite, the Mazda 2 is not simply a clone that’s undergone a magical shrinking ray. It’s got its own character. I envy the lucky teenagers who are invariably going to end up with this car.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

10/14/10
84
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Coupe

The Corvette is a great car by any matrix. But could I be a Corvette guy? By the time I got out of the special edition Z06 Carbon, I’d come to a decision. It was so full of attitude, you simply couldn’t miss it. When I stepped out, I wasn’t at all embarrassed.

2010 Lincoln MKT CUV

09/03/09
84
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2010 Lincoln MKT CUV
Wagon/CUV

Equipped with the 355 HP EcoBoost V-6, the Lincoln MKT is for the mom who peels out of PTA-meeting parking lots and loves to hate minivans.

2011 Hyundai Equus Sedan

01/13/11
84
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Hyundai Equus Sedan
Sedan

Hyundai is using the same model Lexus employed to muscle into the luxury market decades ago. Buy the Hyundai Equus and you may not impress all your high-flying friends — just the ones who appreciate the bottom line.

2011 Kia Optima Sedan

08/11/11
84
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Kia Optima Sedan
Sedan

The 2011 Optima’s redesign is so thorough and absolute that it would put a contestant in a makeover reality TV show to shame. It’s a sharp and stylish offering.

2011 Ford Explorer SUV

03/17/11
84
100

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

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

What a difference a year makes. Just take a look at a 2010 Ford Explorer parked next to a totally redesigned 2011 model. Only a year separates the two but in terms of appearance and workmanship they might as well have been made in different decades. Hot and not.

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon

05/05/11
84
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon
Wagon/CUV

The Countryman’s added height and weight conspire to work against the go-kart handling that the brand is famous for. It’s still maneuverable, just less so. But for many customers, the extra space inside is worth the car’s growing pains.

2012 Infiniti QX

01/05/12
84
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2012 Infiniti QX
SUV/Truck

The QX takes up a hunk of roadside real estate. Yet it drives extremely well, is exceptionally quiet and is generally an agreeable place to while away time when you’re stuck in traffic

2012 Jeep Wrangler SUV

12/01/11
84
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2012 Jeep Wrangler SUV
SUV/Truck

No, the new Wrangler isn’t perfect. You may have to wait for the next generation for more power, more gears and better gas mileage. But the most glaring foibles have been worked out and its pure design remains undiluted.

2011 BMW X3 SUV

01/27/11
83
100

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

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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