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:

96

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

78

2011 Cadillac CTS-V

05/19/11
88
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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Cadillac CTS-V
Wagon

Take the old-school family station wagon, evil it up with a man-eating grill and wicked knifelike taillights, and then stick a supercharged Corvette engine inside. The result is the CTS-V wagon, a family vehicle with a heavy-metal attitude.

2013 Lexus GS

04/19/12
88
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2013 Lexus GS
Sedan

This four-door’s main goal is to carry passengers in comfort, with a dose of hop-to-it-ivness when desired. Lexus engineers knew they had to inject some shock-and-awe into the fourth generation of the midsize GS sedan.

2011 BMW 5 Series

05/20/10
88
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 BMW 5 Series
Sedan

Taking out the new BMW 5 between the 3 and 7 Series sedans was especially instructive. The 535i is heavier in the corners than the 335i, certainly, but shows a surprising willingness to turn on a dime. And it eats up straightaways with the gusto of a 750i.

2010 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG Black Series

05/26/09
87
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG Black Series
Coupe

Rock stars, arms dealers and other unrepentant bad boys of the world take notice: The Mercedes-Benz SL65 Black Series is a machine for you.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V

09/09/10
87
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 Cadillac CTS-V
Coupe

The CTS-V strikes a sweet spot between American muscle and European-bred handling. It looks classier than a ‘Stang or ‘Vette, yet you can smoke the back tires in first gear.

2010 Volkswagen GTI

01/28/10
86
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2010 Volkswagen GTI
Hatchback

This is uncomplicated motoring fun. The fact is that you can’t use all the horsepower in a Corvette or Viper on tight roads anyhow. While I would have been cursing the GTI on the autobahn, on rising and winding lanes its 200 horsepower is plenty.

2011 Chrysler 300

09/15/11
86
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 Chrysler 300
Sedan

A little less gas hoovering, a lot of space and a love of the open road. The Chrysler 300 is a highway hauler for today.

2011 Audi A8

11/11/10
86
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 Audi A8
Sedan

While the XJ and the 7 Series have superb cockpits, the 2011 Audi A8’s mix of shiny tech and man-cave comforts is hard to beat. It’s odd that Audi thought of everything except perfecting the most elemental bit — driving.

2012 BMW Z4

09/29/11
86
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 2012 BMW Z4
Convertible

While the abstrusely named Z4 sDrive28i is less powerful than its six-cylinder predecessor, I’m not missing those two extra chambers one bit.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

12/22/11
85
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 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
Hatchback

Run the 2012 Sonic hard and it’s genuine fun. It has a nice nose, handsome wheels and bright accents, which is not to say it’s not a bit of an ugly duckling, but the real revelation is the interior.

2011 Chevrolet Volt

11/04/10
85
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 Chevrolet Volt
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

10/13/11
85
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 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
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.

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