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 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

05/19/11
88
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
Wagon/CUV

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.

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman CUV

05/05/11
84
100

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

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 Explorer SUV

03/17/11
84
100

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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 Rolls-Royce Ghost Sedan

02/24/11
89
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 Rolls-Royce Ghost Sedan
Sedan

I’ve experienced many cars that handle better, but few that lend such a sense of place and well-being as the 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost. So this is what it feels to be like the idling rich.

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.

2011 Hyundai Equus Sedan

01/13/11
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 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 Audi R8 Convertible

01/06/11
90
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 R8 Convertible
Convertible

With the top missing, the proportions of the Audi R8 5.2 Spyder are better — wider and more squished. More exotic. The combination of all-wheel-drive, mid-engine layout, manual transmission and big engine is the perfect algorithm for a convertible.

2011 Mazda 2

12/01/10
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 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 Volt Hatchback

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
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.

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

10/14/10
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 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe
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.

2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

10/07/10
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 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.

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