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

2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe

05/17/12
90
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe
Coupe

The Aston Martin Vantage V-8 roadster is not the fastest car, but quick enough. And it’s nicely balanced, great to look at, and wonderful to sit inside. What more can you ask from an impractical, two-seat convertible, anyhow?

2011 Audi R8 Convertible

01/06/11
90
100

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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.

2012 Bentley Mulsanne Sedan

07/05/12
90
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2012 Bentley Mulsanne Sedan
Sedan

I found the Mulsanne to be a big car that proved surprisingly wieldy. The lap of luxury? Yeah, pretty much, but my experience with Bentley’s electronic gadgetry has been consistently poor.

2011 Bentley Mulsanne Sedan

07/28/11
92
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Bentley Mulsanne Sedan
Sedan

Unlike white-knuckle-driving supercars which cost more than a house in Florida, the Bentley Mulsanne induces a vastly different reaction. Breath out, relax. You’re rich, after all.

2012 BMW 6 Series Convertible

03/03/11
88
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 6 Series Convertible
Convertible

By nature convertibles are exercises in compromise. Either they’re small and fun but have no space, or are too big and lumbering. The 2012 BMW 650i is an exception. First, it’s sexy. Honed and a tad bit dangerous, its lines are long and flaunting, undeniably special.

2011 BMW X3 SUV

01/27/11
83
100

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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.

2012 BMW Z4 Convertible

09/29/11
86
100

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

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2012 BMW Z4 Convertible
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.

2013 Bugatti Veyron Roadster

09/13/12
93
100

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

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2013 Bugatti Veyron Roadster
Convertible

Odd thing about the Veyron: It is the least sexy exotic on the market. But you buy it for the direct link from the accelerator to your endorphin receptors. This is not a car. It’s the world’s most expensive rollercoaster ride.

2012 Buick Regal Sedan

01/19/12
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 2012 Buick Regal Sedan
Sedan

The Buick Regal GS was fun to drive. The cars pulls rather than pushes you, and some maneuvers are awkward. But it keeps you mindful and engaged. The major failure was the center console and optional navigation system; such a mess of random buttons.

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.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V

05/19/11
88
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
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.

2013 Cadillac XTS Sedan

09/27/12
82
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 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.

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